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Issue #007 - Shelf Primer
March 29, 2009

Hot Out of the Kiln

March 29, 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. Question from Reader
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Additions to Site
7. Product Review

Feature Article - Shelf Primer

Shelf Primer is also referred to as kiln wash. One of the important supplies necessary to accomplish glass fusing, kiln wash is so inexpensive to use and lasts a long time.

Personally, I prime my shelf but also like to use shelf paper. You need to observe when the wash needs to be removed and re-applied for best results. This powder needs to be mixed with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions before using and can be stored for a long time. I like to mix up a batch in a plastic container with a screw on lid. This makes mixing a breeze, as all you have to do is shake the jar.

Some individuals like to prime their shelf with kiln wash and then sprinkle some dry powder over the shelf as an added protection.

When asked the question: “What kiln wash do you use, and why do you prefer it? What protection is the best for glass fusing?”

The census is that Bullseye is perfect for shelves and Primo is the choice for slumping molds. Bullseye can afford you several firings if not fired too hot. Primo turns to a powder after firing and doesn't "gum up" a mold.

What do you use and why? Have any hints you would like to share with everyone else? Let us know!

Quote of the Month

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

Since Last E-Zine

On the road again…my youngest daughters have gone to Hawaii and I am back in Arizona babysitting. I will be here until the end of the month, but will be back at home in April.

This month, you might notice that most of my St. Patrick’s Day projects aren’t fused quite as much as I would like. I was firing the pieces when one of my grandsons phoned and needed to be picked up. Well, you know I never leave the house with my kiln running. I turned it off and unplugged it from the wall and ran out of the house. When I returned about an hour later, I set it back up and tried to continue my firing. Well, it hadn’t cooled off very much and started going back up in temperature, and then suddenly just started dropping again. Once it had cooled off completely, I discovered that the coil had broken. It took about a week to receive the new coil, and it really wasn’t at all difficult to replace the piece.

As if that wasn’t enough going wrong for the month, my computer decided that it wanted to start acting up and would shut down periodically. It can be on for hours without any problems, and then other times it will only be on for 15 minutes and shut down. Needless to say, it is in the shop, and I had to purchase another computer in the mean time. I miss my old computer…this one is ok, but periodically it just decides that what you are typing belongs on another place on the page. I don’t know what is up with that…and I am in Arizona, so I can’t take it back until I return…it is really making it difficult to compose this e-zine. So, I hope you have had an uncomplicated month.

Questions from Readers

Last month we heard from Chris who wanted to know which glues were the best for bails. Here are some of the response we had from that inquiry:

When gluing on bails, I used Welder Glue. It is much like the E6000. It helps to rough up both surfaces, wash, then make absolutely sure they are dry before applying the glue to both surfaces. Be sure to wait for about 5-10 minutes and then press the pieces together. Don’t touch the piece for about a week; even though the glue is supposed to cure in about 24-48 hours. Cin

Hi There I have used "goop" glue for my pendants - it seems to hold well but the bail can be pried off. I think water affects the adhesive (i.e don't wear the necklace in the shower!). When I'm attaching bails I only do a few at a time as I found the adhesive dries quickly when exposed to air. I also discard the first bit out of the tube whenever I use it. I am currently using 3M Scotch-Weld Instant Adhesive which works extremely well but is expensive (at least here in Canada). Hope this helps. Krista

About sticking bails on pendants: I use E6000, which has never, ever let me down. I used to use 2 part epoxy but was let down a few times by it. The E6000 does the trick for me. Debbie

Tips and Tricks

Use a hairdryer to dry primer between coats.

Additions to the Site

03/07/09 – Green Beer – A tasty brew for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Drinking green beer is becoming a popular St. Patty’s Day past time.

03/10/09 – Festive Green Vest – Adorn a little Irish green with this adorable tiny green vest pattern. Turn these into pins for all your lads and lasses.

03/11/09 – Irish Tie – A quaint bow tie design that can be adorned for the holiday.

03/12/09 – Looney Leprechaun – You know I enjoy humorous and witty patterns and this one fits the bill. All eyes will be on this adornment.

03/16/09 – Leprechaun Door – Knock on this little woodsy leprechaun door and you might just capture a tiny leprechaun hiding behind the entrance.

03/17/09 – Leprechaun Hat – Pick which type of Leprechaun Hat pattern you want to design for the holiday. Add some scrap glass for decoration.

03/18/09 – Lucky Horse Shoe – Keep the luck of the Irish this St. Patty’s Day with this luck horse shoe shape.

03/27/09 – Shamrock Hat – A simple Leprechaun hat that is adorned with clovers and stringers.

03/28/09 – Shillelagh – This knobby wooden stick is decorated with a hat and shamrock.

03/29/09 – St Patty’s Day Pipe – A long handled pipe pattern that can enhance any outfit this St. Patrick’s Day.

Product Review - Round Box Mold

I don’t know about you, but I love looking to see what the new items are in the area of glass fusing. Delphi glass has a section just for new items and this is where I found this 3 ½ round box mold. Using these two molds, you can design and create two piece round boxes.

The mold can be filled with frit, glass powder or smaller pieces of glass. It may take several firings to accomplish a finished piece. It is a non-returnable item and takes about 3 weeks to be delivered.

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