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Why does rubbing your hands on chicken wire feel like glass?

Can anyone explain the phenomenon of rubbing your hands together on chicken wire and having it feel like soapy glass? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Can anyone figure out how to clean this glass?

I installed a clear glass shower enclosure in November 2005. After showering, I use Tilex Fresh Shower on the glass. Now, after nearly 20 months, the glass has something that looks like "build-up" (see picture) that I cannot get rid of. I've used Windex and all its equivalents, white vinegar, Tilex Tub and Tile cleaner, The Works, Kaboom, CLR, lime remover, and even bleach on a small section. I also used a razor blade thinking it might be able to be scraped off but there does not seem to be build up on the surface; it is smooth to the touch. Any idea how I can clean this so that the glass is clear again?
posted by ampang701 on Jul 23, 2007 - 27 answers

Turn an antique bottle into an incandescent bulb!

Craftiwork Filter: Help me turn an antique bottle into a light bulb/fixture. The incandescent sort. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on May 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Hole in my glass - what to do?

I have a hole in a glass bottle - can i patch it or fill it with something? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on May 24, 2007 - 8 answers

trying to create a privacy wall from glass blocks

I want to create a privacy wall on a deck we're building using recycled 6 x 6" glass blocks. What is the best material to use to set them, portland cement or flexset tile mortar? Also, what safety considerations do I have vis- a- vis windage and reinforcement i.e. what kind of a span is safe?
posted by frizelli on May 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Glassblower in Los Angeles?

Can anyone recommend a glassblower around Los Angeles CA to do a small job? I'd like to get some custom-made wineglasses. [more inside]
posted by Cog on May 9, 2007 - 4 answers

How to close the magnifying glass mouse cursor?

How to turn off magnifying glass mouse cursor in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by cda on May 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Tempered glass or plain glass for kitchen cabinets?

Should our kitchen cabinet doors have plain glass or tempered glass? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Apr 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Foggy Wine Glass

I left water in a wine glass for a couple weeks. Now the wine glass is all foggy. Is my glass doomed or can this be undone?
posted by umlaut on Mar 23, 2007 - 12 answers

How do I find the frames/supplies I need?

Where do I get or find supplies to make the frames I want for my photo show? I want the flat glass+backing kind that have the clips to sandwich the whole thing together. In weird sizes [more inside]
posted by henryis on Feb 6, 2007 - 12 answers

I've got nothing against infernos just not in the house

Would very much appreciate any advice on building a Lehr. My understanding of it is that it's pretty much a Kiln but with three sections. (Please correct if I'm off track) One section is very hot and contains contains a crucible with molten glass, another is to use while working with the glass to maintain temperature ect. and a third for very slow cooling. Any ideas, hypothetical and/or possibly related suggestions just as welcome. It will need to be rental-friendly, as in relocateable but apart from that consider all things to be possible.
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Feb 5, 2007 - 3 answers

Framing Papercuts?

DIY Framing - Double Sided w/ Chinese Paper Cuts? [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd on Jan 14, 2007 - 7 answers

How to clean melted polyester off of glass

How do I remove melted polyester fabric from the glass window of a propane fireplace? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Oct 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Where did these beads come from?

This past weekend, the family and I went to Chesapeake Beach (Brownie Beach) in southern Maryland. As we were looking for sharks teeth and other fossils, a woman next to us was telling us about the glass beads she was finding. These apparently were from a shipwreck from the late 1700's and were "trade goods" from England. I want to know more about them. obviously.. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Oct 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Glass heart of KY

About 12 years ago the wife and I where driving around Mammoth Cave KY, and there where these small shops that sold shards and chucks of colored glass in many different sizes. The glass was not manifactured for sale, but some byproduct of something or another. [more inside]
posted by edgeways on Oct 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Advantages and disadvantages of other materials compared to steel ?

What are the main advantages and disadvantages of materials like glass, concrete, wood, and plastics, compared to steel ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Sep 26, 2006 - 21 answers

Is there a laser beam hidden in my dishwasher?

