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Issue #76 - Fused Glass Dot Bee
December 01, 2014
Hot Out of the Kiln
Do you ever feel like you are burning the candle at both ends?
Is your mind filled with creative thoughts when you are trying to go to sleep?
Well, if those statements don’t relate to you, then I am very envious.
I am currently writing a new book on large bib and collar necklaces.
I have about ten chapters written already, and endless thoughts of new projects seem to fill my mind when I am trying to get to sleep at night.
Last month, I mentioned watching others and learning a lot of tips, tricks, and new ideas.
It has prompted me to consider doing live webinars myself.
What procedures would you like to see?
I would really like to hear your responses.
Please write and offer your suggestions!
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Letter from the Editorby Connie Brown
Table of Contents
Making Pressed Glass Jewelryby Carrie Strope Sohayda
A fun new trend is pressing molten glass inside the kiln. Follow along as Carrie demonstrates how to press glass and turn the pieces into jewelry.
Snowflake Obsessionby Connie Brown
Using a purchased silk screen is an effective way to produce intricate and detailed images on fused glass. A snowflake silk screen is used to create an adorable candy dish.
Iciclesby Juliet Hernandez
Winter is here and along with it comes snow and ice. Juliet used some Kaiser Lee Boards to carve and fire these icicles to hang on your holiday tree.
Inspired Sentiment Plateby Judith Garnet
Judith uses several techniques to assemble this inspired sentiment plate. Mixing and matching techniques is an interesting way to craft one-of-a-kind designs.
Layered Heartsby Kaitlyn McMahon
Kaitlyn displays her method for layering stenciled hearts to produce depth and interest in this final piece.
Consignmentsby Kathy Law
Maybe you have been fusing for quite some time and have decided to try to sell your fused glass art. This article discusses some of the issues an artist should consider before consigning his or her art.
Glass Standby Richard Wood
Looking for the perfect stand to show off your recent fused glass master piece? Do you want one that will be sturdy and not distract from the fused glass itself? Why not make one?
Snowball Bowlby Tiffany Pineiro
Tiffany uses frit to create dots and then assembles them in a mold for this process. Dots add a variety of shapes, sizes, and density to the final design.
Gradient Crinkled Pendantby Tracie McElroy
Layering and firing transparent glass is the key to achieving this gradient crinkled pendant. As the layers darken, the crinkled dichroic glass is enhanced and muted.
Tips and TricksReaders have shared some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.
Top Loading vs Side Loading Kilns - What are the pros and cons?
Glass Fusing Supplies
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Replies
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
Fused Glass Dot Bee
I made this adorable fused glass dot bee for a project I am currently working on in my studio.
There are so many various ways you can use fused glass dots to enhance you glass fusing projects.
Using small pieces of glass to create dots of various sizes and colors is a fantastic way to use up all that scrap glass.
I already have a lot of dots that were created by full fusing scraps of glass, so I used a pre-fired dot to make this little guy.
He could have also been made by cutting a small section of black glass and adding some yellow stringers for the stripes.
Place the largest of the black dots on a kiln shelf that has been covered with fiber paper.
Cut yellow stringers about twice the size of the black dot.
Cut 4 small strips of fiber board and stack two of them on each side the black dot. This will support the stringers so that they do not move during the firing process.
Take the glass up to a tack fuse to secure the yellow stringers.
Anneal and bring to room temperature.
Once the piece has been brought to room temperature, remove the strips of fiber board and re-fire to a full fuse. This will allow the pre-fired stringers to slump down and around the black dot.
Anneal and bring to room temperature.
Cut a piece of clear glass that is just a tad larger than the black dot. These will become the wings.
Using a grinder, round out the edges of the clear glass. You are going to want almost a heart shaped piece when finished.
Using a Dremel with a diamond bit to create the center of the heart. You will want to use a tiny drill bit and some water to keep the piece damp and cool.
Once the piece has been formed to the desired shape, clean it using soap, water and a scrubby to get into the tiny crevices.
Clean and dry all of the glass pieces using a lint free towel.
Use the white Glassline paint to place a couple of dots on the smaller black dot and allow it to dry. These will be the eyes.
Now it is time to assemble the piece for the final firing.
Place the larger stripped black dot on a kiln shelf that is covered with a piece of fiber paper.
Butt the smaller black dot that has the dried painted eyes against the larger stripped black dot.
Place a couple of strips of fiber board along the side of the two dots.
Carefully place the clear wings on the fiber board. It should be placed so that they just barely cover the head and then also cover the body of the bee.
Fire to a tack fuse to secure all of the pieces together.
Anneal and cool to room temperature.
If using the bee on another project, fiber board will be needed to support the wings so that they don’t slump down over the body of the bee.
"There are seven days in a week and Someday isn't one of them." -- Author Unknown
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On the “Tips and Tricks,” polished aluminum can look like stainless steel and a magnet will not stick to it either. You don’t want to use polished aluminum as a drape mold.
You are more than half way there, you have a kiln and you are willing to experiment and that is where all the fun begins. Since you are casting aluminum and bronze, your kiln will certainly heat high enough. It is desirable for your kiln to be able to heat faster than 300 degrees f an hour, especially between 1300 and 1400. But one of the most critical characteristics you need is to hold an annealing temperature for a period of time. If your kiln can cool to 960 degrees f and hold it for 30-minutes before cooling further, you should be able to fuse glass. Good luck and I hope you go for it.
Thank you so much
In regards to Dennis who wanted to cross over into glass work from metal casting, the key is to look at the firing schedules for glass and determine if he can follow them with his furnace. He might want to try glass casting which is probably closer to his metal process. He also needs to work with glass within the melting range of his furnace.
Thank you for your replies. I am sure you helped Dennis, and probably others who have the same question.
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!
If you use a suction cup to take the glass out, the thin fire is barely disturbed and you can usually get at least 1 more firing.
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Coatings by Sandberg
There has been a lot of talk about the Silhouette Cameo on one group that I am a member of on Facebook.
There are a ton of videos on Youtube from using the machine to how to make your own cutting mat.
I purchased my machine from Michael’s, because I didn’t want to pay for shipping and it was on sale.
After the purchase, I could not get it registered. For some reason the code on my machine was not recognized.
I haven’t tried call them yet, but from what others have said on the internet, you don’t get a live person when you call and there is no guarantee that they will call you back.
You do get access to their store and they provide a card that gives you access to purchase some of their templates.
Ok. I am having a terrible time cutting any type of material.
It is a learning curve, and I am determined to meet the challenge.
As of this writing, I still have not successfully cut anything usable yet.
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