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Old 07-09-2019, 08:41 AM
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New 50lb furnace for color, best advice to start

Just ordered a Vulcan II crucible kiln, for my studio. I would really like to get advice on pretty much anything and everything that any one has to offer as far as maintenance, trouble shooting, and best ways to START batching some color. I currently batch spruce pine in my main furnace. Thank you everyone in advance.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:26 AM
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Ditch the electric and get a gas furnace?
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:11 PM
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Ditch the electric and get a gas furnace?
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And aren't we such a big help....

Get a copy of Glassnotes IV and read the section I wrote on batch. Then read the Section Frank Wooley wrote on annealing. Get a copy of Volf "Chemical approach to Glass" and a copy of Weyl "Colored Glasses". Then try to buy a copy of the Willhelm Schmidt formulas from the Thuringen Factory 1925 translated by Finn Lyngaard. Then get Henry Helmer's "Secret book of batch formulas".

Then get rid of the electric furnace and go to gas... There's a lot you can't do in electric.

I'm actually considering rewriting the Schmidt book and converting every formula to being a 96. L.E.C. I am wondering if that's copyright violation.
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I like to use an 8' x 8' grow tent as a batch room. *Just* fits everything you need and you can roll it up and throw it away when you're done with it. Always seemed like a better idea than having to deep clean some space after you were done.

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Old 07-15-2019, 11:04 AM
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"Get a copy of Glassnotes IV and read the section I wrote on batch. Then read the Section Frank Wooley wrote on annealing. Get a copy of Volf "Chemical approach to Glass" and a copy of Weyl "Colored Glasses". Then try to buy a copy of the Willhelm Schmidt formulas from the Thuringen Factory 1925 translated by Finn Lyngaard. Then get Henry Helmer's "Secret book of batch formulas".

A mere $3k in books in today's money, lol. But probably worth it. Henry Halem gave me his copy of Weyl's book and Im forever grateful. Glass Notes is the best place to start but you will have many more questions. I can't really speak on electric, our color furnace is natural gas. I'm surprised there's not a "DIY Colored Glass" by Pete Vanderlaan, available. Seriously though i would be very interested in seeing a rewrite of Schmidt's formulas.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:49 PM
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Indeed. Maybe you and at least eleven other people.

Igneous Glass reprinted Volf and I believe it was $200.00. Weyl is apparently currently out of print but can be found used as an ugly softback. Hardbacks are quite rare. I know of a copy of Schmidt being auctioned on Ebay right now for $100.00. Helmer is available through Igneous. $100.00 I think.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:06 PM
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Here apparently is a new printing of Weyl fairly cheap from ebay

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...roach+to+glass

I don't know where the cover shot came from. There's not much info but one of them claims to be brand new and is the cheapest.
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