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Issue #041 - Clay Glass Frit
January 31, 2012

Hot Out of the Kiln

January 31, 2012

Well the holidays are far behind us now and this month I have been doing some work inside my kiln. I have been focusing mostly on clay glass frit projects.

There are a lot of ways glass clay can be used in glass fusing, and playing with this medium can be a great way to be creative and adventuresome.

From using some silver clay techniques to using molds, I have manipulated and played with clay glass. Because this medium is so unique and fun, I have decided to do a new series of DVDs and books covering this topic.

I designed and created silver clay rings for all of my daughters for Christmas, and after playing with silver clay, decided to try the same techniques using glass clay.

For months now I have had this fascination with making a glass ring, but knowing the limitations of glass and the way it flows inside the kiln, I was a little stumped.

I was actually able to make a glass ring using glass clay! My first attempt wasn’t all that attractive, but now that I know I can do it, I will make more.

I am heading to Arizona for taping the upcoming movie. My youngest will be my actress and demonstrate some of the processes.

I am still undergoing my acupuncture treatments and have actually gotten a few good night sleeps. Hopefully my insurance will grant more treatments.

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


Clay Glass Frit


Feel constraints with regular fusing glass? Now you create items you only imagined before. There are few boundaries when using clay glass frit. Much like playing with silver clay, polymer clay, or even Play Doh, clay glass frit can be maneuvered simply with your hands or by using other instruments.

It can be mixed to form clay, or thinned to make a slip. Add more of the powder to thicken the substance or add more medium to thin it depending on the usage.

You can purchase the product GlasClay which has a medium in the powder and you only need to add water to make the clay. Buy a medium, such as the Steider Studios Glass Medium and after mixed it can be added to some glass powder, or make your own homemade glass clay.

There is more information on the website about each of these methods for creating clay glass.

I have found that the GlasClay product produces a more even and smooth clay, while the other types are grainier in texture and not as smooth when manipulating.

Whichever type you decide to use, remember to follow all of the safety measures, such as wearing a NIOSH approved respirator.

You are working with glass powder and it is important that you don’t breathe in any dust.

Mix using either a plastic or metal spoon or utensil. It is not recommended that the powder and medium be mixed using any wooden object.

Once mixed and ready to use, let your imagination take you back to your childhood days and get creative.

Use silver clay techniques, polymer clay processes, cake decorating procedures or simply use your hands to make some unique designs.

There is not much limit to the items that can be created using glass clay.


“…creating is the true essence of life” – Barthold Georg Niebuhr


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

Formats:

  • 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.

    Formats:

  • 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

    Formats:

  • Intermediate Glass Fusing DVD
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing E-Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing downloadable movie
  • 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.

    Formats:

  • 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
  • Clay Glass – Chapters: Introduction, Safety, GlasClay, Steider Studios Glass Medium, Homemade Clay, Preparing and Mixing, Firing, Enclosed Dichroic Cabochon, Frosting Tube Method, Pressing into Molds, Freeze and Fuse, Cutting Tools Method, Glass Ring, Making Lines, Stamping, Free Form Designs

    Formats:

  • Clay Glass DVD
  • Clay Glass Book
  • Clay Glass E-Book
  • Clay Glass Downloadable Movie - Coming Soon



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    Reader Question

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    Hi Connie,

    Thank you for creating this e-zine. I am finding your info very helpful. I am fairly new to the kiln. I am focusing on dichroic jewelry for now. Before I put a piece in the kiln, I usually grind the sharp corners off so that I get a smoother finished piece. I also cap most things with clear. I am noticing a scar" or "dull" effect on the final piece. Is it due to the grinding? Or is something else going on? Any tips are appreciated.

    Thanks

    Lois

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    Do you have any other suggestions or hints on what is going on with Lois’s glass? Share your comments and tips with our readers. Thanks!




    Use distilled water when mixing your clay or medium and any minerals in your tap water could alter the color outcome.


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    Please help share the site with others!

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    Glass Mediums

    GlasClay is unique and fun. If you are excited about this new way of creating with glass, then check out Delphi for purchasing glass clay. They have GlasClay in a variety of sampler packets and even a glasclay kit with all the materials to get you started on your way. Check out the page on their site to purchase this material.

    Heads-Up

    Picnik is closing on April 19, 2012.

    Glass Craftsman Magazine closed after their fall 2011 issue. If you had a subscription to this magazine, contact them on their web page for details.

    Clay Glass Projects Book


    After working on so many unique projects using glass clay, I have decided to share all of my knowledge in this new book, Glass Clay Projects Book. The book begins by explaining a little bit about this medium then goes on to explain some of the way to create glass clay.

    Once we have covered all the information on creating glass clay, the book goes on to discuss how to fire the material inside the kiln.

    Then the fun begins as the discussion turns to various ways to manipulate and create with the clay.

    I even share a technique to assemble glass rings.

    Take a look at all the numerous chapters inside this new book.


    Chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Safety
  • Chapter 2 – GlasClay
  • Chapter 3 - Steider Medium
  • Chapter 4 - Homemade Clay
  • Chapter 5 – Preparing and Mixing
  • Chapter 6 – Firing
  • Chapter 7 – Enclosed Cabochon
  • Chapter 8 – Frosting Tube Method
  • Chapter 9 – Pressing into Molds
  • Chapter 10 – Freeze and Fuse
  • Chapter 11 – Cutting Tools Method
  • Chapter 12 – Glass Ring
  • Chapter 13 – Making Lines
  • Chapter 14 – Stamping
  • Chapter 15 – Free Form Designs


  • You won’t find a book on the market that shares all this vital information with step-by-step instructions and images.

    Click on the picture or this link to purchase your copy today!


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    See you next month…

    Con
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