Several times over the past few months, glasses have come out of my dishwasher sliced into two pieces. The cut is always smooth, and I don't find any glass shards left over. This only happens with glasses--mugs, plates, etc, are entirely unharmed. What might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Sep 15, 2006 - 15 answers

How to invisibly provide power to an LED?

How could I have LED's on a pane of glass light up with no visible contacts like This amazing table? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Sep 2, 2006 - 28 answers

Options for replacing heated side mirror on Dodge Durango?

AutoFilter: What are my options for replacing my driver's side mirror on a 1999 Dodge Durango? [more inside]
posted by jxpx777 on Aug 10, 2006 - 3 answers

Where can I find a replacement for a discontinued Ikea lampshade?

[LampshadeFilter]: I accidentally broke a beloved glass Ikea lampshade and I'd like to find a replacement. I was a klutz this morning and broke this lampshade that holds high sentimental value to its owner. It is a medium-blue glass, mushroom shaped lampshade bought around 2002. Ikea doesn't have a stock discontinued items, and eBay and Googling turn up nothing. Pictures are inside. [more inside]
posted by carabiner on Jun 14, 2006 - 12 answers

removing glass scratches

How can i remove scratches from my car windows? [more inside]
posted by maxmix on Mar 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Should I put dirty glass in the recycle bin?

What happens when I put a glass peanut butter jar with peanut butter remnants in the recycle bin? Does it cause extra work for the recycle sorter? Or will it just pass through the process? [more inside]
posted by 9000.68 on Mar 12, 2006 - 25 answers

Kitchen Disaster! How'm I gonna cook now?

I accidentally dropped a Pyrex pan of lasagna on my glass cooktop-- the cooktop completely shattered. (The pan, naturally, hasn't got a mark on it.) It doesn't look like any of the underlying structures are damaged. What's the chance we could repair this ourselves? It's apparently at least a $300 repair, and we can't really afford that until maybe July, and I'd like to have a usable stove before them. I don't mind if it's ugly, we can always have it professionally replaced later on when we can afford it. Would this really be worth it? Or are we better off microwaving and baking for months?
posted by Shoeburyness on Feb 25, 2006 - 12 answers

I need help making my own glass coffee table!

I need some construction suggestions for making a glass-topped coffee table. [more inside]
posted by autojack on Feb 19, 2006 - 21 answers

Can an average citizen get a fingerprint search performed?

Is there anywhere an average citizen in the U.S. can go to get a fingerprint search performed? [more inside]
posted by de void on Feb 8, 2006 - 16 answers

How to light up a stained glass window?

I'm looking for the best way to light up a large stained glass window at night. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Psharden on Feb 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Don't handle when hot!

Why aren't coffee pots made from Pyrex? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jan 4, 2006 - 20 answers

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Exploding Oven Door

On Thursday night, my stove's glass door exploded for no discernable reason whatsoever. Since MeFi's population encompass many trades, I'm hoping there's someone with a background in physics, engineering, or an appropriate tradesman who either knows or can venture a fairly educated guess as to why it happened. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Dec 21, 2005 - 25 answers

How to drill holes in glass without breakage

Drilling holes in glass blocks without breakage: Looking for tips (and anecdotes about diamond drill bits) to stop burning (drilling?) through other people's money. [more inside]
posted by artifarce on Nov 16, 2005 - 10 answers

Poltergeist.filter

Can anyone explain why these wine glasses broke for what appeared to be no reason at all? [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Nov 12, 2005 - 16 answers

murano ring

beautiful murano ring -- broken... [more inside]
posted by carmina on Nov 4, 2005 - 2 answers

Egg cream? That sounds gross!

