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Issue #030 - Glass Fusing Kiln
February 28, 2011

Hot Out of the Kiln

February 28, 2011


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.

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In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Submit an Article or Tutorial
4. What I Have Been Working On
5. Reader Responses
6. Tips and Tricks
7. Additions to Site
8. Product Review

Feature Article - Glass Fusing Kiln

I am continually asked for advice on purchasing a glass fusing kiln.

Since this is one of the major purchases you will make in your kiln formed glass art work, I have decided to take a moment and discuss what you should look for when making your purchase.

Kilns for fusing glass come in numerous sizes, shapes and are produced by various manufacturers.

Personally I don’t have a particular manufacturer that I recommend.

To me this is like recommending what brand of underwear you should purchase.

Some will swear by a certain manufacturer, but not having tried but three, I don’t think it would be fair to say that any one of them is better than the others.

When purchasing your first kiln keep in mind that you might want to do larger projects in the future.

Most people will tell you buy the biggest you can afford!

This is very true, as you, like so many of us, might get hooked and then want to attempt larger projects that would not fit inside a smaller kiln.

That being said, however, you also need to keep in mind what type of outlet or currency you have available to run the kiln.

Most of the smaller and medium sizes kilns can be plugged into a standard household outlet, while the larger kilns need a 220 outlet.

Smaller kilns heat up much faster than larger kilns, because of the area that is needed to be warmed.

Most kilns are programmable or manual units.

With the programmable kiln you can program in your settings, leave the kiln and come back to remove your finished piece.

Manual kilns need constant monitoring to assure that the process is followed to the desired outcome.

Let’s take a look at the manual units a little closer to determine what is desired for fusing purposes.

One of the lone significant items you require while doing glass fusing is a pyrometer.

What is a pyrometer?

This conveys the heat of the air in the interior of the kiln.

Even if it does not tell you the temperature of the glass, the air heat gives a general temperature of your glass.

If you have no idea what the heat is inside the kiln, you don’t have a clue as to what is occurring with your glass.

Every kiln is different and unique.

It could take one kiln an hour to arrive at 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas a different kiln might take forty-five minutes to arrive at this identical heat.

Manual kilns generally come with a digital control knob.

Unlike your kitchen oven where you set it to reach a certain temperature, these knobs control how much electricity is flowing to the kiln.

The settings are usually from low to high.

Controlling the temperature using this method can be very time consuming and you will need to be aware of how long it takes to reach certain temperatures.

I use a timer and keep it with me to remind me of when I need to check the kiln.

A kiln shelf is not essential to do glass fusing, except it is tremendously useful to have air circulating on all sides of your glass pieces.

The circulating air helps to ensure that your glass is heating at an even temperature.

Yes, you can fuse on the kiln bottom, but try to place your items on kiln posts so that you get the wanted air flow around your piece.

It is essential when obtaining a kiln that you don’t splurge.

Do your groundwork before placing an order for a kiln.

Kilns are one of the most high-dollar items you will acquire when doing glass fusing.

Check out the assorted kilns and what they have to offer to fit your particular needs.

Quote of the Month

"True art lies in a reality that is felt” – Odilon Redon

Submit an Article or Tutorial

Do you have a great glass fusing article or tutorial that you would like to share? We are inviting submissions of articles or tutorials for the web site. The articles will become permanent on the site once approved and a link back to your website or blog can be included in the submission. Helping and sharing with others is a great way to assist others in learning information and techniques about glass fusing. You can add so much to the site with your knowledge and experiences.

If you have a web site or blog, then you know how important links are to get your site noticed by those search engines. A back link to your site will not only boost the search engine ranking, but assist in bringing traffic to your site.

For more information and submission, check out Submit Your Article.

What I Have Been Working On

After many weeks of trying to figure out just what was needed to complete the book “Beyond the Basics”, the final product is complete and ready to be added to your library of glass fusing books.

Now it is time to move on to the next series of instructional aides.

This will definitely take more time and energy as the intermediate projects are not as simple as the beginner projects.

I was also thinking about doing some instructions about dichroic glass. Are there any particular areas of interest that you would like to learn more about?

Let me know!

