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Issue #039 - Art Glass Patterns
November 29, 2011

Hot Out of the Kiln

November 30, 2011

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! The temperature is dropping as we rush into winter, and I do mean rush. The stores are filled with Christmas items and you can’t help but feel the pressure of preparing for the upcoming holiday.

Creating for the holidays and the cooler temperatures are a good excuse for heating up the kiln and making seasonal designs. If you are at a loss for ideas and love patterns, check out the Fused Glass Christmas page for some great designs and ideas.

I have been experimenting with glass clay and have used it to make some interesting and creative cabochons to give this year. Although it isn’t a smooth and pliable type of clay, it can be used much like other clays and I am trying some silver clay techniques for the holidays.

Work is slowly continuing on the Intermediate Video. Time on the computer is limited with the discomfort continuing in my shoulder and down my arm. The orthopedic doctor suggested another shot or surgery, but that last shot gave me over 24 hours of utter excruciating pain and I don’t really want to go through that again. I am continuing doing my arm exercises and can handle most of the pain during the day, but the restless throbbing filled nights are taking their toll on my rest.

Many of you have written with well wishes and I would like to thank you for your concerns and appreciate the support!

I have also received many emails regarding the ability to download the segments in movie form and have decided to start making these available. The “Beginner Glass Fusing Class” movie is now available for download, and the other movies will be available soon. I am trying to work out all of the kinks with this new company, so if you do have any problems, please let me know.

1. Feature Article

2. Quote of the Month

3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

4. Reader Question

5. Tips and Tricks

6. Share the Site

7. What's New

8. Product Review

Art Glass Patterns

With the Christmas right around the corner, it is time to review the art glass patterns that are on the web site. I love patterns and when I see things I want to turn them into fused glass items.

Although they can be added to many various forms, such as plates, bowls, platters, and other objects, I love turning them into pins. Most of my friends have tons of pins that I have made over the years, and it is fun to see them wearing them for the different holidays.

If you are just starting out in glass fusing, or want don’t want the hassle of cutting out patterns, try using some pre-cut Christmas shapes. These can be purchased to adorn your items or turn them into jewelry for gifts. Pre-cut glass designs can be purchase on line at locations such as

Most of the patterns on the website require the use of a glass saw to cut out all the details. Once the pattern is printed there are a couple of ways you can transfer the design to your glass.

If the pattern has been printed on paper, you can use rubber cement. Cover the back side of the pattern with rubber cement and place it on your glass. Then coat the top side with rubber cement. Allow the area to dry completely before cutting out the design with the glass saw.

The pattern can also be printed on card stock. Cut out the design and using a permanent marker, trace around the pattern. Be sure to use beeswax or chapstick to protect your markings before cutting out the pattern.

I love texture, so the majority of my patterns are only taken to a tack fuse so that the images have depth and dimension.

Have you been wanting to learn the hot craft of glass fusing, but don't know where to begin?

Whether you enjoy watching movies to learn the techniques, or having a book to refer to as you learn, these learning tools will assist you in your progress.

If you don't have access to glass fusing classes, or want to learn some of the techniques that are not generally taught at these instructional settings, look no further.

I am trying to add new and exciting information all the time, and these learning materials are the newest items added to the site to help others learn glass fusing procedures.

Beginner Glass Fusing Class – Chapters: Glass Types and COE, Glass Phases, Thermal Shock, 1000 Degrees Fahrenheit, Devitrification, Annealing, Quarter Inch Rule, Glass Assembly, Safety, Kiln Types, Basic Supplies, Preparing the Kiln, Preparing the Kiln Shelf, Cutting Glass, Designing Glass, Firing Glass, The Final Fused Project


  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class DVD
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class Book
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class E-Book
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class Downloadable Movie

  • Beyond the Basics – Chapters: Reading a Chart, Molds, Fused Tile, Business Card Holder, Glass Stand, Comb Honey, Coral Bowl, Fused Barrette, Glass Donut, Pre-cut Pieces, Painting on Glass with Glass, Sifting Frit onto Glass, Soap Dish, Fused Glass Dots, Drilling a Hole, Glass Powder Wafer, Sifting into a Stencil, Stringer Project, and Powder and Frit.


