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Issue #89 - Frit Spoon
January 02, 2016

Hot Out of the Kiln

December 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, the holidays are finally behind us and a new year has begun.

Thank you again to all the individuals that wrote.

Your emails helped to ease some of my feelings, and brightened my life.

I don’t know about you, but I have been burning the candle at both ends getting items ready.

I love homemade gifts, and I spend months creating and producing items for my daughters.

This year was no exception.

Most of my daughters have unusual names, and they can’t always find personalized objects, so I always make tailored items with their names.

We went to Cambria for Christmas to visit my in-laws, then celebrated with my family on the following Sunday.

Going to Cambria was a much needed break from all the commotion and hustle of Christmas.

There is little if any cell service in that area, and we actually had to go to town to make our holiday phone calls.

I almost did not go on the trip, but decided that I really did not want to be alone on Christmas.

Losing my mom has been harder than I imagined, and with Christmas being her birthday, that made it even tougher, but I made it through.

We are back home now and I am again busy creating and designing items for my youngest daughter’s baby shower.

The sales from the winter issue of the e-magazine have been great and I am now going to concentrate on finishing up the next issue.

To purchase or read what articles are in the Winter 2015 issue, click here

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Until next month…keep it hot!

Con





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




Frit Spoon

Why purchase an expensive frit spoon, or go to the expense of making one when you can create your own with plastic spoons?

These spoons are great for controlling the flow of frit during the creating process.

They can be made with a large spout or a narrow opening, depending on the need.

I make several so that I have them on hand.

You could purchase a frit spoon on the internet for about $12 and pay for shipping.

I simply went to the local dollar store and purchased a bag of plastic spoons.

I watched a lady make flowers out of plastic spoons, and I thought, wow this would be an easy way to create frit spoons.

Materials:

  • Plastic Spoons
  • Candle
  • Match or Lighter
  • Ove Glove

  • Gather your supplies.

    Light the candle using either a match or lighter.

    Put on the Ove Gloves.

    Place edge of plastic spoon into the flame of the candle.

    When you notice the edge starting to move, remove it from the flame.

    Shape the edge with your Ove glove hand.

    Repeat the process with the other side of the spoon.


    It may take some practice to get the spoons just the right shape for your particular needs.

    If you have purchased the inexpensive spoons from the dollar store, you have plenty to practice with.



    QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

    "An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great."-- Author Unknown



    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.




    READER QUESTION:

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    Where can I send two wine bottles to be slumped? There are lots of directions online, but I can't seem to find someone with a kiln that I can send my bottle to! I am located in Lexington, Kentucky. Google searches and phone calls to pottery shops that should have a kiln are surprisingly fruitless. Clearly there is a market niche for someone to advertise on the Web that they will slump wine bottles and ship them back! Thank you!


    William



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    Do you know of a place that can help William?

    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!






    TIPS AND TRICKS:

    Markstay works great for keeping marks on your glass when cutting with a glass saw, but considering the price differential and easy availability of just using Vaseline on those marks..




    SHARE THE SITE:

    Clicking on the "Share this page" button at the bottom of your favorite pages will enable you to come back to your preferred pages and help others find interesting and exciting information.

    Please help share the site with others!

    Thanks!



    WHAT’S NEW:

    Do you have an upcoming event or new product that you would like others to know about? Drop us a quick e-mail and once approved, it will be place in the next e-zine.



    Bullseye

  • New Classes at Bullseye


  • Delphi Glass

  • New Fusing Supplies


  • Coatings by Sandberg

  • New Dichroic Glass Products


  • Slumpy”s

  • Slumpy’s What’s New


  • PRODUCT REVIEW:

    Ove Glove

    Let me just start by saying…

    DO NOT USE THESE GLOVES INSIDE THE KILN.

    Ove gloves come in handy in the kiln room.

    I was introduced to these gloves the first time I took a vitrigraph class.

    We wore these gloves to protect our hands from the heat as we used tools to pull the molten glass.

    Once my kiln has reached about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I open the kiln and wearing these gloves, I am able to pick up my hot piece.

    These gloves can withstand heat up to 540 degrees Fahrenheit.

    They claim to be flame resistant and are machine washable.

    Ove gloves are made of Nomex and Kevlar with silicon grips.

    The prices vary depending on where purchased.

    I bought mine at Target in the “As Seen On TV” section.




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    Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I would love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think!

    See you next month…

    Con


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