New to the fusing market is a product called GlasClay. Claymania Art Clay, Inc. is the manufacture of this new dry powder substance that can be turned into glass clay.
It is sold in packages with small vials of the powder that can be purchased in COE 90 or COE 96. These are like sample packs to introduce the medium. The vials contain about 10-12 grams each for a total of about one pound in weight. I am told that they sell larger packages, but as of yet haven’t found out where to purchase it is larger quantities.
Each package contains 12 individual tubes of color and a sponge. The sponge is about the size of the plastic box. There is no indication as to what this green sponge is to be used for in the instructions.
Although the colors look light and springy in color, when fired they become very dark. This does not make for appealing colors in my opinion. The colors in my package consist of:
Cornflower Blue Opal
Deep Cobalt Blue Opal
Shaded Lemon Opal
The instructions are quite simple.
Wearing a NIOSH approved respirator, mix the powder with a little distilled water until you achieve the consistency you desire. It can also be mixed by spraying the dry clay with some distilled water and mixing. You can use tap water to mix the glass clay, but any minerals in your water might alter the color.
Use a plastic or metal object to stir the powder. Avoid using any wood. I mixed mine until it had the consistency of play doh.
Coat hands with a little olive oil and kneed the clay a few times. This maneuver will condition and mix the clay.
Place in an air tight container and refrigerate overnight. This will allow the glass to relax.
Once it has set up and relaxed overnight, take the clay out and roll it with a clay roller. This should be done on wax paper or a silicon sheet. Coat roller and mat with a little olive oil to prevent sticking.
Now it is ready for your procedures.
The clay can be molded into any shape, carved, cut or pressed into molds.
Allow the clay to air dry for a couple of days, rotating it so that air can reach the various areas, or place in a food dehydrator. Dry the clay completely before firing.
This powder can also be made into slip. This is a thinner consistency that can be used to attach pieces, or like any other clay it can also be used to make intricate designs on the project.
When firing, they suggest that you do a test sample first, but there is not enough material in these vials to really do a test run. They suggest that you fire low with short hold times.
Purchase the GlasClay from Delphi Glass. Be sure to purchase the GlasClay in the COE of glass that coincides with your other fusing projects.
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