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Issue #033 - CBS Dichroic Coated Copper Foil
May 31, 2011

Hot Out of the Kiln

May 31, 2011


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.

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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 Question
6. Tips and Tricks
7. What's Happening

Feature Article - CBS Dichroic Coated Copper Foil

A new product named Dichroic Coated Copper Foil has been created by CBS (Coatings by Sandberg).

This time the Dichroic coating is added to copper foil instead of glass.

The copper foil is placed inside the chamber and coated with about 4 layers.

It is commonly used in torch work to create Dichroic glass bead jewelry, but can also be used in glass fusing.

There are many benefits of this new form of using Dichroic, and a must add to your Dichroic glass supplies.

At about half the cost of purchasing Dichroic glass, it can be placed on any COE of glass.

In shipping the Dichroic coating will sometimes start to release from the copper, but since it is designed to be removed from the backing, this is not a problem. It is packaged in a static free 6” by 12” bag.

It can be purchased in various rainbow hues.

Crinkling the bag in your hand, or dragging the sealed bag over the edge of a table will help to release the Dichroic.

Once the particles of Dichroic are released from the copper, open the bag and the flaky material should loosely fall to the bottom in chunks or slivers.

Use the static free bag to store any unused Dichroic.

Ways to use the Dichroic Coated Copper Foil:

Firing on a Kiln Shelf Place a piece of clear glass on the kiln shelf and trace around the edges using a pencil. This will enable you to only place the Dichroic particles in your designated area. Sprinkle the Dichroic particles in the outlined area. Cover the area with the original clear glass. Fire.

Pulverizing and Screening Use either the static-free bag or static-free container to grind down the Dichroic with your finger. Place a blank piece of glass on your kiln shelf. Using a dry wall sand paper screen begin pouring the pulverized Dichroic onto the screen. Tapping the screen will enable more of the particles to fall through the openings. You can also use your finger to move the Dichroic around on the screen causing more of the fine particles to fall. Once you achieve your desired look, cap the piece with some clear glass. Fire.

Scattering Start with a blank base of glass. Reach into the static free bag and grasp some of the flakes. Scatter these pieces across the glass. Use a brush or finger to move the material around to your liking. Cap with clear glass. Fire.

Since Dichroic will not stick to Dichroic when fired, you might find that some of the Dichroic didn’t adhere to the glass and can be easily removed, by gently rubbing off the excess. Add a bail to turn the piece into a Dichroic glass cabochon.

Quote of the Month

"Glass is what I want to be as a human being. It’s colorful and transparent. It’s malleable when warm and stronger than it looks. It’s brittle when cold and if treated with care and respect endures the ages."- Glass Artist Craig Mitchell Smith

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

We just arrived back from vacation on Kauai and the week was fabulous! On our flight there, I took the latest copy of Glass Craftsman magazine, Issue No. 22, Spring 2011. I was especially interested in the drop ring article and wanted to read more about this fascinating procedure.

I had been contacted by the owner of Glass Craftsman, and had arranged to have some information in the magazine. For some reason, I was expecting the article and ad to come out in the September issue, so you can imagine my surprise when browsing through the magazine at 37,000 feet in the air, I spotted my article and ad inside the magazine. Wow, was I excited!

Before leaving on vacation, I made another trip to CBS (Coatings by Sandberg) and have started working on a video that covers the material and various ways it can be used in glass fusing.

The video will have about 13 chapters, which will cover not only the history of this brilliant coating, but the various types they offer and how these can be used to enhance your fused glass art work.

Look for it to be released soon!

Reader Question

I drilled my first hole (core bit) through glass plate (fused) with a dremel. I scratched up the surface because the drill did not immediately grab into the scooted across the slippery glass surface and caused scratches. How do I start the procedure without the bit slipping away? Thank you for your help



Hi Doc...

Immerse the glass under just above the glass. Start at an angle to get the bit started...once that is done, begin drilling up and down into the glass.



Do you have any suggestions that have helped you in drilling holes in glass? If so, please share your findings with other readers…thanks!

Tips and Tricks

If you want to fire Dichroic sides of the glass together, try placing a thin piece of clear glass between the layers.

What's Happening - Bullseye Kiln-Glass Education Online

Bullseye is now offering an open-ended series in glass fusing. These classes range from beginner to advanced projects. Lessons that are offered at their studio are now being offered online.

There is an annual membership fee of $39, which gives you access to the complete library of lessons. The classes are about 10-15 minutes long and can be viewed as often as you wish.

At the moment they are also offering the following free classes: Fusing Basics, Linear Reaction Plate, and What Is Glass? For further information check them out at Bullseye Kiln-Glass Education Online.

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