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Issue #63 - Pattern Bar
October 31, 2013
Hot Out of the Kiln
Fall is finally here with cooler mornings and more family activities.
One of my grandsons graduated from the Marines boot camp last week and we enjoyed all of the activities.
He just turned 18, but is so grown up and mature after this experience.
He was home for ten days and is now back for some artillery training at Camp Pendleton for the next month.
Besides going to my grandson's graduation, adult education classes, babysitting and going to the gym, I have also signed up for some glass fusing classes.
It is always great to take classes, not only is it inspiring, but you glean some new ideas and suggestions.
Last weekend, I took a two day class with Patty Gray.
She is such an stimulating instructor with some creative ideas for enhancing your fusing experience.
We had two full days of creative and I loved every minute.
One of the projects we achieved was constructing a pattern bar.
My pattern bars were very ho-hum with just sections of glass, but she showed us how to create unique bars that were very motivating.
So, this month, I have decided to share my understanding of how to achieve this look.
I am also in the middle of finishing off the next issue of the Fused Glass Projects. The Fall issue is still available as well as past issues. The fall issue can be located on the Current Issue page, and past issues can be found on the Archives page.
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
A pattern bar can be created out of any COE of glass as long as you don’t mix COE’s. These create patterns that can then be used to design a variety of fusing projects.
We cut various slices of colored glass and assembled them inside one of Patty Gray’s molds. They don’t need to be assembled in a stainless steel mold.
This mold (GM123 Dam Mold) is 6 inches by 6 inches. It was sprayed with MR97 and a layer of papyros shelf paper was placed on the bottom of the mold before adding the glass.
I also added some colorful rods which gave it some curve when fired.
The strips and rods were 5 7/8 inches long and various widths.
You can see by the example to the right that there can even be space between the layers, which permits the top layer to flow down and fill in the areas.
Layer various widths of strips to add interest to the piece.
Unscented hair spray was used to secure the glass as it was built. This can be done by adding just a dot to the edge of any strip. The hair spray will flow under the glass and hold it in place during building and firing of the glass.
The projects were fired by Patty after we left for the evening, so I am not sure of the firing schedule.
Firing could vary depending on the amount of glass used and your particular kiln.
Once fired, the pieces can then be sliced using a tile saw with a diamond blade to create pattern bar slices that have the same design. These slices can be added to a future project.
" Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
The light fusing adhesives rely on ultra-violet light. There are several brands including Nano470 and Loctite 373. The Nano470 relies on the UV light that is emitted by a regular fluorescent light and is safer than a UV light source unless you have protective glasses and avoid skin exposure. Glass is bonded to glass so tightly and with such strength that the result is similar to fusing. A query on UV Light Curing systems gives specific information.
Thank you for the reply, Ray. I am sure your answer has assisted others besides myself.
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!
Purchase some German made 700.0 Silberschnitt glass breaking pliers. These pliers will break glass up to 5mm thick..
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Coatings by Sandberg
Morton Cutting System
I generally cut my glass on a newspaper, and measure and mark my size using a permanent marker, but I fell in love with this Morton Cutting System.
Using the Morton Cutting System makes cutting exact shapes and sizes over and over again easy and quick.
This really came in handy when cutting all those strips and shapes this weekend.
It has a plastic grid work surface that catches small shards of glass so clean up is a breeze. Be sure that when you go to clean up that you have removed all of the accessories from the grid board.
There is a long metal bar that runs across the grid.
Slide a piece of glass under the bar, and simply line up the glass to the ruler. Using your preferred glass cutter, make your cut.
It comes with over a dozen accessories to assist you in cutting strips, triangles, diamonds, rectangles and other shapes.
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