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Issue #018 - Bubbles In Glass
February 28, 2010
Hot Out of the Kiln
February 28, 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.
1. Feature Article
Feature Article - Bubbles in GlassBubbles in glass can be very frustrating, especially when you have taken lots of time on designing and preparing that perfect fused artwork. Although there are times when you want bubbles, most of the time they are deemed defects and flaws in the glass.
Larger bubbles are known as blisters, smaller ones as are referred to as seeds and the long stretched bubbles are called air-lines. Whatever you call them they can be quite a dilemma when they seem to just appear after firing.
Sometimes you go along doing the same procedures and all of a sudden glass bubbles appear for no apparent reason. Some of the items you might check if this should happen would be:
If you do acquire a large bubble in your finished product is there some way of removing this defect? There are a couple of things you could try to salvage the piece.
Quote of the Month“The world's a bubble; and the life of man Less than a span.” - Bacon, Francis,Viscount St Albans
Since Last E-ZineThis month I have been designing and writing about Valentine’s Day. Next month will be St. Patrick’s Day patterns, of course. Be sure to check out the Valentine patterns…they can be used all year long.
Next month is my youngest daughter’s birthday. Wanting to make something special for her, I have been on the hunt for something new and fun. December's Fired Arts and Crafts magazine had an adorable pizza plate that I though would be interesting. The particular design is a ceramic piece, but I wanted to do it in glass.
First I had to find someone who sold the ceramic form in my area. Once I purchased the item, I set about determining what I wanted on this pizza. I finally decided on a pepperoni and cheese pizza. I used a mixture of Glassline paints and frit as embellishments.
It is finished and is absolutely adorable. I am going to give her this piece and include a certificate for a local pizza parlor. She is going to just love the piece. I
am thinking about putting up a page on the site with directions on making this piece.
Reader CommentsSam writes:
Hello Connie, as always I enjoy your newsletters. I thought you might want to let them know should they decide to sell a piece with a rubber stamp image to make sure that it is an "angle stamp" otherwise it has possibly been copyrighted. A list of angel stamp companies can be found at this and other sites:
Angel List Complete
I look forward to your newsletter. It always has so many interesting and helpful ideas. Thanks for the coral bowl instructions. I can hardly wait to give it a try.
I have a suggestion to pass along. My husband came up with this idea after I complained that I was ruining my fingernails when grinding small pieces of glass for fusing. I purchased two different sizes of rubber finger tips from an office supply store. I cover my thumbs with the larger ones and several other fingers with the smaller size. They really protect your fingernails and also help to avoid some of those small cuts that you can get when pushing glass pieces into the grinding wheel. I hope your readers find this “tip” useful.
Tips and TricksWhen stacking glass, add a bubble squeeze. Soak for about 30 minutes at 1050-1100 degrees. Fine tune this to find out what works in your individual kiln and with different types of glass.
Additions to the Site02/01/10 – Angel Heart
02/02/10 – Butterfly Heart
02/03/10 – Two Hearts
02/04/10 – Frit of Love
02/05/10 – Laced Heart
02/07/10 – Kissing Lips
02/08/10 – Romantic Love
02/09/10 – Linked Hearts
02/11/10 – Cupid
02/12/10 – Winged Heart
What's New - Kiln Formed Glass BookDelphi is currently offering this Kiln Formed Glass book by Gillian Hulse for $24.95. It contains over 25 projects slumped and fused designs. Want more information on layering and combining clear, dichroic and textured glass with inclusions? This book will assist you in these areas as well as including detailed photographs and templates.
To purchase just go to
Kiln Formed Glass
located on the Delphi Glass site.
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