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Issue #005 - Project Adhesive
January 25, 2009

Hot Out of the Kiln

January 25, 2009


Hot Out of the Kiln brings you the latest information, ideas, and resources for your glass fusing experience. If you like this newsletter, please forward it to share it with your friends.

In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Since Last E-zine
4. Tips and Tricks
5. Additions to Site
6. Product Review

Feature Article -Project Adhesive

This month we will be taking a look at the available project adhesive glues for glass fusing. So what bonding technology is out there for our specific craft? What is the current adhesive technology that other fusers are using and what really works?

Well, the holidays are behind us, and I hope everyone had a safe and joyous time. It is always fun to gather with all of our friends and families. Where has the time gone? The holiday projects are completed and it is time to get back to business.

There are a few glues or adhesives that are commonly used in glass fusing. These are used to hold the glass in place as you are placing them inside the kiln or to secure them during the firing process. Some of them can also be used as a medium for enamels or glass powder. Here is a little information about each and some pros and cons of each product.

  • 3M spray – Used by a few fusers, this spray seems to burn off clean during the firing process. Has a light even spray. The spray can’t be controlled and can actually move small items around on the glass if not careful.
  • Bullseye GlasTac – A very slow drying adhesive. It can be used to hold pieces in place prior to fusing. Because it is slow drying, you have plenty of time to adjusting the glass if the need is there. It burns out clean in the kiln.
  • Elmer’s Glue – This white school glue is watered down 50/50 with water. Some use Elmer’s Blue Gel without mixing. It can leave a smudge after firing if placed where the glue can show. Use a toothpick and apply a very small amount.
  • Hair Spray – Cheap and inexpensive this is my favorite adhesive. It dries very quickly and is applied with a toothpick, or I use the tube that is attached to the nozzle to apply it on my glass. It wouldn’t work for mixing with glass powder or enamels as it dries too quickly to allow you time to maneuver.
  • NO Days Glass Fusing Adhesive – This adhesive comes in squares that can be placed on your glass to hold it in place during firing. It requires the use of a heat gun to bond the materials. It burns off clean in the kiln. Since it comes in squares, it can’t be used for mixing purposes with powder or enamels.
  • Thompson Klyr-fire – This is a water-based adhesive that is used for enameling. It is mixed 50/50 with water when used as a spray adhesive. It can be used full strength to hold glass or enamels in place during the firing process.
  • Well this is a list of a few of the various project adhesive glues that can be used for your glass fusing projects. Have any that you use and would like to share with others? Or any comments on the ones highlighted here? Drop us a line and let us know your views and suggestions.

    Quote of the Month

    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

    Since Last E-Zine

    The holidays this year were spent flying and driving from one state to another. The holidays are tiring enough with all of the planning and preparation, but traveling really adds to the stress and strain that we place upon ourselves. Thanksgiving was spent in Arizona with my daughters and their families. We flew in on Thanksgiving day to find out that my daughter had just placed the turkey in the oven. We made a quick stop at the store to pick up some cooked turkey breasts. This was her first time cooking a turkey, and she didn’t realize that it would take hours before the meal could be complete. The meal was complete with all of our family traditions and she actually did a fabulous job.

    We left Arizona on the following day because we had to rush back for a family Christmas party on that Saturday. Since we were hosting my husband’s family’s party, we had to hurry home from Arizona. Most of our preparations had been done before, but we still had to decorate and complete the arrangements. Once that was over, my time was spent working on the site and getting ready for the holidays. I fused some personalized ornaments for my daughters and friends. I was burning up the kiln in preparation for the up coming events.

    About the middle of December, we drove to Arizona again and had a wonderful gathering with my daughters and grandchildren. We helped the little ones decorate the tree and did some shopping as my daughter had to work. The weekend was really too short and crammed as we gathered together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.

    Christmas is my mother’s birthday and this year she turned 80. My husband and I decided to fly up and surprise her on her birthday. This trip had been planned for months, and only my nephew and niece were aware of our arrival.

    Christmas day was spent in the airport as our 2 hour flight to Eureka was delayed over and over again. The flight was supposed to leave at 9:00 am finally departed at 1:00 pm. We were moved from terminal to terminal as they tried to determine where our plane was going to leave. The first flight was delayed because there wasn’t a crew to fly the plane. That plane was given to a group going to Mexico. Once we finally had a crew to fly, the plane that we were supposed to take had some problems. The flight was again delayed while the plane had to undergo some maintenance.

    Well, we are finally back home and still recuperating from all of that traveling and the joy of seeing loved ones during this season. It is time to get back to work on the site and of course working with my kiln and sharing information with everyone.

    Tips and Tricks

    When testing for glass compatibility heat a small amount of each glass and pull them apart into a thin rod. If the glass is not compatible the rod will not be straight. If really incompatible the rod will break when cool.

    Additions to the Site

    12/05/08 – Cellophane Wrapped Candy – Use this cellophane wrapped candy to make fabulous pins for your loved ones, or make a few and fuse them into other pieces as embellishments.

    12/07/08 – Christmas Drum – An adorable Christmas drum will absolutely assist you in getting into the holiday season.

    12/08/08 – Christmas Elf Legs – One of everyone’s favorite designs this year. These elf legs are sure to make everyone smile.

    12/09/08 – Christmas Penguin – A black and white penguin pattern for the holiday season. It can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your desired look.

    12/10/08 – Dove of Peace – A very recognizable symbol of peace, this dove of peace design symbolizes the hope of harmony and tranquility throughout the world.

    12/11/08 – Fuzzy Mitten – Although glass can’t be fuzzy with it’s smooth texture, you can add some frit to implicate the presence of fuzz on this pattern.

    12/12/08 – Holiday Lights – Holiday lights pattern that can be made humorous by adding a smiling face, or simple made in any of your favorite holiday colors.

    12/15/08 – Winter Ice Skates – Winter and ice skates seem to go hand in hand during the winter season. A design to depict the winter season everywhere.

    12/17/08 – Santa Claus Hat – A cherry red Santa hat with a white cuff and pompom. Adjust it to any size and shape desired for your particular project.

    12/19/08 – Santa Pants – A Santa pants design that has a very basic design.

    01/14/09 – New Years Day Projects – This page will now house all the New Year’s Day patterns that will be added each year.

    01/16/09 – Champaign Bottle – A fully detailed champaign bottle, even down to the labels. This is a very quick and simple pattern and the newest addition to the New Year’s Day Projects page.

    01/19/09 – Broken Heart – Have you ever had a broken heart? This pattern is designed to depict a broken heart that is patched with a small bandage.

    01/21/09 – Dangling Valentine Hearts – Three Valentine hearts dangle gracefully from a white banner. This design does involve drilling holes in the pieces after firing and attaching them with jump rings.

    Product Review

    NO Days Glass Fusing Adhesive Squares - These adhesive squares are new to the glass fusing market. They are used to help arrange the glass layers before fusing them inside the kiln. It does require that you use a heat gun or embossing tool.

  • Simply place the squares on the bottom layer of glass and place the top layer on top of the squares.
  • Use a heating tool on the glass to assist the square of adhesive to melt.
  • Allow the glass to cool.
  • Fuse the pieces inside a kiln.
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