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Issue #80 - Glass Powder Wafer
March 31, 2015
Hot Out of the Kiln
I survived our short week long vacation, and it is nice to be back home.
We went to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas.
I have to admit that we were totally relaxed when we got off the ship.
The new book, “Wear Your Fused Glass Art” is available on the website.
The Glass Craft and Bead Expo 2015 is coming up in Las Vegas.
I am really considering going this year. The dates are April 8th through April 12th.
Will you be attending?
Someone suggested having a webinar on mold making and I am considering doing one in May.
If there are subject matters that you would like to see in a webinar, please let me know.
The book “Wear Your Fused Glass Art” is still available in various formats that can be purchased on the website.
Sales have been fantastic on the Winter 2014 Fused Glass Projects magazine, and can be purchased by clicking here.
I am also working on the Summer 2015 issue of the magazine.
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 Powder Wafer
Glass powder wafers are thin pieces of fused frit.
The most common usage of these glass wafers is for surface decorations on other pieces of glass.
They can be created on a prepared kiln shelf or on thin fire paper.
You can use a combination of frit grades, such as; glass powder, fine frit or even medium frit.
Using various types of glass frit, especially on larger glass wafers allows the frit and design to shrink less.
A stencil can be used to form a glass wafer.
You will want to cut your stencil out of a material that is thick enough to support the glass.
Cutting a shape out of ¼ inch thick fiber paper will allow you to fill up the area with plenty of frit.
You leave the fiber board in place for the firing procedure to keep the frit stable during firing.If removing the stencil use a small soft brush or other object to remove any access material that has fallen out of place. Brush the frit away from the area or brush it back onto the pile of material.
1. Cut pattern out of ¼ inch fiber board using and exacto knife or scissors.
2. Place thin fiber paper on kiln shelf.
3. Place pre-cut fiber board on top of the thin fiber paper.
4. Fill pattern area with various sizes of frit.
5. Use a soft brush to push any stray frit into the pattern area.
6. Leave the fiber board in place.
7. Place shelf inside kiln.
8. Close kiln and turn on the unit.
9. Fire piece slowly to about 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for about 10 minutes.
10. Bring piece up to about 1385 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for about 10 minutes.
11. As quickly as possible bring the piece to 900 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for an hour.
12. At about 100 degrees per hour bring kiln down to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
13. Cool to room temperature before opening kiln.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” - Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
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.
I have a supply of marbles from Marble King. Can they be fused in a microwave kiln?
Thanks in advance.
Do you use a microwave kiln? What would you suggest to Frank?
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:
Mesh screens can be used to sort frit. Place the largest mesh on top and the smallest mesh on the bottom to sort the frit from largest to smallest.
SHARE THE SITE:
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Coatings by Sandberg
Beading Tweezers Tool With Built In Scoop
These beading tweezers tool with a built in scoop is a very useful tool when working with frit.
The scoop side of the tool allows you to gather up frit from a jar and place it where desired on your glass fusing project.
On the other end of this tool is what is referred to as beading tweezers.
The tweezers narrow to 1.5mm at the pointed tip, and they do a great job of gripping small or large pieces of frit.
This end is fantastic for placing pieces of frit into your design.
Do a google search for this tool to find the best price possible before purchasing.
I have several on hand and use them a lot when working on different projects.
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