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Issue #73 - Silk Screen Butterfly
August 25, 2014
Hot Out of the Kiln
Good bye summer, with your torrid days and sweaty nights.
I am more of a winter child, and am looking forward to chilly days, nippy breezes, holidays and all the exciting things that the fall and winter have to offer.
I received the Colorline enamel paints in the mail and decided to try them out with some Martha Stewart silk screens that I had purchased.
First I used a toothpick and made a line of each color on a piece of glass, then fused it in the kiln to see how they would fire.
This sample piece will be kept with the bottles as a reference piece.
I also took a class on the GlassPatterns website.
I have never taken a class with them before, and since I was interested in learning about the technique that Kent Lauer teaches, I decided to sign-up for the session.
After some technical issues the class final started about 20 minutes late.
He showed a lot of video describing his techniques and I for one was a little disappointed because I thought that he would show us a live version of doing the process, but that might have taken more than the 2 hour allotted time frame.
He freely answered all of our questions and supplied enough information so that we could attempt the method.
If you are interested in learning his “Faceted Dichroic Glass” technique, I would suggest taking a class with him.
He teaches at the Glass Expo in Las Vegas and sometimes at Coatings by Sandberg.
Private lessons are also available in Los Angeles, but they are extremely expensive.
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Table of Contents
Dichroic Fall Necklaceby Connie Brown
Large pieces of jewelry are so popular right now, and this piece nails that fad. This is an extremely easy project, although it looks like it would take a lot more time and effort to achieve this elegant look.
Coldworking Glassby Dennis Brady
Dennis always has some extremely helpful information to share. In this particular article he shows us all the ins-and-outs of coldworking glass.
Window Glass Plateby Filika Cam
Filika shows us how she colors window glass to create an adorable Mexico plate.
Stenciled Leaf Fused Dichroic Glass Pendantby Gaege Rivera
Gaege demonstrates his technique for using some leaves, dichroic glass and a kiln to create this gorgeous fused glass pendant.
Freeze and Fuse Fall Leavesby Kaitlyn McMahon
The freeze and fuse process is so versital and easy. Kaitlyn displays her method for composing some colorful fall leaves and then turning them into wearable artwork.
Ghost Leaf Pendantby Richard Wood
Combining nature and glass, Richard explains the simple technique of producing a ghost leaf pattern. This is another quick and simple project for the fall season.
Leaf Bowlby Tiffany Parham
Don't want to pay those high prices for a mold? Tiffany reveals how she used a Kaiser Lee as a mold for this stylish and vibrant leaf bowl.
Gold Leaf Painted Cabochonby Tiffany Pineiro
Using Unique Glass Colors to design this cabochon, Tiffany explains how simple the process can be with the right paints.
Frit Lace Treeby Tracie McElroy
Much like creating the popular coral bowls, this frit lace tree takes it to another level. Follow along as Tracie describes her steps.
Tips and TricksReaders 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.
Crash Cooling - Also known as flash venting. What are the guidelines for this process?
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Silk Screen Butterfly
A unique and colorful silk screen butterfly can make quite a statement piece.
This piece was designed using a Martha Stewart silk screening stencils.
These are a lot like other types of stencils, with a sticky back and come in various designs.
I have been wanting to try screen printing for quite a while and these silk screening stencils make that an easy process.
I purchased them from Etsy, Ebay and Amazon.
Select color of fusible glass and cut to desired size.
Clean glass and dry with lint free towel.
Determine which design you want to use, cut it out and remove it from the backing.
Place silkscreen stencil on glass and burnish to assure that the paint doesn’t move under the design.
Squeeze some of the Colorline paint on the top of the design and using the squeegee pull the paint over the image.
Check to be sure that all of the image is covered with the paint.
The squeegee can be used to move the paint around getting all of the image covered in the process.
Once you are satisfied that all of the image has a coating of the paint, remove the stencil by lifting the edges.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Place the glass on a prepared kiln shelf and then into the kiln.
Fire to a full fuse using your firing schedule.
I generally fire at about 300 degrees F to 1000 degrees F and hold for about 10 minutes to allow the glass to even out in temperature, then go as fast as possible to about 1450 degrees F hold for about 10 minutes, then anneal.
Bring to room temperature before opening the kiln lid.
I then used a DecoColor paint marker to draw around the image.
Using the glass saw, I cut out the design and cleaned it thoroughly with soap and water.
The piece was then put back inside the kiln and fired to do a fire polish at about 1325 degrees F.
It was taken up slowly again as the mass was now thicker.
Anneal and bring to room temperature.
I used a rubber tube as my bail, because I did not want to distract from the fused glass butterfly.
I cut the rubber tube a little shorter than the glass piece and then cut the tube in half on the length side.
The cut tube was adhered to the glass using super glue.
A purchased chain and closure was then added and the silk screen butterfly cabochon was ready to wear.
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Colorline Paints & Pens
Colorline paints are enamel paints that can be used to embellish or enhance fused glass.
They come in a range of bright colors and can be purchased in squeeze bottles.
The firing range for these paints is from 1300°F – 1510°F (700°C to 820°C).
They are lead-free, mixable and have a water based medium.
The colors are: aquamarine, green, royal blue, blue, Egyptian blue, deep sky blue, yellow, lemon, black, brown, maroon, sienna, mustard, orange, carmine, coral, lilac, white, moss green, peach cream, grey, red, mineral green, midnight blue, bright orange, lime green gold, bronze, silver pearl, and copper.
They can be purchased individually or in a set.
The Basic Set, which included 18 bottles is about $345 and the individual bottles range from $19.50 to $23.75.
These enamels can be purchased on-line through Bullseye.
Much like Glassline paints, they come in a squeeze bottle and various sized tips can be attached to adjust the flow of the paint.
I have only used them on a couple of projects so far, and I like the way they flow and fire.
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