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Issue #006 - Enameling
February 28, 2009

Hot Out of the Kiln

February 28, 2009

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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.

In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Since Last E-zine
4. Question from Reader
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Additions to Site
7. Product Review

Feature Article - Enameling

Enameling adds a depth of color to your artwork that can’t be achieved using Glassline paints or any other medium. Before you begin your adventure into the world of how to enamel, be sure that you read and follow all the safety measures.

Glass enamels are fine sharp particles that can easily be breathed in and cause health issues. Before even attempting to add enamel art to your list of things to do, be sure that you read and understand what is involved to keep not only you safe, but others around you. Wear the recommended mask and gloves, and don’t eat near the area. Be sure to use disposable damp cloths when cleaning up the work space.

There are countless ways that enamels can be used in glass fusing. Let’s look at a few methods.

Dry - Some prefer to use the powder dry, while sprinkling it onto glass. This can be done by using a device that will sift the powder, using a powder vibe tool, or simply using a salt or pepper shaker.

Painting - If you have any painting experience, this is the method for you. The powder is mixed with one part enamel and two parts medium. The medium is usually water, oil or a water-based medium. A palette knife is used for this process. The colors can be intensified by firing and repeating the process.

Sieving – In this process, the enamels are applied dry. Use a sieve for freehand application or make a stencil and mask out different areas to apply the enamel. Patterns can be drawn into the enamel with a blunt instrument for added effects.

Silk Screening Painting – To repeat a particular image, some prefer to apply enamels by silk screening. This method achieves a flat colored area of the enamel.

If you have suggestions or ways that you add enameling to your fused glass projects, please share your information with others and drop us a line.

Quote of the Month

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." - Francis Bacon

Since Last E-Zine

I have been exploring the world of enameling this month. Learning how to enamel involves not only how to maneuver this fine powder, but all the safety precautions demanded before even attempting to open the packages.

I have also been traveling again. This month, I spent a week in Arizona babysitting three of my active grandchildren. This has of course taken time away from my passion of glass fusing, but what a joy it was to spend some one-on-one time with them…priceless!

Questions from Readers

I receive a lot of emails from individuals asking questions about glass fusing. I answer all my emails and try my best to assist with the process.

One of my regular readers, Chris, had the following question:

Hi Connie,

It has been awhile since I bugged you, but here I go again. Do you have any good glues for bails that you might discuss in your next news letter? I had 4 to 5 bails to pop off my pendants this year so far; and I found out some interesting information. A friend of mine read an emailed that said; if the glue was being using in a area where there was a wood fire (fireplace or wood furnace) the glue will not work properly! If this is true, why isn't it on there packages. I brought my pendants in the house and glued bails on around Christmas time, only because I could do other things while I waited on the glue to dry. I was near a fireplace! I use a dremel tool to rough up the back of the glass before I glued the bail on. My husband thought I should also rough up the bail part too. It has ridges in it so I did not. Should I have done the same to the bail? I plan to experiment with some different types of glue this year. A woodworker I know told me to buy glue for rear view mirrors to hold my bails, but I have not tried it.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Chris P

Hi Chris,

Personally, I use a two part Epoxy to secure my bails on to my pendants. I have never had any bails fall off of any pieces, in fact they almost have to be pried off of the backs of the pieces. I have never heard that gluing in an area around a wood fire would have any effect on glue. I am including your email in the next issue of the newsletter. Maybe someone else knows about this situation and can help you out with suggestions on what materials they use to glue on their bails.

Con

I would love to hear from everyone on what glues they use, the procedure for gluing bails on to your pendants, and if you have any information for Chris on gluing around wood.

Thanks!

Tips and Tricks

Since the topic this month is about enamels, I have decided to give a couple of tips I have read about for this powder.

#1 - Use 7-up as a medium when mixing the enamels. Some individuals like to use a sugar water mixture as their medium, well just pop open a bottle of 7-up next time. This sweet sugary mixture is just the right mix for your enameling needs. There is no recipe to remember, or the stink like the oil mediums provide. Add the liquid until your achieve your desired thickness.

#2 – Use an old film canisters with a piece of a nylon stocking across the top. Use a rubber band to hold the nylon in place. The nylon can be pulled tight for big holes, or use a couple of layers to achieve finer holes.

Additions to the Site

02/08/09 – I Love You Handshape – This universally recognized hand shape makes the perfect Valentine pattern. Wear this to tell others from across the room that you love them.

02/10/09 – How to Enamel – Enameling can add a lot to your fused glass, but is the hazardous material worth the beauty it can provide. Be sure to follow all the safety tips when attempting enameling.

02/13/09 – Layered Valentine Hearts – There is a lot of texture in this layered Valentine heart design. It can be fully fused to give a smooth texture to the piece.

02/14/09 – Arrow Through Heart – This arrow through the heart pattern is a very traditional Valentine design. This is a very simple two-piece pattern.

02/15/09 – Love Hearts – Remember the confectionary candy hearts? This pattern is based on that conception.

02/16/09 – Open Valentine Heart – If you enjoy the look of a design that has an open middle, this pattern is for you. A fantastic way to use up all that scrap glass.

02/23/09 – Patchwork Heart – A sweet patchwork heart draft that gives your piece the appearance of a quilted fabric. Use complimentary hues on your individual glass colors.

02/28/09 – Powder Vibe – This creative tool will assist you when working with fine powdered enamel.

Product Review

Powder Vibe Tool

The Powder Vibe Tool is a nifty little tool when working with fine enamel powder. It enables you to easily draw lines on glass. The tool contains a tiny vibrating dental pick and comes with six brass tubes. Simply fill the tubes using a funnel and it attaches to the dental pick magnetically.

If you would like to see this tool in action, check out this Youtube link.

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Comments? Ideas? Feedback? Have an idea that you would like to share with the others? I would love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think!

See you next month…

Con

www.glass-fusing-made-easy.com

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