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Issue #012 - Fiber Board
August 30, 2009

Hot Out of the Kiln

August 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.

In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Since Last E-zine
4. Letters From Readers
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Additions to Site
7. What's New

Feature Article - Fiber Board Molds

Fiber board molds are fantastic to use for your fusing projects. Most boards necessitate preparation steps before they can be used for fusing. There is a burnout firing that is needed to discharge any organic binders in the material. This firing makes the boards soft and flimsy, so they require a rigidizer to harden the material.

Then along comes the Kaiser Lee Board. This porous material is wonderful for all your fusing glass crafts. It doesn’t crack or break, doesn’t become soft and flimsy and can withstand repeated firings. In other words, it comes ready to use. The texture reminds me of Styrofoam in the way it cuts and feels.

You can design your own unique original design and see it come to life in your glass. This is absolutely fabulous for the creative individual person who is tired of the standard molds that are on the market.

The insulation material can be carved and cut into just about any shape which makes the possibilities endless. Make curves and unique patterns and then fuse your glass into this one-of-a-kind model. Since glass doesn’t stick to this material it also saves on kiln paper and wash.

I like the fact that you can lay your piece on the pattern and have the placement be accurate. I usually use kiln shelf paper and it obstructs my placement sometimes. To add smooth texture use sandpaper, your fingertip or some mica powder to the material.

Quote of the Month

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas

Since Last E-Zine

This month, I purchased Petra Kaiser’s newest book “Glass Forming with the Mold Block System”. I of course had to spend a few days devouring all the delicious information. She is fantastic at giving you hints and tips in the margins and pictures showing the different projects and steps to complete the processes.

I adore the unique designs she has in this new book. Most of the patterns are for making patterns that have legs or stands. She also includes fusing schedules for manual and automatic kilns.

The book didn’t come with the pattern, but after contacting her she immediately sent me the design. I spent a few hours drawing and cutting out the patterns. She suggests laying the board on newspaper before cutting them into the patterns. The newspaper really made clean up a breeze. I sanded them with sand paper and even used my finger tip to smooth out some of the areas.

Using the different boards that I had cut out, I made a pattern for my glass. The pattern was then transferred to my glass and I used my glass saw to cut out the solid piece. Extra glass is added to the leg area to give it support. Then the piece went into the kiln. I followed Petra’s instructions and my piece was fabulous!

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Letters From Readers

I have several drawings that I would like to make molds out of to have the actual 2D or 3D object and I'm not sure where to begin, could you please help? Can I do this myself or should I find a company that makes molds? For your time thank you.



Hi Flor...

It really depends on what type of mold you want to make...Kaiser Lee Boards are great for cutting and forming into different shapes and sizes. Have you considered trying them to make your molds?


Tips and Tricks

Petra gives a little hint on making molds that help to keep your glass edges from getting distorted. If you sand down the outside edges a little at an angle, the glass won’t pull into the center of the mold. This permits you to have edges that remain intact and not slumped down into the center of your design.

Additions to the Site

08/12/09 – Noodles – Noodles are long thin strips of glass that are used for adding embellishments to a piece or weaving glass.

08/17/09 – Firing Safety Glasses – An important and necessary addition to your fusing supplies. These lenses protect your eyes from the harmful rays inside a hot fiery kiln.

08/20/09 – Glass Fusing Pens – There are a variety of pens that are used to assist in the fusing process. This page lists a few and how they are used.

08/22/09 – Goggles – Goggles protect your eyes from flying debris when cutting glass.

08/24/09 – Casting Glass – There are many different ways of casting glass. This has an alphabetical listing of some of the types of casting.

08/25/09 – Frit Casting – Frit casting is one of the easiest casting techniques. Find out how to accomplish this procedure.

08/26/09 – Pate de Verre – Pate deVerre is another type of casting project. When translated it means paste of glass.

08/28/09 – Sand Casting – Use sand to construct a mold and then fill the area with molten glass.

08/29/09 – Lost Wax Method – From beeswax to any type of moldable wax construct a positive form to be used for casting.

08/30/09 – Kaiser Lee Board – A type of material that can be cut and shaped into any form to design molds for fusing.

What's New - Petra Kaiser's new book

Glass Forming With the Mold Block System

Petra Kaiser has done it again with this new book. Her patterns show you how you can take your pieces to the next creative leap in not only shaping but forming your glass to create original unique designs.

Traditional molds won’t produce these patterns or make your glass flow in these types of patterns. She offers her usual step-by-step instructions and visuals. If you have always wanted to break away from the standard traditional pieces, then this book is definitely for you.

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