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Issue #64 - Pattern Bar Flow
November 29, 2013
Hot Out of the Kiln
I have been extremely busy, what with making my Christmas presents and getting ready for a boutique.
Fall classes are finally over, and the time allotted for them has been replaced with kiln work.
My kiln has been running 24/7 with the only down time being used to anneal the designs and create more projects.
I recently purchased a GM1414 skutt kiln.
After taking all of those classes and observing how many things that can be fired at the same time, it was time to add a 240 voltage outlet and purchase a larger kiln.
It weighs 300 lbs and measures 54 in long, 34 inches wide and 20 inches tall.
I purchased the kiln from Arizona and then had to make arrangements to have it shipped to California.
Finally everything fell into place and it arrived yesterday.
Now I need to find the time to finish setting up my new toy and learn all about this latest kiln.
The next issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine is ready and available on the website.
Winter 2013 Content
Letter from the Editorby Connie Brown
Table of Contents
Reactions to Reactivesby Anne Nye
Anne shares some insight to the reactive glass that is available from Bullseye. When she was in Portland for BeCon, a walk through the resource center exposed her to the reactive glass samples and at that point, she was infected by the “reactive bug”!
Aspen Trees in Winterby Autumn Hora
If you are inspired by depth in your fusing projects, follow along as Autumn shows all the necessary steps to achieve her Aspen trees in Winter design.
Patty Gray's Classby Connie Brown
Have you ever wondered what transpires in one of Patty Gray's class? Connie shares her experience in one of Patty's two day classes.
Toying with Temperedby Dennis Brady
Tempered glass is almost always free and it’s fun to work with for fusing projects. Dennis shows us step-by-step instructions for using tempered glass in fusing projects.
How to Make a Relief Design in Fused Glassby Elena Wright
One fun thing to do is to give dimension to a rather plain fused glass panel by slumping it over cut pieces of fiber paper. Elena suggest possible ideas to incorporate in your own fused glass projects.
Wind Chime/Suncatcherby Gene Cross
Gene provides some simple steps and instructions for designing and creating his unique windchimes. He provides a detailed material list and complete thorough directions.
Screen Meltby Richard Wood
Follow along as Richard provides full steps and directions for constructing a screen melt. Each screen melt is unique and his extremely inspiring piece will motivate and encourage you to try this hot process.
Glass and Woodby Shawn O'Brien
Shawn, a woodworker is inspiring with his glass and wood creations. He shares his insight into how he designs these projects.
“Upcycled” Wine Bottle Glass Projectsby Trish Schornagel
Now that “green” and “recycle” have become standards in our vocabulary, Trhsi has come up with some neat ideas for reusing glass bottles.
Tips and TricksWe are starting a new section to provide everyone with some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.
Glass Zones - Learn what is transpiring inside the kiln at various temperatures.
Glass Fusing Supplies
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
Pattern Bar Flow Technique
The pattern bar flow technique involves a lot of steps and preparation.
To begin, you must first make a pattern bar to use for the flow bar design.
Once you have designed, fired and sliced up your pattern bar into segment slabs, they can be used in many ways to enhance your glass fusing projects.
These pattern bar pieces when cut are mirror images of themselves.
Each segment slab can be placed in a variety of patterns to allow the glass to flow and fill in all of the containment area, or placed on a another piece of glass to enrich the glass with these unique patterns.
If placing them in a dammed area and allowed to flow, you must first find out the weight of your glass.
By finding the weight of your final fired pattern bar you can use a formula to find out the volume of the container needed to contain the flow.
Since the glass has been previously fired and is thick, it must be brought up slowly at a rate of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour and held at about 1525 degrees per hour for about an hour and a half to allow the glass to flow out and fill in all of the space.
The pattern bar flow needs a longer annealing time, because of the thickness of your final project.
To find out even more about this method, check out the video on the bullseye website .
" …creating is the true essence of life” – Barthold Georg Niebuhr
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'm having students make a glass fused tile as a project and I had one break. It was 2 layers full fused, then a full fused glass butterfly laminated on in the next firing. I'm thinking I ran the kiln too fast (medium) would it be better to ramp slower when the project is thicker or faster?
What advice would you offer Kathy? Drop us a quick response and assist other in understanding glass fusing.
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. Thanks!
When firing small thin pieces prop the kiln lid partially open at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit and open wide at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Coatings by Sandberg
CRL Push Button Vacuum Cup
When taking a class with Patty Gray last month, she used a push button vacuum cup to assist in lifting large sheets of glass and placing it inside a mold, or removing fused glass from the mold after firing.
I have tried other suction cups for this purpose and they just don’t seem to want to hold on to the glass.
Although these are a little expensive, they really do the job!
I went on line and found them here.
It costs about $30.00 plus shipping.
You simple place the suction cup on your glass, push the button and push down.
The suction cup holds on to the glass as you lift.
Once lifted, place your other hand under the glass as an added protection.
These are amazing at removing a large sheet of glass from a mold without scratching the sides of the mold, or disturbing the PAPYROS® Kiln Shelf Paper.
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