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Issue #026 - Adhesives
October 31, 2010

Hot Out of the Kiln

October 31, 2010


Hot Out of the Kiln brings you the latest information, ideas, and resources for your glass fusing experience. If you like this newsletter, please forward it to share it with your friends.

In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Submit an Article or Tutorial
4. What I Have Been Working On
5. Reader Responses
6. Tips and Tricks
7. Additions to Site
8. Product Review

Feature Article - Adhesives

There are a lot of commercial adhesives on the market for glass fusing. This month pages have been added to the site explaining a little more about the products used to attach and secure glass.

What are the types of glues you have used during your glass fusing experimentation? I have purchased various types of glues to not only join glass together, but also as a medium during other procedures such as frit painting, etc.

I have to admit that the one I use most is my inexpensive bottle of unscented hair spray. It dries so quickly and I don’t know about you, but I am always in such a hurry to get the decorating part over so that I can fire my piece.

I use the plastic tube inside the bottle to easily apply just a drop or two on my pieces. The liquid runs down and secures the glass and it is dry in a matter of minutes.

This doesn’t mean that the other glues used to join glass together are not helpful or useful. I think each one has its place and usage. When it comes to something like frit painting, for example, you want something that is not going to dry up too quickly or give you an uneven application.

The types of glues discussed this month are: Elmer’s Glue, Fuse It Tack Film, Glastac, Hairspray, Klyr-Fire and Hotline Fusers Glue. If you would like more information on these products, be sure to visit the website.

Quote of the Month

“True art lies in a reality that is felt” – Odilon Redon

Submit an Article or Tutorial

Do you have a great glass fusing article or tutorial that you would like to share? We are inviting submissions of articles or tutorials for the web site. The articles will become permanent on the site once approved and a link back to your website or blog can be included in the submission. Helping and sharing with others is a great way to assist others in learning information and techniques about glass fusing. You can add so much to the site with your knowledge and experiences.

If you have a web site or blog, then you know how important links are to get your site noticed by those search engines. A back link to your site will not only boost the search engine ranking, but assist in bringing traffic to your site.

For more information and submission, check out Submit Your Article.

What I Have Been Working On

This month has been filled with just about everything but glass fusing. I have finished the book version of the Beginner Glass Fusing Class DVD, and it has gone live on Amazon. Click on the image for more information on this new book.

This month I have added a page that will home links to various learning tools. These will be DVDs and books. I don’t know if there is an interest in also seeing and e-book, but let me know if you are interested. The first few chapters on the newest DVD are being assembled and getting ready to do the next chapters. Titled “Beyond the Basics”, this DVD will go into more information and quite a few projects for beginner glass fusing individuals. Watch for its release soon!

Reader Responses

Wow! We had a lot of responses from the last e-zine. It is always great to hear from everyone! Here are the replies received this month.

Alisa from Canada writes:

I save every little piece of glass, especially the dichroics. I put the black-backed ones in one small jar and the clear backed in another. When I have lots, I pour them into molds to make pendants with flashes of colour.

Love your newsletters.

Gail responds:

Hi -
Thanks for your newsletter. I always enjoy reading it! I will be passing it on to a friend of mine who will probably like to yell her glass fusing students about it.
And thanks for the idea of boiling scraps. Cleaning them individually with Windex and paper towel is SO impossible!
Here's one way to keep track of your little pieces: plastic condiment cups. My favorite little Greek restaurant gives me two with each souvlaki dinner. I just pop them in my doggy bag along with stuff I was too full to eat, and give them a wash at home. They're see-through, so you can know what's in there. They have snug-fitting lids. And they stack nicely. And they're free!

A word from Marge:

Your Sept. 30th newsletter was jam packed with so much useful information. I always check your Glass Fusing Made Easy site first when I need information, ideas, or useful tips. Thanks for all your time and effort.

Always great to hear from my friend Chris:

It's been a long time since I wrote to you. I still enjoy the newsletter and have a handmade tool or tip I like. The girl down the street had a new baby and had baby food jars everywhere. She would wash them out and put them in a bag to take to the recycle center. One day I brought several of the small jars and the larger jars home and sorted my scrap glass pieces into jars. I labeled them on the outside & top with a Label machine, COE 96 RED or COE 96 Black, etc. or COE 96 Dichroic. Whatever COE you use or jars for both. I found a plastic storage container at the department store ,that the jars would set in and now I can get the container down and look on the side of the jar or top and found the color and Know the COE. (I have mainly COE 96 but have a few COE 90, so I have a container that says COE 96 scraps and one for COE 90.) I sorted all different colors of blue into one jar and all greens into another, I did not have a jar for ever shade of red, blue green etc. My system has worked so well I took a sack load of jars to my friends house and her and I sorted her scraps the same way. She agrees it sure saves lots of time. I keep one of the large jars with no lid on my table as I work and as I get scraps I throw them in the jar. At the end of the day, when I clean up before going to the house, I sort the glass in the jars and I'm ready to start the day again tomorrow. I am no neat freak! I am messy, but because I have found the system works, it makes it easy for me to do this. Thanks again for all you information. ----------------------------------------------
News from Richard:

As a sculptor I've had lots of experience making molds out of clay so one thing I do is make disc molds into which I can fill not only with scrap glass but failed projects as well. I fire them to full fuse and when ready I drop them into my slumping molds, which I've also made, and turn them into bowls. I've also made billet molds, bas relief molds, and full sculpture molds. And these molds can be made from regular pottery clay. Their life expectancy isn't that great, clay needs a slower ramp up time than glass, but the cost of the clay isn't that high.

Storing scrap glass is easy, I just use old coffee cans. Clean and label them.

Marjorie writes:

I sort my scrap glass by color in the plastic sliding bins. For little scraps, I sort in a button jar—each container screws into the next one. It works out well and I can find everything. Thanks for the tip on how to clean scrap glass.

Thanks again for everyone who wrote in with helpful tips and useful information that can be passed on to other readers who will benefit from your knowledge and suggestions.

Tips and Tricks

Use clear nail polish to temporary glue items on the way to the kiln.

Additions to the Site

10/12/10 – Elmers Glue

10/14/10 – Fuse It Tack Film

10/16/10 – Glastac

10/18/10 – Hairspray

10/21/10 – Glass Fusing Techniques

10/23/10 – How to Fuse Glass Book

10/29/10 – Klyr-Fire

10/30/10 – Hotline Fusers Glue

Product Review - Beginner Glass Fusing Class Book

The Beginner Glass Fusing Class Book can now be purchased at Amazon. I have decided that not everyone enjoys a DVD and might prefer to have a book with information and visuals to assist them in learning glass fusing.

I love craft books and have a complete book case dedicated to these hundreds of books. Lay the book next to your kiln or project and you scan the pictures and work through the process.

If you are like me and enjoy craft books, then this book is a fantastic addition to your collection. Or if you know someone interested in glass fusing and you would like to help them in their journey this book will assist them in learning all the basics of glass fusing.

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