AlkaFilter: I have about a dozen vintage glass seltzer bottles. (We had a seltzer guy who came until about five years ago, and never picked up the last batch of bottles.) I'd like to refill/recharge them, but the only knowledge I have is that CO2 canisters exist for this purpose (though maybe not for this type of bottle?). Without a factory or ancient tools, do you think there might be a way to achieve this goal?
posted by thejoshu on Nov 3, 2005 - 1 answer

What do you call a person who makes chandeliers?

What do you call a person who makes chandeliers? A chandelierlier?
posted by ijoshua on Oct 24, 2005 - 14 answers

Ideas for a glass tabletop project

I have finished building a dining table and want to use an all glass tabletop instead of wood top. The idea is that the glass top would rest on four leg supports. Originally I was thinking of getting grey tinted glass with countersunk holes that sits on dowel pins. Turns out it is almost a custom job and the cost is coming out to be too much for 0.5 inch glass. If I go with 3/8 inch glass then apparently they do not make grey tinted version of those. So here are my questions - What are good ways to prevent a glass top from sliding around when it is resting on four flat contact points which may be 1 to 2 inch in diameter. Special transparent glue ? or sticky pads ? I am looking for a clean look. The other question is what is a good way to get the tinted glass effect. I was thinking of may be using grey colored films. Not sure if that is the best way. If you think that is a good way i would appreciate some pointers to good sources of such films. Thanks
posted by flyby22 on Jul 15, 2005 - 23 answers

Glass Dynamics

I heard a long time ago that glass in old houses is thicker at the bottom of the pane because it's essentially a (very slow) liquid, and over time, it "melts" down to the bottom. Then, I heard that the story of glass "melting" was an urban legend. I thought I read this in "The Straight Dope", but I can't find it. Can anyone point me toward a definitive statement on this?
posted by interrobang on Jun 5, 2005 - 23 answers

Laminated versus acoustic glass

Laminated versus acoustic glass. Which is best glass for noise reduction: Acoustic or laminated glass? [mi]
posted by plep on May 27, 2005 - 4 answers

Restoring Gel Coat

I am prepping my old 18' catamaran for the summer and I would really like to restore the gelcoat finish on the fiberglass to a bright sheen. Can I use a regular buffing wheel, rubbing compound and wax that I would use on my car? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on May 6, 2005 - 3 answers

Kids TV

I need help remembering a kids TV show where the main character was painted on a juice glass. [more inside]
posted by helvetica on Mar 15, 2005 - 9 answers

Light for stained glass window?

I recently restored a nice stained glass window that we have hung on a wall. [more inside]
posted by Heatwole on Feb 21, 2005 - 9 answers

Affordable DIY Window Insulation

The windows in my flat do a lousy job of keeping heat in and cold out. Is there a way to improve the insulating properties of window glass without installing double glazing? Ideally it would be something I could install myself (and if necessary remove when I move out of my rented flat.) Googling turned up various window films, both do-it-yourself and have-somebody-do-it-for-you. Any experience with these or similar products? Any other suggestions?
posted by yankeefog on Feb 21, 2005 - 12 answers

Where can I find the kind of marker for use glass as a chalkboard?

I've seen this in a few movies (A Beautiful Mind perhaps?) and more recently in that horrible TV show "Numb3rs": A pane of glass being used as a chalkboard with some sort of marker. Where can I obtain such a marker, and what is it called?
posted by phrontist on Feb 7, 2005 - 33 answers

I want to learn more about contemporary classical music.

I want to learn more about contemporary classical music of the Pärt, Feldman, Glass variety. Anyone have any pointers? {more inside} [more inside]
posted by josh on Sep 29, 2004 - 23 answers

They broke my car window and got caught by police; can I get them to pay for it? Can I help to increase their penalty somehow?

Some punks nailed the passenger window on my Jeep early Thursday morning in an effort to get to the stereo... [more inside]
posted by cinematique on Aug 13, 2004 - 13 answers

How to get shards of glass out of my underwear?

What's a good way to get shards of glass out of my underwear? (Yes, there is more inside) [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Jan 19, 2004 - 24 answers

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