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Issue #013 - Crackle Glass
September 30, 2009
Hot Out of the Kiln
September 30, 2009
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 - Crackle GlassI have seen many designs with the look of crackle glass and had a burning desire to find out how the crackle technique was achieved inside a kiln. Most individuals aren’t willing to share their information with others and in fact one lady told me to pay $500 for a class if I wanted to learn the crackle glass technique. Well, I don’t know about you, but my finances are a little thin right now. I continued my search on the internet and through friends to see if I could indeed learn this process without having to pay out of my pocketbook.
Last month one of my friends, Alicyn, was sharing a new plate she had done, and low and behold it was covered with crackle glass. I immediately got in contact with her and inquired how the plate was done. She is such a sweetheart and was more than willing to share how she obtained the look.
For more insight into obtaining this appearance, check out the page on Crackle Technique . There are three different processes discussed on this particular page.
Her particular technique used the fiber paper and glass powder. I found that this really did give me the desired look. The powder breaks up and looks like the glass has actually cracked. I also tried the confetti and frit methods, but was really not that impressed with the way the pieces came out. I imagine you could work with them to achieve the look, but I am really sold on the fiber paper technique.
Quote of the Month"What doesn’t kill me does not make me stronger. It makes me anxious, bitchy, and vulnerable…but nobody wants to see that embroidered on a pillow." - Lisa Kogan
Since Last E-ZineI am continuing my update on the site. Tying everything together takes a lot of time and work. New pages are going up to explain more about the tools and materials that are used in glass fusing as well as the terms used in the various processes. I am trying to implement a new technique each month as I add these various other necessary pages.
The site has well over 400 pages and tying everything together is taking a lot of time, but in the long run it will definitely be worth all the effort. The site will then answer a lot of questions that I receive through emails each month, as well as giving beginners more information about some of the supplies and terms used.
Letters From ReadersI want to try the photo fusing paper. You suggest an HP 1020 or 2300 printer. Both are no longer available, but I can get my hands on a new 2300. You say to get the right toner, is there more than one type that can be used in the 2300?
Thank you for your time – Cindy
Since I don't have the 2300 printer, I did some research on the internet...this is what I found:
One thought on this, given the desire for high iron content, is to try the 2300 with a MICR cartridge. In order to nail the MICR specs, this toner must have a significantly higher iron content...since the M in MICR stands for Magnetic (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition). MICR characters are printed with a magnetic toner containing iron oxide. I believe this will ensure you are getting the iron content you need. Hope this helps.
Tips and TricksMake sure all your glass is compatible, even when purchasing art glass materials to add to your piece, like stringers, frit, confetti, etc.
Additions to the Site09/12/09 – Hot Casting – Another type of glass casting. This method does involve pouring molten glass into a prepared mold.
09/16/09 – Annealing Temperature – More information on the annealing temperature. What it is and where it can be found for your particular glass.
09/17/09 – Ceramic Fiber Insulation – There are various types of ceramic fiber insulation that can be used in glass fusing. Check out the product review information below.
09/18/09 – Canes of Glass – Pulled canes of glass can create outstanding artwork. Most canes are made by using either a furnace or torch.
09/21/09 – Glass Casting Molds – These molds are made specifically for glass casting. There is no hole in the bottom, because it is not needed for these processes.
09/23/09 – Devitrification – The nasty undesired devitrification can ruin a piece, or use it to obtain your own unique style. There are some suggestions on how to avoid getting devit on your fused glass.
09/24/09 – Cold Working – Any work that is done while the glass is in its natural or cold state. This could be anything from drilling, etching, cutting, etc.
09/26/09 – Crackle Technique – Three diverse methods for achieving the look of crackle glass in your fused glass project. Each method give a different look.
09/28/09 – Diamond Hand Pads – There are many different types and grids of pads. These are used to remove any rough edges or polish glass.
09/29/09 – Kiln Elements – Kiln elements are the heart and soul of your kiln. These wrapped coils are generally made out of Kanthal.
What's New - Safe FibersMost fiber paper can be hazardous to your health, especially when breathed in to your lungs. This new product called “Safe Fibers” is 100% soluble in body fluids. No more worrying about all those tiny fibers lodging themselves in your lungs. It is still recommended that you weak a dust mask and keep your environment clean. They come in 1/8th inch thick fiber paper and 1 inch fiber blanket. You can purchase this new product from Fusion Headquarters.
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