  • Beyond the Basics DVD
  • Beyond the Basics Book
  • Beyond the Basics E-Book
  • Beyond the Basics Downloadable Movie - Coming Soon

  • Intermediate - Chapters: Embellishments, Glass Workshop, Broken Art Glass, Casting Glass, Cold Combing, Copper Mesh Method, Crackle Technique, Etching Glass, Fused Glass Frame, Marble Glass Art, Fused Glass Lace, Fusing Photo Paper, Fused Wind Chimes, Glass Clay, Puffy Glass, Rubber Stamping on Glass, Slumping Bottles, Stringer Bowl


  • Intermediate Glass Fusing DVD - coming soon
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing E-Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing Downloadable Movie - Coming Soon
  • Miscellaneous

    How to Make Dichroic Glass Art – Chapters: Definition of Dichroic, History of Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Side of Glass, Colors and What Do they Mean, Crinkled Dichroic, Dichro Slide, Dichroic Coated Copper Foil, To Cap or Not to Cap, Etching Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Donut, Making Simple, Elegant Cabochons, Getting Creative, Shaping Cabochons, Dichroic Cabochon Finishing, Wrapping it Up.


  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art DVD
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art Book
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art E-Book
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art Downloadable Movie - Coming Soon

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    Reader Question


    I embossed some pieces of glass about 3/4" by 1/2" at about 1600 degrees then annealed at 1000. When I opened the oven up there was no detail left at all. I had put the Bullseye on the bottom and preheated it. What do I do to keep the image on the glass?

    Thanks Randel


    My Response


    Once you emboss the glass, you need to cool it down quickly to retain the image...don't let it sit at a high temperature, or it will fill in again. Open the lid and cool quickly to about 1000 degrees...shut the lid and if the temperature goes up again, open the lid and cool again. Anneal the piece at about 950 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of an hour.


    Do you have any other suggestions or hints on glass embossing? Share your comments with our readers. Thanks!

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    Delphi is now offering some interesting new molds for glass fusing.

    Stainless Steel Candle Holder Mold

    These new stainless steel molds come in three sizes: 8 inch, 6 inch and 4 inch. You can purchase them separately or in a set that includes all three sizes. Purchasing the set saves you money. These would make great presents or craft items.

    Tribal Beads Mold

    This mold will enable you to make 5 beads at one time. They can be used individually as focal points or together to create unique jewelry. They include a manual that can be downloaded with some great information.

    Small Ring Beads Mold

    This mold has 6 areas for creating fused rings. Much like the Tribal Beads they can be used as a group or individually, and there is also a downloadable manual that offers some suggestions for these beads.

    Craig Mitchell Smith Floral And Foliage Mold

    This is a 7 piece flower mold set that can be used to create poppies, buds and fading blooms. By changing the mold configuration, you can influence the final results. The set includes the following molds: one flower center (4-3/8" diameter x 2-1/4" high), one stamen accent slumper (1-13/16" diameter x 7/8" high), and 5 petal/leaf slumpers (each 5" long x 3-1/2" wide with 1/2" depth contour).

    Beginner Glass Fusing Class Downloadable Movie

    The Beginner Glass Fusing Class is now available in a downloadable format. This version includes the entire movie that could only be purchased in DVD form.

    Save it on your computer or other devices for instant viewing.

    Click here for further information on purchasing and downloading the movie.

    Since we live in a world of instant gratification, there is nothing like being able to quickly receive our purchases. I love shopping on line, but hate the days of waiting to receive my desired items. Even with expedited shipping you have to wait a few days before you can actually see and touch what you have bought on line.

    If you are just starting out in glass fusing, then you will need to know all of the basics to this hot craft. Much like attending a start class, the “Beginner Glass Fusing Class” movie covers all of the elementary information.

    From setting up your kiln and basic supplies to an actual firing of a couple of simple pieces, this movie walks you through the processes.

    When you purchase this movie, it is like bring the teacher home with private lessons. It is suggested that you watch the movie through the first time, and then watch and review sections that might need more research or understanding.

    There are 18 informative chapters that include the following:

  • Introduction
  • Glass Types and COE
  • Glass Phases
  • Thermal Shock
  • 1000 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Devitrification
  • Annealing
  • Quarter Inch Rule
  • Glass Assembly
  • Safety
  • Kiln Types
  • Basic Supplies
  • Preparing the Kiln
  • Preparing the Kiln Shelf
  • Cutting Glass
  • Designing Glass
  • Firing Glass
  • The Final Fused Project
  • Soon you will be creating fused glass projects that you have been dreaming about making. The basics will assist you in starting on your fusing adventure.

    Imagine making fused drapes, barrettes, bracelets, drop rings and so many more ways to manipulate glass inside the kiln. Learning the basics will give you a principal understanding of the various processes.

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    See you next month…

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