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Issue #94 - Powder Frit
May 31, 2016

Hot Out of the Kiln

May 2016

I have been having a lot of fun using glass powder this month, and thought I would share one of the projects I have been working on.

I have the opportunity to take a screen printing class in Pasadena, California.

It is always fun and interesting to take classes to learn new techniques, and to visit with other glass fusing enthusiasts.

There were 6 of us in the class, so that we were able to receive individual attention if needed.

The class was titled, “Screen Printing with Powder Frit” and was taught by Lisa Ann Sparks.

What was really cool was the fact that we were able to keep all of the screen printing supplies so that we could continue our experience at home.

There are so many ways you can use powder frit in your glass fusing projects.

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Summer 2016

Letter from the Editor

by Connie Brown

Table of Contents

Articles

Dichroic Diamonds and a Square

by Connie Brown

Dichroic glass always adds a depth of interest and dazzle to any fused glass piece. In this article a symmetrical design is used to give the dichroic glass depth and dimension.

Kiln Carved Pot Melt

by Connie Hora

Do you ever merge procedures? Combing two techniques, Connie demonstrates a kiln carved pot melt design.

Combing Glass

by Dennis Brady

Dennis is back again this month to discuss and inform us on the hot process of combing glass. He provides a wealth of information on not only the process, but what kilns to use and safety precautions.

Personalized Fused Glass USB Flash Drive

by Gaege Rivera

Personalizing always makes the project unique and one-of-a-kind. Turn an ordinary flash drive into a personalized gift.

Delicate Wings

by Helen Dyne

Helen has a unique gift when it comes to painting glass. In this article she describes how she designs and achieves her delicate wings on a dragon fly.

Glass Expo 2016

by JaimeLynn Hunter

Did you make it to the Glass Expo 2016? JaimeLynn generously provides photos for a glimpse into some of the events.

Layering Mix

by Margot Clark

What is Layering Mix and how is it used in glass fusing? This is a new product from Unique Glass Colors, and Margot answers any questions you might have about this new creation for fused glass painting.

Rigidizer Fiber Blanket

by Richard Wood

Adding rigidizer to a fiber blanket, Richard demonstrates how this combination can be used to create exclusive molds.

Standing Sunflower

by Sharon Faith Hunter

Follow along as Sharon reveals how she created this summery sunflower. She offers step-by-step photos and instructions as well as firing schedules for each step.

Tips and Tricks

Readers have shared 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.

Trouble Shooting

What exactly is a sock time and why is it important?

Patterns

What's New

Back Issues

Glass Fusing Supplies

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Con





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




Powder Frit

Powder frit can be used to enhance, design and enrich a lot of glass fusing projects.

It comes in a rainbow of colors in either COE90 or COE 96.

For this project, I am using the fact that the powder pulls in and draws together when fused inside the kiln.


Materials List:

  • Powder Frit
  • Mold
  • Fiber Board
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors/LI>
  • Glass Sifter
  • Water
  • Squirt Bottle
  • Cutting tool
  • Kiln Paper
  • Kiln Shelf
  • Kiln

  • Directions:

  • 1. Select a mold and powder frit to use for this project.
  • 2. Place mold on fiber board and using a permanent mark, trace around the edge of the mold.
  • 3. Use scissors to cut out the design, leaving the outside of the traced image intact.
  • 4. Place kiln paper on top of a kiln shelf, and then place the cut fiber board on top of the kiln paper.
  • 5. Using the glass sifter, evenly distribute the glass along the bottom of the opening. Evenly filling the empty space with powder.
  • 6. You can fill the empty space completely, or use two different colors of powder frit, layering each color.
  • 7. Once all of the powder has completely filled the space, gently lift the fiber board, exposing only the powder.
  • 8. Fill the squirt bottle with water and spritz all over the top of the powder.
  • 9. Use a sharp object (i.e. credit card, squeegee, cutting tool, razor blade) to cut into the edges of the powder. This will make a gap in the powder.
  • 10. Allow the powder to dry and fire it to a full fuse.
  • 11. The finished project can be used as is or add a piece of clear glass and slump.


  • QUOTE OF THE MONTH:

    "Never water yourself down just because someone can't handle you at 100 Proof." -- Author Unknown



    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.




    READER QUESTION:

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    Hi Connie,

    I am in the process of buying supplies for making fused glass jewelry. I am new to this art form and I would like to know where is a good place to purchase the glass for a first time user and also how to buy it size wise and price wise. I am on a tight budget right now. Which is the best way to go with purchasing my first order? Thank you for any help in getting me started. I am shopping around and getting confused as to the best way to purchase the glass I need to make jewelry and what to buy as well.

    Thank you,

    Jackie C.



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    What would you tell Jackie? Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thank you!






    TIPS AND TRICKS:

    To see if your thermocouple is working try holding a hair dryer on it to see if temperature changes. Do not have the kiln in firing mode when trying this procedure.




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    WHAT’S NEW:

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    Bullseye

  • New Classes at Bullseye


  • Delphi Glass

  • New Fusing Supplies


  • Coatings by Sandberg

  • New Dichroic Glass Products


  • Slumpy”s

  • Slumpy’s What’s New


  • PRODUCT REVIEW:

    Glass Powder Sifter

    Glass powder sifters are constructed of a lightweight plastic cup with a 60 mesh screen bottom and a metal twisted handle.

    They come in three sizes: large (2 inch diameter), medium (1 ¼ inch diameter) and small (1/2 inch diameter).

    The small design is great for doing detailed work, while the larger model makes covering bigger areas faster.

    Since you are working with powder glass, it is important that you work in a well ventilated area and wear a dusk mask.

    The sifter can be gently jiggled to disperse the powder, or use another object to vibrate the plastic by running it along the twisted metal handle.




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    See you next month…

    Con


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