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Issue #77 - Hot Combed Glass
December 31, 2014

Hot Out of the Kiln

December 2014

Well, another year has come to an end and the excitement of a new year is here.

I am planning some exciting new adventures this upcoming year.

As I mentioned in my last e-zine, I will be hosting some webinars, so if there is any process that you would like to learn, please email me your requests.

The first webinar will be FREE and the topic will be learning the easy process of Freeze and Fuse.

Click on the link below and mark your calendars for Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time.

If you are interested in learning this technique or just want to view a free webinar, click here to register.

You will receive a confirmation email as well as reminder emails.

My latest book, "Wear Your Fused Glass Art", is finally finished and is being proofread at the moment.

The book has 20 different projects and lots of patterns for creating these pieces.

I am hoping to publish it sometime next month.

The sales for the Winter 2014 issue of the e-magazine have been fantastic.

Thank you for all the purchases and comments.

If you want to purchase the Winter 2014 e-magazine it is available on CD or downloadable from the website.

Until next month…keep it hot!

Con





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




Hot Combed Glass

Hot combed glass is a process that is accomplished by opening the kiln at a high temperature and then using a tool the glass is pushed and pulled in various directions.

Combing glass is an invigorating kiln forming process and a process that is not for the faint of heart.

In this procedure, you manipulate hot glass in a kiln by raking a stainless steel tool across the surface of the molten glass.

This motion causes different colors to blend and streak in unique one-of-a-kind designing patterns.

It is another one of the hottest glass fusing projects you can do inside a kiln.

This technique can be one of the most thrilling warm glass activities.

Make sure to read the safety precautions for combing glass and have all the appropriate tools, clothing, and of course fusible glass that has the same COE.

1. Turn off the kiln once the glass has reached the desired temperature. Turning off the kiln will avoid any electrical shock you might receive if the stainless steel combing rod touches any of the coils by accident.

2. Wear cotton clothing during the procedure. Any synthetic material can melt quickly in the high heat and cause burns to skin.

3. Wear the glasses with IR/UV protection to protect your eyes from the infrared rays.

4. Wear a high temperature gloves to protect your hands, arms and clothing.

5. Use a container of water that is large enough to securely hold the hot raking tool.

Material List

  • Various Colors of Glass
  • Clear Glass
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Lint Free Towel
  • Glasses with UV/IR Protection
  • High Temperature Gloves
  • Glass Cutter
  • Fiber Board
  • Kiln Posts
  • Damming Material
  • Kiln Shelf
  • Kiln Paper
  • Kiln
  • Combing Rake
  • Pot of Water
  • Directions

    Determine the size of your project.

    Clean all of the glass and dry with a lint free towel.

    Cut clear base glass.

    Cut strips of each of the colors of glass.

    Lay out the pattern on the base piece to determine amount of strips of each color.

    Clean all of the glass.

    Lay the base glass on fiber paper on kiln shelf.

    Using fiber board and damming material build around the sides of the glass piece.

    Start stacking and alternating the colors of glass.

    Once assembled, add some kiln posts for support if needed.

    Close lid of kiln and heat the kiln slowly to about 1700 degrees F.

    I take mine up at about 300 degrees per hour and do about a 15 minute hold at 1000 degrees F.

    Then the kiln temperature is increased as fast as possible to approximately 1700 degrees F.

    Adjust the temperatures and ramps according to your particular kiln.

    When the raking temperature is reached, turn off the kiln and wearing appropriate safety apparel, open the lid.

    Skim the top of the glass with the combing rake.

    Work swiftly but cautiously.

    You can usually pull the rod across the glass about twice before it will need to be dipped into the water to cool off the metal tip.

    You should only be combing the top half of the glass not going in to deep.

    Pull the glass a few times close the lid and allow it to heat back up and repeat the process.

    The glass will have the consistency of honey that has been refrigerated. Thick but still movable.

    Try moving the rake in different patterns across the gooey slab.

    Once raked, follow schedule to anneal and cool glass.



    QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

    "Change starts with you but it doesn't start until you do." -- Tom Ziglar



    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.




    READER QUESTION:

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    Hi Connie,

    I have a small 15 inch chamber Skutt Studio Pro kiln. I just purchased some texture molds from Delphi. They are 13 inches long. My shelf is only 13 inches. Can I remove the shelf and put my texture mold with glass on kiln posts. Or would it be better if I cut the glass 1/4 inch shorter and keep the mold on the shelf? HELP!!!

    Thank you, Michaelene


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    What would you suggest to Michaelene? Have you had the same issue and found a great solution?

    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:

    Keep the kiln at least three feet away from anything flammable.




    SHARE THE SITE:

    Clicking on the "Share this page" button at the bottom of your favorite pages will enable you to come back to your preferred pages and help others find interesting and exciting information.

    Please help share the site with others!

    Thanks!



    WHAT’S NEW:

    Do you have an upcoming event or new product that you would like others to know about? Drop us a quick e-mail and once approved, it will be place in the next e-zine.



    Bullseye

  • New Classes at Bullseye


  • Delphi Glass

  • New Fusing Supplies


  • Coatings by Sandberg

  • New Dichroic Glass Products


  • Slumpy”s

  • Slumpy’s What’s New


  • PRODUCT REVIEW:

    Glass Combing Rod or Rake

    When purchasing a combing rod, there are a few items you will want to keep in mind.

    There are small stainless steel rakes that are about 5-6 inches long, and these are fantastic for lampworking, but will not work for combing glass inside the kiln.

    You will want a one that is about 15-18 inches long so that you can stand back from the kiln.

    When doing the process of hot combed glass, you will need a good sturdy stainless steel rake to perform the procedure.

    These rakes are not very expensive to purchase and will last forever if constructed correctly.

    Delphi glass has a rake that is 18 inches long and is designed for kilns that are approximately 15 inches in diameter.

    This particular rake sells for about $40.00.

    Artistry in Glass, which is based in Canada, has a 15 inch rake, which only costs $15.33 ca.

    Their custom aluminum handle has a heat, chemical and fire resistant cover.




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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!

    See you next month…

    Con


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