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Issue #62 - Pattern Bar Slices
September 29, 2013
Hot Out of the Kiln
This has been on HOT month. My electric bill was twice what it normally runs.
My current schedule is extremely busy. I just signed up for three adult education classes and along with going to the gym three times a week, I am running in circles.
These are fun classes and cover topics that I have been wanting to learn for years now. The jewelry and pottery class will assist me in design some new adornments and in making unique molds for my fusing purposes.
I have been noticing a lot of pattern bars being used to not only design jewelry, but it seems the latest usage for these pieces it to place them into a mold and create unique plates.
I had a slab already made, so I cut it up on the tile saw and turned it into jewelry.
The current issue of the Fused Glass Projects has been extremely popular. Maybe it is because it is filled with some well know authors, or individuals have been spreading the word. Thank you for your purchase and all the wonderful responses to this issue. You can read more about this publication by clicking here.
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Replies
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
Pattern Bar Slices
Pattern bar slices are made from cutting off certain widths of pattern bars. These pattern bars are made from layers of strips of glass, stringers or frit and typically are made from different colors.
These can be created in a stainless steel pattern bar mold or by layering layers of glass and fusing to a full fuse so that the layers slump down into a solid piece of glass. It is not necessary to take your glass higher than about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit (704.444 C). This will enable the glass to stick together thus avoiding the need to dam the glass.
On some bars, you can see each layer of colored glass, while others may have the colors swirled together. These add unique qualities to any project.
The section of glass is then cut into segments using a tile saw with a diamond blade. Make sure to follow all necessary safety precautions when using a tile saw.
Pattern slices also make excellent jewelry pieces such as pendants. A small slice will melt round inside the kiln or oblong and then when it is cool it can be made to hang on a chain using a couple of different techniques. Wire wrapping is one technique, but there are others available.
Currently the rage is to individually layer them inside a stainless steel ring mold and allow them to slump and run together to achieve unique plates. This is referred to as a Pattern Bar Flow Technique. To find a tutorial on this process, check out Boony Doon Fused Glass Tools under their Tutorial section.
It is important to know if the slices are too thin, the edges may become distorted, as they start to pull in and shrink. The slices should be at least 3/8 inch in width in most cases. Also, know that the colors and shapes of the slices will change during the firing process.
How to Prepare the Kiln
You shouldn't use thin fire paper to prepare the kiln shelf, because you will be working at high enough temperature for it to break down, when you are making jewelry pieces. You need to coat the kiln shelf heavily with wash or use at least 1/8 inch of fiber paper on the shelf instead.
Once you have the Pattern bar slices cut and the kiln shelf prepared, it is now time to fire. Know that at the high temperatures you will be working with that your small pieces can flow off the kiln shelf once melt if some type of dam is not used. Place the slices on the prepared shelf.
Whenever you are firing glass that has been previously fired, it is thicker and therefore needs to be fired at about 300 degrees per hour until it reaches 1000 degrees F and then a soak is necessary for at least 30 minutes. Then fire as fast as possible to final destination.
You can then quickly raise the temperature to about 1650 degrees F or 899 degrees C (your kiln may vary though and need a higher temperature) and let the glass soak for about 10 minutes. Check the glass to see if it has sufficiently changed shape. You will not be able to notice the color change, since the glass is so hot.
At this point, you can just turn off your kiln and let it cool down to room temperature. Once the kiln is cool, open and take out your project. You will marvel at the transformation the shape and colors have made inside the kiln. The colors will shift quite a bit from their original state, as well as the shape. Your fused glass project is now ready to be included in the jewelry you desire.
Now, you can treat these Pattern bar slices as you would other pieces of glass when fusing. As with all fused glass, the COE of the pieces must be compatible to prevent issues from arising. Also, wear the correct clothing, heat resistant gloves and protective eyewear. Experiment with these slices today to see what unique projects you come with in glass fusing.
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance" – Aristotle
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Connie, I'm a fuser so I do all my work in my kiln. However, I ran across a video on the computer where a guy takes a clear bevel, adheres it to a piece of dichroic glass by using UV resin and then using a UV light to cure it, thus making a jewel. Are you familiar with this? Have you used UV glue and UV lights?
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Coatings by Sandberg
There are a few times in your fusing experience when the necessity of using reaching tongs might come into play. They are just one of the many glass fusing tools that you should have on hand for just this situation.
A reaching tool is tremendous for accessing hot items deep inside the kiln. This might be to adjust the glass or to maneuver a piece in some processes. They are also used for picking up hot items inside the kiln.
They need to be made of a material that will withstand the heat inside a torrid kiln. Therefore most of these are made out of stainless steel.
I have mine hanging on a peg board inside my workshop where they are easily accessible and quick to grab.
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