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Issue #58 - Breaking Bottles
May 16, 2013

Hot Out of the Kiln

May, 2013

We will be leaving on vacation June 1st, so I am sending out the e-zine early this month. We are headed to Alaska on a cruise for a week, and I am looking forward to a relaxing vacation.

My grandson’s co-worker, Karla is getting married this summer and she wanted some dichroic butterflies to wear and give to her bridesmaids. It was a lot of fun helping and teaching her about glass fusing. She is a quick learner, and actually cut out all of her glass using a glass saw for the first time. The butterflies are absolutely stunning and she will be coming back this weekend to finish off the pieces.

I have received and approved the paperback copy of the book, “Glass Bottle Art”. It as well as the PDF format on CD are now available for purchase. To find out more, click here.

The Summer Issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine is also ready and available by clicking here. Here is a sneak peek at this issue of the newest edition of the magazine:

Summer 2013 - Fused Glass Projects Magazine

Letter from the Editor

by Connie Brown

Table of Contents

Articles

Pursing a Dream

by Anne Nye

Anne is a well-known artist who generously shares her inspiring insights with readers. Anne describes how her distinct artwork is assembled and the method she uses to hang these fabulous detailed pieces. She works in layers starting with an under glaze which "tones" the entire work.

Ladybug Pendant

by Connie Brown

Connie was comissioned to create this adorable design for a bug exterminating company. Detailed instruction are included for creating this little bug, or use the pattern that is contained in the article.

Weaving with Glass

by Helen Rose

Weaving glass is one of those seemingly impossible skills, as glass is so solid compared to textile techniques, but with this tutorial you’ll be able to weave glass to create a bowl that will amaze your friends and family.

Structural Thoughts

by Michelle Rial

Michelle offers some great tips on the structure of your designs. One of her great tips is to take the time to analyze before you start cutting. Continue reading as she shares her insights to creating fabulous fused glass artwork.

Diamond Hand Pads

by Peggy Redwine

Many people prefer diamond hand pads to do their hand polishing with their glass fusing projects. At times, polishing by hand is required rather than the grinders and sanders used when cold work is done with glass. Find out more about these pads and how they can assist you in finishing off your glass projects.

Homemade Splash Guard

by Richard Wood

A splash guard is handing when using a glass saw, grinder or other tools that splash water around the work area. Richard has creatively solved this problem by making a homemade version of this handy tool.

Using Dichro Slide Paper and Making Decals

by Sandy Herrera

Making your own decals for glass fusing can be fun and exciting. You can personalize your own shapes or using others from other sources. Sandy shares her method for using these colorful pieces in glass fusing to craft wonderful pendants or to make designs on bowls.

Freeze and Fuse

by Tiffany Parham

This technique where powdered glass is used to form 3-dimensional glass objects can be a fun beginner project. Tiffany describes the steps, how to fire the pieces and includes a materials list of supplies.

Simple Wire Wrap for Glass Cabochon

by Trish Schronagel

This tutorial will show you how to grind a groove or channel around a glass cabochon so it can then be wire wrapped quickly and easily. It includes clear and colorful pictures of each of the individual steps.

Tips and Tricks

We are starting a new section to provide everyone with some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.

Trouble Shooting

Glass Compatibility - What is glass compatibility and how is it important in glass fusing?

Reader Comments

What's New

Glass Fusing Supplies

Advertisers'/Contributors' Index

Until next month…keep it hot!

Con





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


Breaking Bottles


Breaking bottles is not a very complicated process, but safety precautions should be taken to assure your safety.

Some of your artwork can be made using pieces of broken bottles. If that is the case, then learning a safe way to break the bottles is essential.

Warning: Be sure to take any and all safety precautions when attempting to break a thick or thin bottle. Glass shards are dangerous and can cause damage to you and your surroundings.

Bottle Art Materials List:

  • Clean Glass Bottle
  • Two Plastic Bags
  • Hammer
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves
  • Put on your safety glasses and gloves.

    Once you have cleaned your bottle and allowed it to dry, place it inside two plastic bags. One plastic bag could tear during the process.

    Take the hammer and give it a solid whack. This might take several attempts to achieve completely breaking the bottle. The hammer can be used to break larger pieces into manageable size chunks.

    Carefully extract the pieces from the plastic bag. This can be done by using your gloved hand to remove larger chunks, and then tipping the bag onto a smooth surface to extract the smaller shards of glass.

    Using a paper towel, again clean the glass. Now your shards are ready to use in your desired project.

    Arrange the pieces on a prepared kiln shelf and fire to a tack or full fuse. They can then be turned into some bottle art jewelry.

    I like to take the pieces and place them into a mold. Once brought to a tack fuse, these create outstanding glass bottle art.




    “Every artist was at first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    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.

    To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.

    TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.

    If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.

    It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.

    It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.




    READER QUESTION:



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    Hello, a piece of fusing thinfire has wrapped on the glass when fusing. When cooled and removed it has left a horrid mark, rough and dull. Do you know any way i can remove the mark please.

    Jackie



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    What would you suggest to Jackie? Please respond. This information will not only help Jackie, but others who have the same question. Thank you!



    Responses help others in finding answers to their fusing questions. Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thanks!




    Purchase terra cotta pots and saucers from any garden center and use them for pot melts.


    Clicking on the "Share this page" button at the bottom of your favorite pages will enable you to come back to your preferred pages and help others find interesting and exciting information.

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    Bullseye

  • New Classes at Bullseye


  • Delphi Glass

  • New Fusing Supplies


  • Coatings by Sandberg

  • New Dichroic Glass Products


  • Slumpy”s

  • Slumpy’s What’s New


  • Titanium Glass Scribe™


    The Titanium Glass Scribe™ can be purchased on line at Playing With Fire

    This is unique type of writing instrument can be used to sign glass.

    The tool is 6 inches long with a fine and medium tip on each end.

    It actually draws on the glass with ease, and does not scratch the glass.

    The glass needs to be wet when writing.

    It makes a very subtle mark on the glass, which is not very visible, but is permanent.

    They say that the tips will gradually wear down, but can be sharpened using a piece of sandblasted glass or a fine emery paper.

    Although it is a quick and easy way to sign your artwork, the marks are not as visible as I was hoping.




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    See you next month…

    Con

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