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Issue #021 - Ring Of Fire
May 29, 2010

Hot Out of the Kiln

May 29, 2010

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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. Reader Question
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Additions to Site
7. Product Review

Feature Article - Ring of Fire Contest

This month we are going to talk about the Ring of Fire Contest that is being put on by Delphi and Art Fire. This is a fantastic way of having your artwork exposed and a chance to try some new items in your projects.

Delphi is hosting this competition from 04/28/10 – 06/30/10. To view more about this contest, click here. Your item or items must be submitted to Delphi Glass by the June 30th deadline. They will be announcing the winners on July 9, 2010. So get your projects in early so that you can receive votes. Tell your friends about your submission so they can vote for your piece or encourage them to submit their own projects.

I know this doesn’t give you much time to make items, but I learned about this contest from Delphiglass after the last newsletter was sent out. You might already have items that you have made using one or more of these items, and that project and that can be submitted. You don't even need to purchase your material from Delphi.

They are also offering an incentive of a 15% off coupon for any of these items. Simply use the coupon code FIRE15 during your checkout. There are 10 products listed that need to be used in your project. They don’t all have to be used in one project, but at least one of them needs to be in your submitted item.

In alphabetical order, the products are:

  • Color Slide
  • Dichroic Scrap
  • Fine Silver Wire
  • Glaz DG3 Art Gel
  • Krafty Blok
  • Metal Mesh
  • Millifiori Spring Mix
  • Mirrored Tiles
  • Pressed Flowers
  • Recycled Glass Tiles
  • Be sure you read the rules for the contest so that your project will be accepted. You can read all about the rules by clicking here.

    Quote of the Month

    "What do we live for, if not for helping each other" – George Elliot

    Since Last E-Zine

    This month I have revised the website again. The main page is now three-columns instead of two-columns. I think it looks pretty good. The rest of the site is still a two-column set up, but I changed the header and navigation bar look. This project took me several days to figure out, even though I know a little html, the css had me a little stumped. It has been a few years since I took classes and used this information so I needed to refresh the old memory.

    I received a package of the “Spring Mix Millefiori Assortment” from Delphi Glass, and used it to make a sweet gecko for my granddaughter. I didn’t realize how tiny the millefiori was until I received it in the mail. But, it was perfect for this adorable creature.

    He is about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. The Millefiori is used to decorate not only his body, but his eyes, nose and tiny teardrop toes. Since he was created using one of the “Ring of Fire” contest items, I have entered it in the contest.

    If you aren’t submitting a project, be sure to check out my two entries and vote for one of my ventures. I have submitted a Metal Mesh Pendant and a Millefiori Gecko.

    If you are a regular viewer of “Hot Out of the Kiln” then you will notice that this e-zine is being sent to you a little early this month. I am off to Hawaii tomorrow morning! Aloha!

    Reader Question

    Kathy writes:

    I am ready to try out your instructions on making boiled glass. I'm going for pendant size and will be using small pieces of glass so I don't think I'll need a dam (which is good because I don't have anything to use for one yet!) but I do have one question.....can I use shelf paper instead of kiln wash? Ordinarily I would just try it but I have not yet worked at these high temperatures and don't know if it would affect the paper. Thank you so much for everything you do!!

    Connie writes:

    Hi Kathy... You could try it, but at high temperatures the paper or the dust that was once the paper might move and get lodged in the glass...generally when firing at a high temperature it is best to use fiber board, or high temperature kiln wash...are you using bubble powder, or just taking the piece to a high temperature? The bubble powder will allow you to achieve bubbles at a lower temperature...

    Tips and Tricks

    Use hairspray to secure millefiori. Using other types of glue can sometimes cause the tiny pieces to move during the heating process.

    Additions to the Site

    05/03/10 – Cinco de Mayo

    05/04/10 – Chili Pepper

    05/09/10 – Glues

    05/11/10 – Two Part Epoxy

    05/12/10 – E6000

    05/15/10 – Unpainted Ceramic Bisque

    05/20/10 – Pizza Plate

    05/26/10 – Millefiori

    05/27/10 – Millefiori Gecko

    Product Review - Spring Mix Millefiori Assortment

    Delphi Glass has just introduced the new Spring Mix Millefiori Assortment. It comes in a 2 oz baggy that is filled to the brim with these tiny pieces. The exclusive product is COE 90, so be sure this is the type of glass you are using in your fusing project.

    If you are unfamiliar with millefiori, this is a great chance to try some out using the coupon code mentioned above. Read more about how to fuse these tiny pieces on the web site.

    The colors are a mixture of transparent, blue, red, yellow and green glass. Some have the appearance of tiny flowers, while others are made of intricate tiny designs.

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    See you next month…

    Con
    Glass Fusing Made Easy

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