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Issue #002 - Glass Paints
September 23, 2008
The Glass Fuse News
September 23, 2008
The Glass Fuse News 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.
1. Feature Article
Feature Article - Vitrea PaintsI have been admiring the glass paints and work of an artist who sells fused glass pendants on Ebay. I had no previous knowledge of using Pebeo Vitrea paints for glass painting or that Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints even existed. These cabochons are like miniature paintings and that are very intriguing and detailed. Reading the written instruction on how this artist designs and makes these pendants, I finally figure out the technique. She wrote:
“My process is lengthy and involves first fusing two or more pieces of glass together in a kiln. (fusing takes place at about 1600 degrees) I anneal and wait for the piece to cool , usually 8 hours. At this point I drill holes in the glass. This is done with a diamond drill bit under water. My next step is to paint on the glass with special glass paints. Each one is an original tiny painting. The glass paints must be cured for 24 to 48 hours before they can be permanently baked onto the glass. (I used low fire paints for this piece). After this process they are allowed to cool again for a few hours.”
Do you see it? I must have read this I don’t know how many times when it finally hit me….the pieces aren’t fused after being drilled and then painted. Initially a couple of pieces of glass are fused together to obtain the background piece, then using what is referred to as “special glass paints” they are painted. Next the pieces are allowed it to cure and they are low fired. I guess this is one of those times when you need to think outside of the box, or in this case outside of the kiln. What is low firing? These paints are heated inside a kiln, but are heat cured in an oven. Well, duh! I don’t know why I have blinders on sometimes. I just assumed that everything had to be done in the kiln. Since they are listed as fused pieces, I guess I just assumed that every part of the process was accomplished in a kiln.
So, I went searching for these special paints, and found the
Vitrea 160 paints. They sell Vitrea 150 and 160 paints. There is a difference in the temperature of heating and curing these paints, but after speaking to another author, I found out that you can actually mix these paints without any problems. This really opens up an array of colors, because some of the colors only come in the Vitrea 150.
I purchased some Vitrea Paints and started painting on some fused pieces. These paints can be heated in the oven to make them adhere to the glass. They really do become almost impossible to remove. The colors are bright and brilliant and can be painted, heated and painted again. I believe they can actually be heated in the oven three different times without any problems. This is fantastic when you want to add a little more detail.
I used several different techniques using the glass paints, so if you want more information, please check out the page on Pebeo Vitrea Paints.
Quote of the Month“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” - George Bernard Shaw
Since Last E-ZineIt has been a busy month. Not only is school back in session, and that means I get to work in the real world occasionally, but I have been adding pages in my spare time. You can see by the list of pages that have been added that I have had a little time on my hands. Check out my new Etsy account. I decided to place a few of my pendants on Etsy. Etsy is a fabulous place to sell your items. It is a nice place to list and display the items that you would like to sell on the internet. The items I placed on there are some painted pieces and some face pattern pendants. Check it out!
I have been working on an eBook about glass fusing. There are currently 298 pages on the Glass Fusing Made Easy site. This e-Book will cover only the Top 10 popular pages. These pages have been rewritten and include new updated photos. Along with the e-Book will be a free book offer titled “101 Tips and Tricks”. These are very helpful tips and tricks that I have gleaned over the years. Rewriting the pages is taking some time, but the 101 tips and tricks is written and ready to go live. I am still trying to decide if I will make it a downloadable PDF file, or place it on a site to be sold in a hard copy. What do you think? Let me know, please.
Tips and TricksSoak fused pieces in vinegar to remove stuck kiln wash. After soaking use a scrubby to remove the wash.
Additions to the Site08/11/08 –
Product ReviewCement boards – Hardibacker/Durock/Wonderboard are all cement boards. After reading about my fire last month, you know that safety in the fusing area is on my mind. When taking another Vitrigraph class last month, the instructors used cement boards under the kiln and on their work area. These boards are fantastic for insulating and keeping your hot glass area safe. Even molten glass landing on these cement boards will not cause a fire. Long lasting and easy to cut, these are a must in any glass fusing studio. Score the board twice with a utility knife and it usually snaps clean. This makes them a snap to trim for all the various size areas you need to protect. Keep your glass fusing area safe!
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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! I am also considering offering glass fusing classes in the San Dimas, California area. If you are interested, please let me know!
See you next month…
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