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Old 12-29-2020, 09:46 AM
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Large Vase replacement

I had someone contact me about replacing this large vase, total dimensions 12.5" diameter, 14" tall. It is too large for my glory hole and me as an unassisted blower. Contact email is janis at jbrandoncpa.com if you are interested in helping her out.
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Old 12-29-2020, 12:49 PM
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That is right up Eben's alley.
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Old 12-30-2020, 06:01 AM
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It used to be, Pete. I smartened up and realized it was always a gamble wether I could hit it on the first whack. I like stability and have been enjoying making smaller work. My back is happy too.
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Old 12-30-2020, 07:35 AM
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I understand that sentiment. It's really not that big actually but it should be mold blown before the punty transfer. It's hard to keep the latent heat in a piece which has the type of base this thing has. You work that whole section too long and the neck is going to go cold on you. But in a mold, not so bad.

Just remember to ice down your arm at the end of the day.
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Yes, a mold would be ideal but the quote for a mold would be around $800 I think. This vase probably came from pier 1 imports and the owner is crushed that their highly valuable vase that cost $100 must be salvaged .. so when I come at them with a $1500 quote, I look like Iím the biggest A-hole in the world and how dare I try to insult them.
Remember that gigantic Bell jar I coldworked At your shop? The client was trying not to pay me because the flare at the lip was not a perfect 90 degree angle. That was the last straw for me.
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:06 AM
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I think the important part on the mold is that bottom part and it could be done taking a plaster/silica off of the original. Given that it flares slightly it could potentially be a two piece one but with some negotiating with the owner, it could be straight walled which would simplify things considerably.

Big ugly things that actually cost money to make are tough sells.
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