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  1. blauri68110

    pricing this? and doing this?

    Ive done electrical work for 10 years, and fixing the lights is probably easier than getting that acrylic in place. You could make some extra good money doing that work yourself. If you called me to do it, I'd charge 200 minimum for labor if I could finish within 2 hours. If the florescent fixture has power running to with a new bulb installed,but isn't working, then the ballast 99% of the time is no good. Turn off the power, take the bulb out, take off the metal cover under the bulb, cut the wires to the ballast close to the ballast. Install new ballast, and connect all wires color to color with orange wire nuts. Test new bulb. If it the bulb doesnt come on, the wires may have come out of the socket on the end, just take the aocket out and push the wire back in. If you want to do it check youtube for a video how to change fluorescent ballast, I'm sure they got it on there.
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    Uncommon vinyl inquiry.

    Hi. Ive been doing stained glass for a few years now, and I recently developed a method to eliminate about 90% of the time spent in the pattern stage of the process which allows me to produce finished works in about a 1/2 to a 1/3 of the time normally spent whike achieving a much higher level of accuracy. Ive had a lot of success in almost everythin related to the design process of vector patterns to cutting them in vinyl and then plotting them. The problem is the oracal 631. I figured that most of the vinyl is the same and just bought pretty much the first 30" roll I saw without really knowing much about it. I start by taking my pattern piece and sticking it on my colored glass, I cut the piece. The problem arises when I go to grind the glass, which uses a spinning grinder wheel and water. I grind one side but as soon as I touch the the vinyl which is where I stop grinding, water will creep under the edge. On a large piece it stays put since the middle is still attached but on smaller pieces the vinyl will lift up and start to move which doesn't do me any good. What I need is a vinyl that doesn't release easily when water is being pushed into the edge. I am thinking I need a vinyl adhesive that isn't water based, but I also want it to be able to peel off, preferably without tons of residue to clean off. would the oracal 651 be a better choice maybe? I assume the longer you leave it on, the harder it is to remove, but these would only be stuck to the glaas for about 20minutes to an hour at the most. Thanks
  3. Ok, so I am a noob when it comes to cutting vinyl and vectoring images. I have yet to receive my cutter yet, which is supposed to come in tomorrow. I purchased a USCutter SC 31 inch. My goal is to be able to take just about any image or pattern and turn it into a stained glass pattern, that I can then cut on the vinyl. I am wanting to avoid all of the work associated with a paper pattern where every glass piece has to be cut out by hand and then glued to the glass for glass cutting. The patterns will all be line drawings, where each shape is enclosed by either the perimeter edge or the piece(s) surrounding it. So in terms of cutting that out of vinyl I would need to cut all the lines out of the image, or just the shapes (same difference). I would want to be able to weed out just the line part of the image and then pull individual pieces off a few at a time to be stuck and cut out of glass and then moved to their final destination onto a pattern duplicate where all the pieces are assembled in their respective locations. I have been able to vectorize( not sure if thats what you call it) a few images with decent success. The main problem I keep encountering is being able to manipulate the width of my lines. I start by importing my image into inkscape, if it is a pdf I copy it in bitmap, I then trace it using the default settings(for unscaled pre-made black and white patterns). After I trace it I want to resize it, which works but I can never get to the size i originally wanted without the lines becoming too thick. The minimum thickness is 1/16"(5-6px) or Max is 1/8"(10-12px). I have used the "Inset and Outset" features of inkscape which works alot better if you need thicker lines but if you hit Inset more than once many of the lines become detached, and much detail is lost. I also tried a different approach by using something called "rapid resizer" which will trace the pattern along the center of your image's lines and then give you the ability to change the line thickness, but it does a poor job and leaves alot of speckles that you will have to remove manually or have all this crap traced into the inkscape vector. I will attach a few photos of a panel I just finished last week using my current technique of cutting the pattern by hand out of paper on top of poster board and then glued to the glass and cut/grinded. I will also attach an image I was manipulating earlier that I want 24 inches wide with lines between 1/16"-1/8". I had to shrink a few to make them under 1000K Thanks, Brian
  4. I also found a few patters that were made with hair thin lines, tracing that, resizing it, adding stroke, path to stroke, then merging them with union works almost flawlessly. Its the patterns that have thick lines that are the major source of the problem. Those I may trace in a small scale and then blow them up if I have to. Thanks to everybody, much has been learned today!
  5. yes, i did notice those few spots but a few minutes of touching it up isnt a problem, just dont want to spend hours tracing the image unless I really have to. I have a feeling this is going to work well and really allow me to spend more time with the glass than messing with patterns, and I might even make a sticker or two along the way
  6. well even though i was planning on taking a break, i decided to give it one more try. I finally figured out how to do what you were saying I was forgetting to make a duplicate to fill in the holes that were being made after i convert path to stroke. The first time I did it, the image has tons of nodes like 24k I copied in in bitmap and then retraced it and that cut the nodes down to 10.5k, is that too many? here is the peacock i managed to get to 24inches and I think it may work as a pattern, do you see any issues with the cutting it on vinyl? tiffanypeacock 24inwide.svg
  7. Ok thanks! I will try again tomorrow, my brain needs a break.
  8. I dont really want to trace the image. That would probably take just as long as cutting it by hand. Is there a way to add a stroke and then move the cut line to the edge of that added stroke? I thought thats what you were getting at, but I cant figure it out.. What I really need is a hairthin line traced down the center of the pattern image lines, that line could then be thickened/thinned as the image is resized because a 12" panel has the same line thickness as a 48" panel. Everytime I resize that peacock image above to 24" wide my lines are always over 1/8" thats too big of a gap between glass pieces
  9. I am only tracing pre-made patterns at the moment, and dont know how to do that yet either lol! The textured glass wont be a problem because all sheet glass has a smooth side so it can be scored and cut. Im not quite following what you are saying since I have only used inkscape a few days now, but i have discovered the stroke option and realized that is not where the cut will go. What I think you are saying is I might be able to add the stroke and then retrace the center of that line, leaving one line that the thickness can be manipulated? That would be perfect if it works right. Do you know where I can find more detailed information on this subject? or maybe spell it out in simple people language, I am still learning with this software stuff but making good progress I saw the dynamic offset button but had no idea how to use it, I clicked it and seemingly nothing happened so I just hit ctrl Z lol!
  10. This is the next panel I want to do with my new vinyl pattern technique I will develop. I need to be able to get the lines to the thickness I need when it is blown up to 24" wide. tiffanypeacock.svg
  11. THIS is what I want cut out of vinyl. I need the lines this thick but when the image is blown up I need the lines this same thickness, thats the problem I am having inkscape.