Fixing Those Soldering Iron Woes

Every now and then we get a call about a customer’s Studio 100 Soldering Iron not getting hot enough. We go through the standard questions like where did you purchase your iron, when did you purchase your iron, is there any damage to the cord, are you using a Studio Pro Tip, and the one that surprises everyone … What condition is your tip in?

 

Believe it or not, the most common cause for any soldering iron “not getting hot enough” is the condition of the tip. If a tip becomes oxidized or rusted it can no longer transfer heat which will make it seem like your soldering iron is not working. Check out this article for ways to fix your tips or better yet, prevent damage. COMPARISON_TIPS-WEB

 

Cord damage, while not as common as damage to the tip, can be brutal and no amount of electrical tape can fix it. However, there are some basic steps you follow to prevent damage.

  • Do not pull the cord to unplug the iron, pull from the plug.
  • Use a stand when working on a project to prevent the iron from accidently rolling into the cord.
  • Wait until the iron is completely cooled until you put it away.

The Studio 100 Soldering Iron has a built-in temperature control so it is very important to use a soldering iron tip that works with the built-in temperature control. Our Studio Pro Soldering Iron Tips are specifically designed to be used with our Studio 100 iron. Each tip has a temperature controlled magnet that when engaged with the soldering iron, produces the correct temperature. If you are using a soldering iron tip that does not have such a magnet, your Studio 100 will not transfer heat properly.

For more soldering tips, stop by the Creative Corner. Got a tip you’d like to share? Share your favorite tips in the comments section!

The Bevel Max… It’s Not Just for Stained Glass Anymore

Diamond-Max-2-in-1-grinder-Sure, you can quickly create your own custom bevels or modify stock bevels with the three-step system of the Bevel Max. But did you know that beveling is just the tip of the iceberg!

Fusers, you can eliminate devitrification (unsightly hazy spots from firing) with the Bevel Max! Simply use the Bevel Max polishing pad and compound to polish away any blemishes on the glass surface to bring your fused glass back to a beautiful shine. Yep, it is just that easy!

Gemstones are popping up everywhere these days, on clothing, jewelry, accessories and home décor. Beautiful beveled gems are so impressive and all you need to make them is the Bevel Max and a box of glass gems.

Speaking of facets, try beveling through layers of fused glass! Use the same process to modify stock bevels and add facets to any pieces of fused glass in three steps! One; use the grinding disks to shape and grind the glass surface. The 12 bevel block helps to hold the glass in place to ensure just the right angle. Two; use the laps to further grind and shape the glass. Three; use polishing compound (an extremely fine grit powder) and a soft polishing pad to bring your glass to a beautiful high polish. This works just as well with old beads that you just can’t seem to sell, turn them into faceted gems

Ready to learn more? Check out the Bevel Max here and to find one near you, visit our dealer locator.

tiny tip – where old stringers go to die

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We love this tip by Uglibeads!

Originally posted on Uglibeads - handmade art glass beads by Julie Wong Sontag:

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There are all kinds of little tips and tricks that make life as a beadmaker easier… I feel a bit dumb sharing some of them because they seem so obvious and simple. But if I didn’t know about them after many years in the bead world, maybe some of you didn’t either.

One of those things that is a pain is disposing of all those sharp nasty stringer bits that you’re done with. I used to dump mine in a bowl of water, but then I always had to deal with this nasty, swampy bowl full of sharp glass bits. Wait for the water to dry up, brush the nasty bits into some container so they wouldn’t rip a hole in the garbage bag… Ugh.

Then I read someone’s suggestion to get a big plastic bottle and drop the stringer bits right in there. Genius! It’s like my favorite thing on my work…

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Add a Burst of Color to Your Yard This Summer

 

BUTTERFLY FEEDER SLEEVE2012Summer is here! Garden centers, hardware stores, and nurseries are bursting at the seams with seeds, flowers and supplies necessary for those with a green thumb itching to plant a garden. As an avid gardener and butterfly plant enthusiast, I’ve already joined the ranks and gathered enough to plant a small farm in my back yard.

So it was no surprise as one of the members of the Product Development team at Diamond Tech, I worked to create a butterfly themed kit as one of our new products for 2013. The Jennifer’s Mosaics Butterfly Feeder Kit comes with everything needed to create a mosaic butterfly feeder – no extra tools or supplies. It does not get any better than that, just ask me!

This one-of-a-kind kit contains glass butterflies, tumbled recycled glass, cement, sand and a reusable 2 piece feeder mold, for those of you who want to make additional feeders for all your gardening buddies! They do make cool and interesting gifts!

Simply add water to the re-sealable cement pouch, squeeze to mix then add to the mold – totally mess-free! Next, press the ButterflyFeedKit-Box-WEBrecycled tumbled glass and colorful glass butterflies into the wet cement and allow feeder to dry. Voila, a whimsical and fun, butterfly feeder!

Learning about butterflies and being creative is something that kids and adults can do together, not only for fun but as a fantastic way to educate themselves about nature and the world around them. I think Diamond Tech got it right with the packaging too! Each kit is sure to get kids’ attention and foster enthusiasm as a tiny little cartoon professor points out interesting butterfly facts on the back of each box.

Diamond Tech creatively incorporates fun and science to help promote a respect and love for nature. This product is creative, educational and fun; and all of those words make me happy, how about you?

Check out the dealer locator on our website to find one in a store near you!

I Love The USA Giveaway

What’s red, white, and blue all over?

Patriotic Stone
Our brand new Patriotic Heart Stepping Stone Kit, that’s what!
Show your patriotic pride this July 4th and make this heart-shaped stepping stone for your garden or patio. Reusable mold lets you create 1 or 100+ stepping stones for your very own Yankee Doodle pathway! And to show how much Diamond Tech appreciates the men and women that serve in our military, a portion of this kits proceeds benefit our injured and fallen heroes! So tell your friends, the Patriotic Stepping Stone Kit is the feel good kit of the year!794366012257.PT01

Ready to WIN? Here are the rules: There are 4 ways to enter, you don’t need to do each to complete your entry, but the more ways you enter the more chances you have to win! The contest starts today June 17, 2014 and ends next Tuesday June 24, 2014. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Wednesday, June 25th.

1. Comment on this post

2. Like this post on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/diamondtech)

3. Comment on our Facebook post (www.facebook.com/diamondtech)

4. Retweet this post (https://twitter.com/blissfulcrafter/status/478952369888448512)
Good luck and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Did somebody say “Giveaway?”

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Check out our giveaway with Create & Decorate!

Originally posted on Create & Decorate—the blog:

The sweet cookie cutter garden stakes (shown below, and featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Create & Decorate) are so much fun to make, that Diamond Tech has offered us some product for a giveaway! How about a pair of Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Glass Nippers and a 20 oz. Variety Tumbled Glass? Yes, please! At a value of over $34.00, the lucky winner will have beautiful garden stakes completed in plenty of time for spring planting.

To enter, leave us a “pick me!” comment.

Good luck! The lucky winner will be announced Thursday March, 6.

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Check out the many fun products Diamond Tech has to offer here!

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•Diamond Tech

—Tumbled Glass

—Jennifer’s Mosaics Outdoor Cement

—Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Tile Nipper (optional)

• Open-bottom flower-shaped cookie cutters (approximately 3”)

• Delphi Glass No. 30386 plant stakes

• Aluminum foil, contact…

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