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Old 02-21-2003, 09:20 AM
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Do they have a catalog? Nancy

i don't know of a catalog, but i have posted a copy of their product information and price list at yahoo. it requires a much higher resolution than can be posted here. i will also post this in the glassblowing_topics discussion group at yahoo, but that requires that you register as a member, so i linked it here as well.

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/laserglas...c=ph%26.view=t

all the glass marked is compatible with 4C cullet which i use. if you use spectrum cullet, you can use the glasses in the 94 to 96 range.

the best way to use this glass is to form a coop and buy in bulk. for example, get 50 pounds of red, 50 pounds of blue. get the order to a few hundred pounds, then split it up among several people. i don't know what the minimum order is. i sure don't take much glass to make a bead, so 50 pounds might last a while.
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I have a suggestion for screening your frit into different sizes. I saw this at an enameling workshop I took a zillion years ago.

Get different sizes metal mesh from a good hardware store, or small parts. Collect 3-4 identical sour cream or yogurt containers. Cut the bottom off of these. Place one of the screens over the cut bottom, then put aluminum foil over that.
Turn your iron on high, and place flat against the foil until it
begins to melt. (this stinks, don't breathe in the fumes-).
Voila, the screen is fused to the bottom of the container.
Trim the excess screening off. Then layer the containers, one
inside the other, biggest screen on top, smallest on the bottom.
Put the frit in the top, put a lid on it, and shake it like a sifter.
The frit shakes out into different sizes, which are contained by
the screens. (is this clear??). Below is a container I made to
strain beads into after soaking in lime away:

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Mark - do you realize how many people must think of you when they use your tips and techniques and are saying to themselves "thank you mark!" or in some cases "thank you mike!". When I make my "Mark's Glass Crusher" that's what I'll be saying.

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Old 02-21-2003, 11:28 AM
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Mark..... Great Job......... Sam Boot our buddy here on the WC makes frit crushers hes really a great guy, if anyone is looking for one and dosent want to make own he will...... I love mine........ I call them Sammys Crusher.... StacyLynne
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Hi Mark

This is my first post on WetCanvas. I think I'll be spending some time here. Seems like a good group of glass folks.

The crusher looks great. I've used the ole garbage disposal method, but it created too much fine frit and powder, even after I drilled the openings larger for the glass to be ejected through. I also found that the powder and the fine frit were not usable due to small metal filings that ended up in the glass. You could try to get the metal out with a magnet, but you never really do get it all out. Just isn’t worth the frustration of having small specs of black junk in your finished project.

Going by what I saw in your pictures you don't get a whole lot of the smaller stuff with your crusher. So, I guess the issue of metal in the glass isn't an issue with your method, right?

Have you heard of anyone heating glass in a kiln then dropping it in a bucket of water to make frit? I'm tempted to try this, since there would absolutely be no possibility of metal getting in the glass, and it seems a very quick way to do a lot of glass.

But since I haven't tried it I don't know what the drawbacks might be.

Thanks again for the idea, and looking forward to reading more of your posts.
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I guess the issue of metal in the glass isn't an issue with your method, right? Have you heard of anyone heating glass in a kiln then dropping it in a bucket of water to make frit?

some metal may have flaked off the first few times i used it, but i don't get any now. yes you can heat the glass to 1000 then dump it into water to crack the glass into small pieces, but you still need to wack it to crack it.
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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

I just found this. I think it is so helpful it desevces a *bump*. Now I am off to the hardware store... thanks Mark!
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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

And I'm bumping this again, because it is such an AWESOME tutorial!

Thanks, Mark, for all your help.

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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

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And I'm bumping this again, because it is such an AWESOME tutorial!

Thanks, Mark, for all your help.

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Yes it is, again, Thanks Mark, we would be lost without you.
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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

Hey Ann
What a fantastic idea! I never would've thought of that! Using an iron to melt the plastic container into the mesh....had I even thought of trying to make different sized screens, I'm afraid I'd dug out the ol' duck tape to attach the mesh to the containers. Melting it in is waaaaaaay neater. Thank you so much for the tip.
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I have a suggestion for screening your frit into different sizes. I saw this at an enameling workshop I took a zillion years ago.

Get different sizes metal mesh from a good hardware store, or small parts. Collect 3-4 identical sour cream or yogurt containers. Cut the bottom off of these. Place one of the screens over the cut bottom, then put aluminum foil over that.
Turn your iron on high, and place flat against the foil until it
begins to melt. (this stinks, don't breathe in the fumes-).
Voila, the screen is fused to the bottom of the container.
Trim the excess screening off. Then layer the containers, one
inside the other, biggest screen on top, smallest on the bottom.
Put the frit in the top, put a lid on it, and shake it like a sifter.
The frit shakes out into different sizes, which are contained by
the screens. (is this clear??). Below is a container I made to
strain beads into after soaking in lime away:

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Old 09-17-2004, 10:02 AM
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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

thanks to leslie and beth for bumping this up again. it will settle into the mud soon enough, but you guys have always been kind to me, so i thought i would take a moment and thank you publicly.
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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

Mark - it's all been said before - but THANK YOU!! What a guy - to give so much of your time to the rest of us! I've been really frustrated with frit (and the lack thereof) lately...I may have to visit my Home Depot this afternoon. I've been making small batches in my little Krups Coffee Grinder though - it's not too bad if you tip it upside down and shake the glass "up" into the spinning blades. Otherwise you end up with more powder (I like medium frit myself) than frit.

Your method strikes me (pun intended!) as more consistent and also providing great opportunity to vent some frustrations !!!

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opportunity to vent some frustrations !!!

Thanks again!!

yes, just pretend the glass you are hammering is the head of one of the political groups flooding the TV with their nasty commercials.
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.....but then I'd end up with useless ultra-fine dust (sorta like what's in their heads!).....

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Re: How to make your own frit and save money!!!

Sending your great information around yet again Mark, thank you!
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