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Issue #79 - Cracked Glass Technique
February 27, 2015

Hot Out of the Kiln

February 2015

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Current Issue

Letter from the Editor

by Connie Brown

Table of Contents

Articles

How to Choose a Glass Fusing Kiln

by Arnold Howard

Over the years, the selection of glass kilns has steadily grown. This article will help you sort through the confusion of choosing from so many different types. Arnold has also included a buyer’s checklist that may prevent problems after you’ve ordered your kiln.

CBS Contest Results

by Coatings by Sandberg

The results are in and these gorgeous photos will not only inspire your glass fusing projects, but give you some insight on the type of items that have won these awards.

Vitrigraph

by Connie Brown

Vitrigraph is the act of creating an artistic design by means of maneuvering molten glass by making use of a kiln. This process allows an individual to pull molten glass through an opening in the bottom of a kiln.

Screen Melts

by Dennis Brady

There are two terrific reasons for melting glass through screens. First because screen melts produce uniquely intricate patterns not possible any other way and second because it does it using scraps or discards from failed projects. Dennis provides helpful information and instructions on performing this process.

Creating an Artist Statement

by Emily Pezzulich

What is an Artist Statement? It’s a written description of your work that gives your audience deeper insight into it. It can also be a general introduction to your work as an artist…the what, how and why of your work, from your perspective.

A Fishy Tale

by Helen Dyne

Have you ever wanted to paint on glass? Helen provides details and supplies she uses to create her unique style of glass painting.

The Flow

by Linda Dean

Manipulating molten glass inside the kiln and achieving a new creative design is exciting. Linda demonstrates her technique for accomplishing this imaginative project.

Do Not Forget Checklist

by Linda Steider

When setting up for a show there are so many things to consider and bring to the event. Linda shares her "Do Not Forget" checklist for any affair.

Selling Jewelry Crafts

by Tiffany Parham

Looking to sell your fused glass jewelry, but don't know where to go? Tiffany imparts some useful pros and cons for selling on line or at craft shows.

Tips and Tricks

Readers have shared 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

What is shelf paper and how is it used 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




Cracked Glass Technique

So how did I come up with this Cracked Glass technique?

I have such a hard time falling asleep at night, most of the time I am thinking about glass.

Generally, my thoughts are consumed by projects I want to try or ways I can tweak things I have done in the past.

The other night I was thinking about a post I saw where someone was very disappointed with the way their Glassline paints had cracked during a firing.

Then like a light bulb went off, I thought why not use this to an advantage in a fusing project.

I know that Glassline paints crack when the application is too thick and if it is also dried using a blow dryer.

This would be a perfect way to make some cracked glass!

Well, then I really could not sleep anxiously wanting to try this crackle glass process.

In this Cracked Glass technique, the look of crackled glass is achieved by using paints.

This is an easy and effective way of achieving crackle glass.

Materials List:

  • Base Glass
  • Glassline Paints
  • Paint Brush
  • Blow Dryer
  • Paper Towels
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Mold

  • Directions:

    Start with a clear base of glass, although you can use any color for this project. Transparent glass shows the cracks more clearly, as the light shines through these areas.

    Clean and dry the glass.

    Shake up the bottle of Glassline Paints to mix the material.

    Unscrew the lid of the paint and pour some onto the base glass.

    Use the paint brush to spread out a thick layer of paint on all of the glass.

    A blow dryer is then used to dry the paint.

    Another thick layer of paint is placed on the dry paint to assure that all of the areas are covered.

    The blow dryer was again used to dry the paint.

    Paper towels were placed on the work area and the painted glass was then placed on top of the towels.

    Use the thick part of a wooden skewer to draw lines throughout the piece.

    Remove any excess paint chips. I used a can of compressed air to blow off the tiny pieces.

    Place inside the kiln and fire to a full fuse.

    Anneal and bring to room temperature.

    Slump slowly into a mold.



    QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

    “Creativity takes courage. ” - Henri Matisse



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    READER QUESTION:

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    Hi Connie,

    I am wondering if you, or other glass workers, have any advice to give as regards visibility when cutting with a Taurus 3 Saw. I use cut-outs from old x-rays to make a pattern but as soon as I start to cut the water is filled with powdered glass and I can’t see where I am going!! Any ideas in this direction – any tips would be very welcome.

    Best regards

    Elizabeth


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    What would you suggest to Elizabeth? Do you have any suggestions?

    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. Thank you!






    TIPS AND TRICKS:

    Aloe Vera makes an inexpensive glue or medium for paints. The clear and green both burn off clean and leaves no residue.




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    WHAT’S NEW:

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    Bullseye

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  • PRODUCT REVIEW:

    Glassline Paints

    Glassline paints come in a wide range of colors and can be purchased online or at your local glass supplier.

    They are referred to as pens, but they come in an applicator bottle that has various tips for the applying the paint.

    These paints can be used for painting, shading and lining.

    Glassline is compatible with most types of glass, including COE 90, COE 96 and float.

    These can be fired to lower or higher temperatures, but the suggest firing is about 1500 degrees F.

    They are lead-free and also food safe.

    Water can be added to the paint to thin it out if it has become thick and hard to manage.




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    Con


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