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Issue #017 - Stamping On Glass
January 31, 2010

Hot Out of the Kiln

January 31, 2010


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. What's New

Feature Article - Stamping on Glass

Stamping on glass gives you the opportunity to add a design if your painting skills aren’t as great as you would like, or you have a pattern in mind and you want to duplicate the results. Rubber stamping on glass offers the solution to these situations.

Glass paints, enamels, mica, Pearl Ex powders and other materials can be added to glass in a defined pattern. This can be accomplished by using a medium, rubber stamp and then sprinkling or sifting on the preferred product.

Stamps can be purchased at your local craft store, or purchased on line. Remember if you are selling your artwork that copy writes can come in to play if you are using a purchased stamp. You can however design your own pattern and have a stamp made with this design.

Some of the mediums used for stamping are: Perfect Medium, Elmer’s glue, Stamping Medium, an embossing pad, and Reusche paints. You can either press the stamp into a pad, use a brush to apply the liquid, or use a roller to roll the material over the stamp.

Wait until the area is completely dry, then use a soft brush to brush away the excess, or vertically knock the piece onto a paper placed on a table so that only the image has the material on it. Fire according to the firing temperature of the paint or other material you have used. Find out the maturing temperatures of the material so that you can achieve the best results.

Quote of the Month

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since Last E-Zine

I really enjoyed doing the page on the coral bowl. I don’t think I told you that this was another pattern that had been requested by an individual on a forum that I visit from time to time. No one would give her directions. Someone told her that although we see pieces that we adore and we would love to make them ourselves, the designers aren’t willing to share their secrets. It takes a lot of time, thought, energy, work, trials and testing to making a new design. We need to respect this and not expect to receive instructions from this individual. She did say that she hoped she wasn’t discouraging anyone from asking for directions, thoughts, ideas and even tutorials, but sometimes the answer we get is "No, sorry, not ready to share just yet."

So, I decided that I would make one and post the instructions for others who would like to try something like this. It really wasn’t that hard to see how the design was created, or to recreate because each one is unique. After making the page, I sent the demo bowl to my daughter’s boss. He is a wonderful person who really appreciates art and I thought it would be fun for him to have a piece that he could actually see being created on the web site.

I have been back at fine-tuning the site again. This is not one of my favorite things to do…lol. I enjoy getting into the kiln and actually making some pieces and upgrading the site takes a lot of time and thought. So, next month will be great for me, because I will be doing some Valentine’s Day projects.

Reader Question

Glenn writes:

Hi Connie,

I have been working in Boro for a number of years and I have recently started doing a little work in fusing. I am making flat lily pads and I have purchased a toad mold. My question is what is the best way to remove mold release from the toad after it comes out of the mold? I always have some residue on the piece and I have tried soaking in water and scrapping with a razor blade. The blade works but it is difficult to get it all and takes a lot of work to get it looking even decently. Thanks


Connie writes:

Hi Glenn...

Have you tried soaking it in vinegar? Works great!


Glenn writes:


Thanks for the tip. I had not tried vinegar but went ahead and tried it and it does work!

Tips and Tricks

Check out the local hardware and craft store for supplies and tools.

Additions to the Site

01/03/10 – Coral Bowl

01/05/10 – Glass Blank

01/09/10 – Burnout

01/11/10 – Removing Bead Release

01/18/10 – Chap Stick

01/24/10 – Fine Silver Wire

01/26/10 – Glass Rods

01/27/10 – Mandrel

01/28/10 – Reaching Tongs

01/29/10 – Kemper Fluid Writer Pen

What's New - Glass Stamping Medium

Since we are talking about stamping this month, check out this great stamping medium. Fusion Headquarters is offering this medium for sale. It comes in a 30 ml bottle for only $14.95.

This product was developed by a master glass painter, Linda Scott. It is an oil based medium that works fantastic for all the fine details on some of those rubber stamps. It also comes with complete instructions and can be cleaned up with some “Goop” hand soap.

If you are planning on trying the stamping technique, then check out the Glass Stamping Medium from Fusion Headquarters.

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