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Issue #83 - Custom Jewelry Bail
June 30, 2015
Hot Out of the Kiln
Well, summer is officially here and we are experiencing quite a severe drought here in California.
The vegetation is really showing dangerous signs of this lack of water.
Fires have already started in the mountains right above us, and more will come if there is no rain.
It seems like other states are having issues with rain, and I sure wish we could capture some of the excess water for our parched state.
We have implemented a few changes to help save on water and will continue our new practices in the future.
I have begun working on the Fall issue of the magazine as the articles come across my computer.
If you would like to contribute to an upcoming issue with an article, please let me know.
The Summer 2015 issue of the e-magazine is available and can be purchased by clicking here.
Until next month…keep it hot!
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
Custom Jewelry Bail
Custom jewelry bails can be designed to match any particular design.
Utilizing the freeze and fuse method makes these creations possible.
I found a cute starfish candy mold, and decided to turn it into a large necklace for the summer.
Once I had it finished the next issue was what type of bail to attach to the piece to turn it into my final project.
The thin arms on the starfish were quite small, and attaching a bail was going to be a challenge.
Drilling a hole to attach a pinch bail was not an option.
There was not a large enough area to drill a hole without cracking the glass.
Gluing on a bail would also not work, because you would be able to see bail sticking out of the side of the glass.
That night, when I was trying to fall asleep, I suddenly thought why not make a custom bail that would not only work on this particular piece, but would also become part of the necklace.
Making your own bail isn’t hard, and I always have a few of them on hand.
If you need to know how to make a pendant bail, click here.
I used a grinder to flatten out the top of the jewelry bail, and to trim the sides so that they would fit my starfish.
Once I had the piece to the size I needed, I washed all the areas with a scrubbier and some soap and water.
The piece was then rinsed and dried.
I have a lot of sea shells in my bathroom, so I used one of the small ones to make a silicone mold.
The mold was then used to do a freeze and fuse method, which is to fill the mold with glass powder and water.
The mold is put into a freezer for about 10 minutes.
Then the frozen glass is popped out onto a kiln shelf where it is allowed to thaw completely before firing.
The project was fired to about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the shape.
Once cooled to room temperature, the piece was again cleaned and dried to remove any residue.
To assemble the necklace, I placed the starfish design on a prepared kiln shelf.
The bail was placed under the top edges of the starfish legs and then the freeze and fuse shells were placed on top of the bails and a few pieces were also added to various areas of the starfish.
It was then fired to a tack fuse inside the kiln, annealed and brought to room temperature.
Here is my final necklace with the custom jewelry bail.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” - Rumi, The Essential Rumi
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.
To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.
TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.
If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.
It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.
It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.
I found some beautiful ruby red drinking glass, ( real red glass seems to be hard to find and expensive). Paid $$ for them. When I cut them into circles for wonderfulness, then fire them on any of my normal schedules, the glass turns almost black. What can I do to keep the beautiful red color?
Do you have a solution to Christine’s issue?
Please respond and let us know!
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!
I also received a response to last month’s e-zine.
In your article on 4 D stands, you described the wood as "casting." It is called "casing". You might want to clarify that for your readers.
Thank you, Ray for clarifying this for me. I don’t know if I wrote it down wrong, but now I know the correct name for this product. Thank you!
TIPS AND TRICKS:
When the glass is glowing at a high temperature, use a flashlight to see better inside the kiln.
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Coatings by Sandberg
Morton Safety Break
I was first introduced to these breaking tools at a class by Patty Gray.
There are three products in the package; the running tool, the push block and a red button.
The running tool is placed on top of the score line and held with your thumb, while your index finger goes under the glass.
You push up with your index finger to break the glass along the score line.
It comes with a long chord so that you can wear it around your neck and have it handy at any time necessary.
The push block is used along with the red button.
Morton suggest using transparent glass for this particular method.
Once you glass is scored, place the red button under the glass in the center of the score line.
The push block is then place on top of the glass and centered over the score line.
Pressing down on the push block will break the glass.
Morton offers videos on their website for both these products.
If you would like more information, check out their website.
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