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Old 01-08-2019, 09:16 PM
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Off the hump?

Is there such a thing in glass as blowing off the hump like I used to do in production pottery? Weíve been making some nice cane ornaments but they rake about 20 Minutes from setup to box. Just 2 people. Im wondering if there is a way to go faster............thoughts?
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Yes. Keep the cane thick. I can get about 4 to 6 off of one roll up.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:49 AM
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Cane you explain a little more please? You roll up, then do you just heat the end for the first Ornament? What happens to the roll up while you are hooking, boxing etc or does someone else do that? Then you close th end of the roll up again? Etc etc?
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Cane you explain a little more please? You roll up, then do you just heat the end for the first Ornament? What happens to the roll up while you are hooking, boxing etc or does someone else do that? Then you close th end of the roll up again? Etc etc?
Thatís how I do it. I will give the moil a good blast with the torch before I bono off the ornament just in case it wants to crack. Sometimes I will just put it on a pipe hanger if I am alone. 2 people makes it easier. 3 people makes it profitable. I havenít done it in years though
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Three people? I would love to see some analysis of those costs divided out per hour, based on orders that were sold, with hourly wages, based on what to do with the employees when those pieces were not being made. That approach destroyed a lot of studios in the 2008 meltdown.

I've talked to people today who still try to produce 10,000 lbs of " Production" based on this sort of stats.

Production is a tricky animal based on some constants and they include demand. .
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Three people? I would love to see some analysis of those costs divided out per hour, based on orders that were sold, with hourly wages, based on what to do with the employees when those pieces were not being made. That approach destroyed a lot of studios in the 2008 meltdown.

I've talked to people today who still try to produce 10,000 lbs of " Production" based on this sort of stats.

Production is a tricky animal based on some constants and they include demand. .
I like the saying -
The dog who never leaves the porch will find no bones.

Since we moved our studio, demand in our work has exploded and we had to hire some help. Blowing glass with 3 people is how I learned and is incredibly efficient compared to blowing solo , which in my opinion is really only viable if you have a home studio and are making high end vessels.
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I usually use a modified from of suppio... it works well for transparent colors, and thicker cane made with duro. Basically make a dense overlay, or thick cane roll up, gather over once, and make a tube about 18"-20" long. Once annealed, saw into 2"-2.5" sections, then wash, then bring up in the pick up box, stab it up on a collar, and then use as you normally would.
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