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Issue #037 - Wind Chimes
September 26, 2011
Hot Out of the Kiln
September 26, 2011
The hot months of summer are slowly fading away as the crisp colorful fall weather creeps into being.
Bring in the colorful fall leaves, the orange pumpkins and warm up your kiln for the cold weather ahead.
I am still struggling with the tendentious this month, and this has limited my time on the computer. It has however enabled me plenty of time to work with my kiln.
I also managed to get the Intermediate Glass Fusing Book completed. It was really fun doing some projects and videotaping them for the upcoming DVD.
I enjoy having goals to accomplish, especially when they involve working with glass. Working on glass and the new book helped me keep my mind off of my painful shoulder.
Normally, I do the video first and then move on to the book and e-book, but this month, I changed it up. Even though I did do the videotaping during the process, the movie won’t be coming out for another couple of months.
You will probably notice that the e-zine is being mailed a little early this month. This is because I decided to re-vamp the e-zine and I am anxious to hear what you think about the new layout. Hope you like the new crisp look!
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
How to Make Wind Chimes
There is just something peaceful and elegant about the sound of a wind chime tinkling in the wind
There are so many ways you can create a fused glass wind chime.
From fusing glass bottles, to cutting and fusing fusible glass, each one is unique and individual.
One of the chapters in the new Intermediate Glass Fusing Book covers instructions on making wind chimes, so I decided to make a very simple one to share in the book.
I have lots of scrap glass and these are fantastic for fusing and turning into a wind chime.
Cut and clean the glass thoroughly before fusing the pieces inside the kiln.
Once the pieces have cooled to room temperature, they will need to have a hole drilled in each piece for stringing.
I purchased a ready-made wind chime from Walmart and removed the strung pipes.
Then simply use the base piece to attach the drilled glass.
You can purchase wind chime kits on the internet, or turn a piece of drift wood into your base and string the glass from the wood piece.
I have seen some very detailed pieces on the internet for making glass wind chimes.
Some are very simple, while others are more complex.
You could make the base out of fused glass in the shape of a tree limb and then the dangling pieces are leaves.
Flatten some bottles and mix them in your wind chime design.
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.
Beginner Glass Fusing Class – Chapters: Glass Types and COE, Glass Phases, Thermal Shock, 1000 Degrees Fahrenheit, Devitrification, Annealing, Quarter Inch Rule, Glass Assembly, Safety, Kiln Types, Basic Supplies, Preparing the Kiln, Preparing the Kiln Shelf, Cutting Glass, Designing Glass, Firing Glass, The Final Fused Project
Formats:Beyond the Basics – Chapters: Reading a Chart, Molds, Fused Tile, Business Card Holder, Glass Stand, Comb Honey, Coral Bowl, Fused Barrette, Glass Donut, Pre-cut Pieces, Painting on Glass with Glass, Sifting Frit onto Glass, Soap Dish, Fused Glass Dots, Drilling a Hole, Glass Powder Wafer, Sifting into a Stencil, Stringer Project, and Powder and Frit.
Formats:Intermediate - Chapters: Embellishments, Glass Workshop, Broken Art Glass, Casting Glass, Cold Combing, Copper Mesh Method, Crackle Technique, Etching Glass, Fused Glass Frame, Marble Glass Art, Fused Glass Lace, Fusing Photo Paper, Fused Wind Chimes, Glass Clay, Puffy Glass, Rubber Stamping on Glass, Slumping Bottles, Stringer Bowl
MiscellaneousHow to Make Dichroic Glass Art – Chapters: Definition of Dichroic, History of Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Side of Glass, Colors and What Do they Mean, Crinkled Dichroic, Dichro Slide, Dichroic Coated Copper Foil, To Cap or Not to Cap, Etching Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Donut, Making Simple, Elegant Cabochons, Getting Creative, Shaping Cabochons, Dichroic Cabochon Finishing, Wrapping it Up.
Hi - I am trying to make a pendant flat on all sides without cold working equipment. Do you think if I put the pendant upside down to fire and put a piece of fiber paper on top (which will be back of pendant) it will keep the pendant squared and flat on both sides? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated and love your site. Thank you for sharing.
You might try weighing the glass down with a kiln shelf placed on top of the glass...be sure to protect it with kiln wash or some shelf paper. Con
Do you have any suggestions that would help Diane with this dilemma? Please send your responses! They will be posted in next month’s e-zine. You could be helping others who have this same question. Thanks!
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!
Delphi has some ideas to get you inspired for Halloween. From bottle stoppers to a Halloween Candy Corn Wind Chime, these projects will get you firing up your kiln in no time at all.
There is even a free downloadable project page that will provide you with all the instructions for creating these haunting projects. It lists all the necessary items for each project. To find the instructions for these projects, click here.
Coatings By SandbergCoatings by Sandberg, or CBS is having a large sale on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 from 8:00am - Noon.
This is for walk-ins only and they will not take phone orders for this sale. Cash or credit cards are the only acceptable forms of payment.
This is a great opportunity to purchase dichroic glass at a fantastic sale!
Intermediate Glass Fusing Book
This month we are rolling up our sleeves and delving into some intermediate projects.
Click here for further information or to purchase the intermediate book.
These procedures are a little more complicated, and since you should have a good understanding of how glass flows inside the kiln, it is time to step it up a little.
Winter is coming and what a better time to warm up your home with a hot kiln filled with some new projects.
Are you looking for the perfect gift for one of your glass fusing friends, or yourself?
Purchase it now and have plenty of time to make some unique Christmas gifts that will be sure to please.
It starts out discussing embellishments and then delves into setting up a safe work space.
Once those topics are discussed, the book continues on describing and displaying instructions on some intermediate projects.
For only $24.99 you will receive the following information:
It is time to step it up and try some more advanced and interesting glass fusing projects. Read through the list of chapters and discover just how much information is packed into this new intermediate fusing book .
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See you next month…
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