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Issue #053 - Earthenware Texture Pad Molds
January 31, 2013
Hot Out of the Kiln
January 31, 2013
Well, the New Year is here! It is like a fresh start and a new beginning.
What are your plans for the upcoming year? I for one don’t make any new year resolutions. I would just break them anyway!
I am however remodeling my craft room. That room has not been done in years, and really needs fresh paint and updated flooring. It will also give me a chance to reorganize areas and get rid of items that are no longer needed.
I receive a lot of emails, and recently a few of them have been about getting bubbles while fusing on textured pads. So, this month, I have decided to address this issue, as I have also had problems in the past.
The Spring issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine is almost complete. The last few articles have been submitted and are in the process of being edited. It should be completed and ready around March 1st. If you haven’t purchased the Winter issue, it is available to purchase by clicking here.
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Until next month…keep it hot!
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4. Reader Question
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8. Product Review
Earthenware Texture Pad molds
Earthenware Texture Pad molds are flat earthenware pieces that have designs embedded into the 6”x6” tile. The concept is that when fired the slumping glass achieves this pattern in the glass.
Sometimes this works great and other times large bubbles will appear during the firing process. Bubbles can be caused by a couple of things. One, kiln wash can cause air bubbles, especially if you are firing a single sheet of glass that has no weight to push out any trapped air, and two there are no holes in the molds to allow any air to escape during firing.
My suggestion is that before you even start to use any of the tiles, drill a few holes in the texture pad molds. This can be done by using a diamond core bit and a Dremel drill.
Once that has been accomplished, cut your glass to the desired size. They suggest that you fire the glass to a full fuse to achieve the maximum texture on the glass. Place the glass on the kiln washed texture pad and place on kiln posts inside the kiln. Heat the kiln at about 400 degrees per hour, and then hold at 1470 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15-17 minutes. Quickly take the piece down to the annealing temperature and anneal for about an hour.
Once cooled to room temperature, the textured glass can be slumped into another mold and the texture should only slightly diminish during this process. Be sure to place the textured side of the glass up and not down towards the mold. Since the glass has been previously fired, take it up slowly at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour and hold at about 1000 degrees for 10 minutes. Continue to your slumping temperature and then anneal before cooling to room temperature.
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A texture pad can be used to place permanent depth and design in any fused glass artwork. Iridized glass looks stunning with a detailed pattern embedded into the glass.
For a view of the various patterns and designs, visit Creative Paradise .
They come in many design textures.
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