Ken, Thanks for the info. And I hope you don't mind entertaining a
few more questions. If the wider beam doesn't get the glass to
stick to the metal, I wonder if it is because of the heat
differential. Wonder if it would work if you were adding additional
enamel as a 2nd layer, already having laid down a base coat? What
effect would the laser be on laying down foil? Have you ever tried to
use the laser to fix a hole in a plique-a-jour cell? BTW - What's the
difference in width's between a wide beam and a narrow beam?
Thanks again Ken for answering the questions emanating from my
foolish brain cells. Joel
I can see some potential problems, but again never having worked w/
a laser I just don't know.
I've tried to fuse the powdered enamels with the laser and didn't
have much success. Seems the intense heat in such a small area
scorches the enamel rather than flowing it. When I used a wider beam,
the enamel would flow but not stick to the base metal.I could see
possibly repairing a hairline crack but not filling voids.
Or like torch-firing could a laser work from underneath heating the
metal enough to fuse the glass powders on the other side.
Possibly could with a wide, soft beam but that defeats the whole
purpose of the laser. You would have to put the peice in a jig and
use a very fast pulse rate. Would be easier to just throw it in the