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Grinding enamels using a flat lap


#1

I have a question for the enamelists on list. I would like to use an
Inland Swap Top Flat Lap to grind my glass enamels but I am concerned
about a flat piece being snatched out of my hand and taken beneath
the lap cover (reference link:http://tinyurl.com/y4wy9p

t). For those of you who use a similar
machine to grind your enamels, could you give me a suggestion or two
on how best to securely hold a flat piece while grinding?

Also what would you say would be the best method for acheiving a
satin finish on glass?

As usual, I thank you all for sharing your wisdom…


#2
I have a question for the enamelists on list. I would like to use
an Inland Swap Top Flat Lap to grind my glass enamels but I am
concerned about a flat piece being snatched out of my hand and
taken beneath the lap cover

I’m not a serious enameller but I would suggest that you stick a
temporary handle to your piece before you grind it. A flat-headed
nail could be used or a larger block of metal and it can be stuck on
using wax, superglue or epoxy. If either of the last two are used,
the ‘handle’ can be removed after grinding by placing the piece in a
deep freeze for a while or, in the case of superglue, by heating the
piece gently. If you use a nail, you will probably have to file the
head flat so that you can get a good contact between it and the
workpiece.

Ian

Ian W. Wright
Sheffield UK