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Issue #050 - Hot Embossing
October 31, 2012

Hot Out of the Kiln

October 31, 2012

It is nice to finally have some cooler weather, especially when the holidays are fast approaching and I need to get creating some of my gift items. I have purchased a lot of dichroic glass from CBS (Coatings by Sandberg) and I have plans to used most of it crafting some unique pendants as gifts. What are you creating inside your kiln?

I have received the articles for the next issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine. It should be coming out in the middle or late part of November. Make sure you have signed up on the website to receive notification of the release. Here is a list of the articles and contributors for the upcoming issue:

  • Focus on Success by Anne Nye
  • Embossing Made Easy by Lisa Vogt
  • Woven Glass by Stephanie O'Toole
  • Hawaiian Turtle by Connie Brown
  • Fused Glass QR Code by Ed Christianson
  • Zuper Glue Snowflakes by Carrie Strope
  • Kiln Fused Glass Pendant Bails by Jeanne Marie
  • How to Successfully Fuse Glass in a Microwave Kiln by Arnold Howard
  • Grinder Maintenance
  • CBS Tour
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Readers Comments
  • What's New
  • 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

    Hot Embossing

    Hot embossing is a process that achieved when glass is molten inside the kiln. Embossing stamps or copper dies are attached to a long rod and pressed into the glass. This procedure adds depth and texture to the glass by pressing designs into the glass.

    The required embossing stamps and embossing handles can be purchased on line at J P Glassworks, Inc. Do a google search to find other stamp designs. They will need to fit on the end of the embossing handle.  hot embossing, glass embossing, embossing stamps, copper dies


  • Glass
  • Glass cutting tools
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Kiln
  • Kiln gloves
  • Eye wear with IR and UV protection
  • High temperature gloves
  • Heat resistant surface
  • Bronze embossing stamp
  • Single embossing handle
  • Heat resistant surface

  • Directions:

    Cut the glass and design the project. For embossing purposes use at least two layers.

    Place glass on prepared kiln shelf inside the kiln.

    Heat kiln to approximately 1000 degrees F and soak at this temperature for about 10 minutes. This will allow the glass to even out in temperature.

    Heat kiln as fast as possible to approximately 1500 degrees F, depending on your particular kiln. If the glass is not hot enough the copper dies cannot be pressed into the glass, and if too hot the glass can become thin and brittle.

    Put on protective eye wear and high temperature gloves.

    Turn off and unplug the kiln. This is to avoid shock should you touch an element with the tool. Turning off the power is an important step.

    Open the kiln lid. Hold the embossing tool by the wooden handle and avoid touching the metal.

    Start pressing the die into the glass, using small rocking motions from front to back and side to side. The entire stamping on the glass should not take more than about five seconds.

    Remove the embossing tool and place it on a heat resistant surface to cool.

    Close up the kiln and allow the kiln to cool to around 950 degrees Fahrenheit. Anneal at this temperature for about an hour.

    Once the piece has annealed, turn off the kiln and allow it to cool to room temperature.

    As soon as the pyrometer drops underneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln may be opened.

    "True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    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 Con.

    Hope you are doing well.

    The confession: I KNOW I am not supposed to fuse directly on my kiln floor, but I have some 12x6 inch glass that does not fit on the round kiln shelf of my 15x6 kiln, so I have been doing the first fuse on kiln paper, directly on the floor of the kiln, then slumping the resulting piece on a 12x6 tray mold ( back on the shelf). Are you shaking your head? I love these trays and it is hard to feel guilty.

    Well, surprise: I have a little ding in the floor, about 1/4 inch deep and probably 1/2 inch wide. It causes the pieces I fuse there to have a little flaw that gets somewhat, but not entirely flattened out again when I do the slumping. Are you laughing? Feel free. I understand.

    The question: Can I use kiln cement - the kind you recommend at your site for sealing mild cracks and the kiln lid - to repair my kiln floor? Will it get ruined if I continue my bad fusing behavior??? I will appreciate your response and you are welcome to use this question as a cautionary tale in your next newsletter if you like.




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  • Embossing Stamps

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    Embossing stamps are used to emboss glass. Most are made out of copper or stainless steel. They can be purchased on line.

    I have used these many times to add some depth and dimension to a particular piece of glass. Once embossed the glass can also be painted to enhance the area.

    Twisted heavy copper wire could be used to create unique patterns. It will have the look of a branding iron once completed and will need to be attached to an extension so that it will reach inside the kiln.

    Metal drawer pulls could also be used if they are made out of copper or stainless steel. Again, they will need to be attached to some type of extension to hold onto during the stamping process.

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    See you next month…

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