Monthly Archives: August 2013

Protecting Your Fingers!

A great tip from the Glass Tips blog about how to make sure your fingers stay relatively unscathed during the glass grinding process!  I can’t recall how many times I’ve been grinding glass with sharp edges and sliced the middle of my fingers… It really makes typing a pain the next day!

In summary, there are a number of tools out there you can use, from rubber finger-tip protectors to “grinder cookies” to specific tools designed to keep your fingers off the glass.  Gloves are a bad idea, as they have the potential to get caught up in any machinery and cause more damage than just a cut finger!  

Here’s what I’ve found to be the best: the rubber finger-tip thimble!  

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They are pretty cheap, available at lots of office supply stores, come in a variety of sizes for different fingers, have good texture for gripping smooth glass and are pretty thick, so they last quite a while!  I also like that you can pull them off quickly and easily.

So tell me what you think… What’s your finger-tip protector of choice?

 

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Sharing the Glass Love

Well, it’s been a wild summer — so wild, in fact, that I didn’t even get around to posting an “I’ll be on a writing hiatus while I move twice and travel a bunch this summer” message before the craziness happened.  That’s totally a cop-out, but also true.

So in the spirit of trying to get back into the old doing-projects-and-writing-about-them saddle, I thought I would share a couple of things today.

My New Home

We bought a house!  And this is it…  Standard 50’s bungalow with a finished basement area.  We’ve painted most of the inside of the top floor to date, and added some tile to the basement shower base (gross old concrete), and we’re slowly unpacking and getting settled.  I’m sure there will be more posts to come in the future!

New Home!

Stained Glass Tips

This is a great blog for all kinds of glass tips!  So I thought I would share a post that I think is really helpful — a good reminder of process for setting up a project to solder.  You can check it out here!

Finished Light Box!

I actually finished soldering, added a patina and set up my light box project!  I have a post to write about the patina process I used, but here’s a pic of the finished project.