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Issue #75 - Christmas Pendant
October 30, 2014

Hot Out of the Kiln

October 2014

Well, I am sure you have seen Christmas adornments in the stores already this year.

Halloween is almost here and Thanksgiving is next month, but they seem to get passed over more and more quickly with each passing year.

It is time to start thinking about what to make for the Christmas holidays so, along with the stores, I have chosen to make a little project for Christmas.

This past month, I signed up for the webinars at “I Fired Arts”.

Although this site is mainly about ceramic artwork, they do have some glass fusing tutorials.

I always find that watching any teacher gives me not only inspiration, but tips and tricks and various ways to do different projects.

So, I have been watching videos on glass related topics, and have not only been motivated, but have learned a lot in the process.

The Winter 2014 issue of the e-magazine is almost complete and ready for proofreading. It should be available around the end of November.

The Fall 2014 Fused Glass Projects magazine is currently available on CD or downloadable from the website.

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




Christmas Pendant

This Christmas pendant is a very simple design that could be used to also create some elegant fused glass Christmas ornaments. Make this year a fused glass Christmas affair!

One of the webinars I watched this month encouraged me to try a new way of designing this quick and easy cabochon.

I purchased a mold for the shape, but any shape or size would work.

This type of process could also be used to design some classy Christmas ornaments.

They can also be taken to a tack fuse or full fuse and you can see the results of these different firings in the bottom picture.

Material List

  • Mold
  • Clear Medium Frit
  • Dichroic Chips (optional)
  • Decorative Fusible Rod
  • Tile Nippers
  • MR97
  • Kiln Posts
  • Kiln
  • Directions

    Assemble all material on work space.

    Select desired mold. I chose a pendant mold for this design.

    Spray mold with MR97. Follow directions on the can of release spray.

    Put down a thin layer of the clear frit and evenly disperse it all over the bottom of the mold.

    Place decorative rod on mold to determine size to be cut and placement on the design.

    Using the tile nippers, cut rod to desired size. Other smaller pieces can also be cut and spread around mold.

    Add some dichroic chips to add glimmer and shine.

    Cover entire mold with more clear medium frit.

    If using a mold like the one pictured, make sure not to cover the pointed area which will become the opening and hanging area of the pendant.

    Place mold on kiln posts inside kiln. This will allow air to evenly flow around the mold and evenly disperse heat throughout the glass.

    This can be fired to a full fuse or tack fuse depending on the desired outcome.

    Anneal and bring to room temperature before opening the kiln lid.

    Once cooled to room temperature the pieces can be adorned with numerous ways to turn it into an elegant Christmas pendant.

    I chose to wire wrap the finished pieces.

    The one on the left has a lot of texture and I really like it, while the one on the right shows the candy cane rod used in this project.




    “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”- Sylvia Plath

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    READER QUESTION:

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    First off, I think your site is fantastic. Unbelievable amount of first class information, and techniques! I do aluminum and bronze casting, and have a fairly large propane fired furnace. Although not exactly the right set up, what is your view on doing some glass work with it? I'm sure willing to experiment.

    Thank you so much

    Dennis



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  • I Fired Arts Webinars


    I Fired Arts is a website that offers webinars and various subjects.

    These webinars are generally offered on Wednesdays, are approximately an hour long and are offered at 8 pm EST.

    If you sign up for individual webinars they run about $24.95 USD.

    Once the webinar is finished you will receive information, such as supplies and a project sheet via email within a few days.

    If you have paid for a webinar, you are able to access the webinar at any time in the future.

    They also offer what they call their “Webinar Wednesday”.

    If you join, you will receive an email on Tuesday or Wednesday with information on how to access that week’s webinar.

    You will need to provide them with a credit card and it will be bill for $16.95 for each scheduled webinar.

    There is a minimum three month membership for the “Webinar Wednesday”.

    There are a couple of advantages to joining.

    No only is the price cheaper, but you will have access to over 200 previously recorded webinars.

    I thought this was a pretty good deal, but I didn’t need access to items relating to pottery or ceramics and only wanted to view glass fusing techniques.

    I contacted Scott to discuss this issue, because I didn’t want to pay for what I didn’t need.

    He wrote back and let me know that I will only be charged when a glass related topic was going to be discussed in the webinar.

    I also let him know that I might be interested in doing some webinars in the future.




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    See you next month…

    Con


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