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Issue #67 - Glass Fusing Class
February 28, 2014
Hot Out of the Kiln
I just had the opportunity to take a class on dichroic extract.
The class was held at Coatings by Sandberg in Orange, California.
For those unfamiliar with dichroic extract, it is the dichroic coating placed on glass that has been extracted and placed in small glass containers.
Although I did learn a lot about this product and enjoyed creating a couple of pieces, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the class.
This is my own personal opinion, and because of this experience, I have decided to share some places that you can take classes and what to look for when signing up.
Ok, so I still haven’t had the opportunity to use my new kiln.
I know…it has been months, and I am really anxious to use it, but I besides being sick for a couple of those months, I am still having issues with creating some type of device to assist in opening that heavy lid.
As I am sure you remember when I had the tendentious in my right shoulder and arm a couple of years ago, well that has left my right arm with less strength that I would like and makes opening the lid a chore.
I am going to the gym to build up my strength, and still trying to find a solution for an easier way to open and shut that large kiln.
On a brighter side, I have finished the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine.
To read more or to purchase click here.
Here is a listing of what can be found in this new edition :
Fused Glass Projects Magazine - Spring 2014
Letter from the Editorby Connie Brown
Table of Contents
Fused Glass Nightlightsby Carrie Strope Sohayda
Fused glass mosaics are a great way to use all that fused glass scrap leftover from other projects, and this small night light will fit in even the smallest of kilns! Carrie shares her insight into creating some unique nightlights.
Spring Flowersby Connie Brown
Follow along as Connie demonstrates a free hand frit project. Each piece will be exclusie and distinctive.
Embossed Floral Trayby Dennis Brady
Dennis not only shows you how to create this embossed floral tray, but he also provides outstanding step-by-step pictures. This project uses only a single layer of fiber paper but there’s no reason you can’t use multiple layers to create more intricate and more detailed embossing.
Some Legal Considerationsby Kathy Kock Law
Perhaps have been fusing for quite some time and have decided you want to start selling your fused glass art. Once you decided to start selling your art, there are numerous things to consider.
Sea Life Dishby Kelley McHugh
The beautiful ‘Sea Life’ dish is a uniquely dimensional piece of work and surprisingly does not require a complex making process. You can use it as an ornamental piece or use it to serve your favorite seafood. The technique Kelley used to make it can also be used to make all kinds of textured fused glass.
Copper Mesh Methodby Peggy Redwine
Using a copper mesh screening between two layers of glass and then fuse will produce nice tiny bubbles between each of the openings in the screen. Peggy provides some helpful information for accomplishing this project.
Tea Timeby Petra Kaiser
Petra shares how to use Kaiser Lee Board to form this beautiful fused glass tea server. She provides detailed instructions with illistrations of each step.
Cold Combing Glassby Tiffany Parham
Tiffany is back with us to provide how cold combing is accomplished. Cold combing will give glass the appearance of hot combing without all the drama of sticking your hands inside a torrid kiln.
Winners 2013 Dichroic By Design Contestby Dana Baldwin
Coatings by Sandberg has an annual contest that is open to anyone. Dana from CBS has been kind enough to share pictures of the winners of the 2013 Dichroic by Design Contest.
Tips and TricksWe are starting a new section to provide everyone with 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.
Devit Spray - Devit spray prevents your glass pieces from developing a white scum.
Glass Fusing Supplies
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Until next month…keep it hot!
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
Glass Fusing Class
A glass fusing class can be a very expensive endeavor and you should get your money’s worth out of any class you take.
I have taken quite a few fused glass classes, have had some wonderful instructors and have learned some amazing techniques.
There are a few places on line where you can take classes.
Some are a little expensive and others are quite reasonable.
I Fired Arts - This website has some glass fusing classes and ceramic classes. You can purchase a membership where they will bill your credit card each month for 16.95 or you can simply sign up for a webinar that you would like to see for $24.95. Having a membership gives you access to all the videos. These are held on Wednesday at 8:00 pm EST. For the cost, it is a very affordable way to learn new techniques.
Bullseyeglass - Bullseye offers some free and paid classes on line. There is a 12-month subscription that costs $39. They add 12 new videos each year, and the subscription includes access to their complete library of on-line lessons. The lessons include firing schedules, product lists and some links.
Glass Patterns Quarterly - Glass Patterns Quarterly offers class periodically. I have yet to take any of their classes, and I find that they are a little on the expensive side. I wanted to do more research on this for the e-zine, but at the writing of this, their website is down.
So, what should you look for when signing up for a class?
Some of the questions you might consider before spending all that money might be:
I hope this information has been helpful. If you know of any other classes that you would like to share, please drop us a line.
"Art is literacy of the heart" - Elliot Eisner
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.
Hi Connie, I love your magazine. I was wondering if you have any "hints" how to center glass on a drape mold? I try and try and I can't seem to ever find the center of the glass matching the center of the mold. Please help.
Can you help Ronnie with this dilemma? Do you have any hints on centering glass for a drape mold?
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. Thanks!
Glass should be 1/4" (6mm) thick for the first four inches you want to slump, then an additional 1/8" (3cm) thick for each two inches after that.
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Coatings by Sandberg
CBS Dichroic Extract
Dichroic extract is a unique way to add glitter and shine to any project.
It comes in 6 colors; Cyan Copper, Cyan/Dark Dark Red, Emerald, Green Magenta, Red Silver, and Yellow Blue.
These small bottles can be purchase individually or in a sample set.
The price varies as to the color and amount selected.
Dichroic extract can be purchased in sheet glass equivalencies: full size sheet, half sheet, quarter sheet or one-quarter sheet.
It only takes a little of this product to enhance your glass artwork.
Since it is a powder form, it needs to have just a drop or two of water to allow it to be applied with a paint brush.
Although the photo doesn’t do it justice, here is the piece I made in class.
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