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Issue #038 - River Rock
October 28, 2011
Hot Out of the Kiln
October 31, 2011
I can't believe the holidays are right around the corner. I still don't like hearing Christmas music in the stores when Halloween isn't even over yet. It makes me feel rushed for the holidays. I like taking each one individually before I even start thinking about the next one.
I am in my third week of physical therapy and the process is slow. It is hindering my work on the Intermediate movie, as I can only stand so much typing before I need to rest. Finally went to see an orthopedic doctor and received a shot of cortisone. That seemed to help a little. Next step is an MRI to find out what is happening inside my shoulder.
I did manage a little kiln work this month as I tried out the new river rock method. If you decide to try this method, share some of your results. I am sure others would love to see how you incorporate this process in your glass fusing!
I have recently found out that dvds that are made for players in the United States will not play on dvd players in Europe. I have been thinking about making the movies downloadable. Let me know if there is any interest in something like this and I will put them on the website.
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
Adding various colors of coarse frit can give you the appearance of river rocks, but not as defined as this new method by Bullseye.
Each individual stream bed pebble is unique in this new way of creating rocks.
The heat from a kiln causes the frit, which has sulfur to react with the powder, which has lead.
The reactivity of these two creates a look of rocks and small pebbles on the glass.
To see the actual write up on this creative process,
I found the frit at
Sundance Art Glass
I purchased the smallest amount of each, which came out to about $20.00 before shipping.
Base clear glass
1. Place equal portions of the French Vanilla frit (0137-01) (0137-02) (0137-03) inside the plastic container.
2. Using the spray bottle with water, lightly spray the frit so that it is damp.
3. Close container with lid and shake container to distribute the water.
4. Sprinkle a light coating of the Sunset Coral powder over the damp frit. Use only about 5% coral powder to the amount of French Vanilla.
5. Close container with lid and shake again to spread the powder.
6. Spread out the coated frit onto the clear base glass.
7. Allow the piece to dry.
This is the firing schedule provided by Bullseye:
Rate Temperature Hold
1 400°F (222°C) 1000°F (538°C) :30
2 600°F (333°C) 1500°F (816°C) :10
3 AFAP 900°F (482°C) 2:00
4 100°F (56°C) 700°F (371°C) :01
5 AFAP 70°F (21°C)
I only took my piece up to about 1350 degrees Fahrenheit, because I wanted a more tack finish on the final piece.
I loved the final look!
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.
Beginner Glass Fusing Class – Chapters: Glass Types and COE, Glass Phases, Thermal Shock, 1000 Degrees Fahrenheit, Devitrification, Annealing, Quarter Inch Rule, Glass Assembly, Safety, Kiln Types, Basic Supplies, Preparing the Kiln, Preparing the Kiln Shelf, Cutting Glass, Designing Glass, Firing Glass, The Final Fused Project
Beyond the Basics – Chapters: Reading a Chart, Molds, Fused Tile, Business Card Holder, Glass Stand, Comb Honey, Coral Bowl, Fused Barrette, Glass Donut, Pre-cut Pieces, Painting on Glass with Glass, Sifting Frit onto Glass, Soap Dish, Fused Glass Dots, Drilling a Hole, Glass Powder Wafer, Sifting into a Stencil, Stringer Project, and Powder and Frit.
Intermediate - Chapters: Embellishments, Glass Workshop, Broken Art Glass, Casting Glass, Cold Combing, Copper Mesh Method, Crackle Technique, Etching Glass, Fused Glass Frame, Marble Glass Art, Fused Glass Lace, Fusing Photo Paper, Fused Wind Chimes, Glass Clay, Puffy Glass, Rubber Stamping on Glass, Slumping Bottles, Stringer Bowl
MiscellaneousHow to Make Dichroic Glass Art – Chapters: Definition of Dichroic, History of Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Side of Glass, Colors and What Do they Mean, Crinkled Dichroic, Dichro Slide, Dichroic Coated Copper Foil, To Cap or Not to Cap, Etching Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Donut, Making Simple, Elegant Cabochons, Getting Creative, Shaping Cabochons, Dichroic Cabochon Finishing, Wrapping it Up.
Last Month’s Question
Hi - I am trying to make a pendant flat on all sides without cold working equipment. Do you think if I put the pendant upside down to fire and put a piece of fiber paper on top (which will be back of pendant) it will keep the pendant squared and flat on both sides? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated and love your site. Thank you for sharing.
Connie, I love all the information you share with us. I recently submitted a response to one of your fans that was trying to keep a fired piece from being cold worked. I recommended that glass pieces be cut as perfect as possible and put into kiln. By using the tack fuse firing schedule will allow that piece/s to fuse together but stay nice and flat and squared no need to apply shelf paper on top. Tack fusing works wonderful for keeping pieces true to form. Hope that helps Dianne.
With much thanks, Estella
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Delphi has a couple of new molds on the market. The first one featured is the folding mold. This mold is 4" x 4" x 2-1/2" high and would be fantastic to use for small fold over pendants, or business card holders.
To purchase or find out more, just click here.
Business Card Mold
You can create any type of business card using this new mold. The mold is 6-1/4" x 4-5/8" x 4" high and goes along nicely with the folding mold to produce quick and easy business cards.
Make business cards as gifts to your favorite dentist, doctor, therapist or make unique one-of-a-kind holders to sell at your winter craft shows.
For purchasing or to find out more,
Intermediate Glass Fusing E-Book
For those who want to delve into some intermediate projects, this e-book will give you instant gratification. It can be downloaded to your computer or other devises to view quickly and easily.
Click here for further information on purchasing the intermediate e-book.
If you are searching for process that are a little more complicated, it is now available. After reviewing the beginner and beyond the beginner information, you should have a good understanding of how glass moves inside the kiln. Time now to step it up and move on to more involved processes.
As the weather cools down, warm up your home with a hot kiln bursting with new projects.
Just in time for the holidays and all the gifts you want to make and give, these instructions will assist you on your adventure.
Buy it now, and create some irreplaceable gifts for all your special friends and family members.
The information begins by explaining embellishments and then describes and discusses setting up a safe work space.
Then the fun begins as the intermediate projects are displayed and discussed.
For only $24.99 you will receive the following
Step it up and soon you will be creating more advanced and interesting glass fusing projects. Read through the list of chapters and discover just how much information is packed into this new intermediate fusing book .
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