Reader Responses

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who responded to last month’s reader’s question. I really love the fact that so many of you are eager and willing to assist others in accomplishing techniques, or solving problems. I am sure these will assist others as well!

To refresh, here is the reader’s question from last month’s e-zine and following that is all of your helpful and insightful suggestions:


Reader’s Question



Hi there, I want to transfer type onto glass. My goal is to create a list in a specific font and display it on a glass surface. I only want the type to transfer - not the square it is printed on. Is there a material I can use to do this? Do I have to use heat? I would prefer a material that applies an adhesive to the text only. Is there such a thing? Please help...

Best, Susan


Hi Susan...

About the only thing that comes to mind would be to make a decal to transfer the lettering. It would turn out in a sepia color though.


Can you suggest any other item that might assist Susan? If so, please drop me a line so I can share your information with Susan and the readers.


Reader Responses


First Name: Randy

In the last HOTC Susan needed a method to put type onto glass.

I used rubber stamps and colored glass paint from Hot Glass. It is fine powered glass suspended in medium that fires very well. You have to play with the amount of paint you put on the rubber stamp and it is time consuming, but it works.



First Name: Carry

I just want to say Hi & to let you know that you can buy a product called photo fuse she will need to buy a pack of 10 sheets- run a few normal sheets first the instructions should come with the product but you need to use a toner that is iron oxide NOT INK JET - print on glossy side- cut out image- let dry over night or blow dry fire around 1300F...

So I worked for5 a huge glass whole seller for 8 year & have the product knowledge- I made a few different things but my knowledge of how to fire is limited anyway we just bought my dream kiln a second hand 1414 and I am pretty excited...

Am looking forwards to any help your sight might offer- Thanks for providing the site...



First Name: Anna

Connie, you could tell the viewer that she can purchase decal letters and fuse them onto the glass. There isn't a wide selection of fonts though. I know they are available in gold script and black...




First Name: Chris

Hi Connie

I have 2 answers for the question: Both of these products can be found using this URL: .

You can actually use special glass paint that you heat in the oven. Glassline is one company who produces these paints. I’ve used this product on my fused glass several times.

Another answer is a product I use a lot more frequently. They are fusing papers. You can cut with scissors or use a cut out to make letters.

There are many websites that feature these products.



First Name: Kathy

In reply to the person that was wanting to transfer type to glass: She could try printing a black sheet of paper or whatever color she wanted it to be onto the glass transfer paper and then cut it out on a cricut machine. This might work. I have not tried this paper yet, but I have some, and have been wanting to try it with pictures.



To refresh, here is the question from last month’s e-zine and following that is all of your helpful and insightful suggestions:


Article Question


What are your favorite books?


Reader Responses to Book Suggestions


First Name: Cindy

Hi! I would like to recommend a couple of really good fusing books. I have read quite a few books since taking up fusing. A few of them I found really lousy. I won't mention names.

These two are my favorite fusing books. I think any fuser looking for a good reference book jammed with tips and techniques should get the 2010 Contemporary Fused Glass book by Brad Walker. He does an amazing job covering all of the bases. The book is meant for all skill levels. Though this book is a bit pricey, it is well worth the investment! Another good book is: Kiln-Formed Glass by Gillian Hulse. It is a very user friendly book and contains a bunch of projects. All of them are very cute! Most beginners could handle them, too.


Tips and Tricks

Never place anything wet or damp in the kiln prior to firing. Moisture can produce steam and can cause the fused piece to move and become damaged.

Additions to the Site

02/24/11 – Beyond the Basics E-book

Product Review - Beyond the Basics Book

The latest addition to the instructional serious has been turned into a paperback book. If you want the handiness of obtaining this beginner projects material, it is now being offered on the website.

This bond book is an essential for learning all of those basic projects. There is nothing like seeing instructions and reading the material as you follow along and create your own projects.

This information takes you beyond the basics of glass fusing with beginner projects. The book contains all of the chapters that are found on the DVD.

It is packed with ideas and beginner projects. There are 58 pages of step-by-step instructions in this novel. It also includes a firing chart to assist you in your first firing and a page for taking notes on various processes.

Some of the chapters are projects similar to the ones found on the website, but it also contains a few chapters that are new and exciting.

For further information check out the Beyond the Basics Book on the web site.

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