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Issue #93 - Bullseye Alchemy Clear
April 30, 2016
Hot Out of the Kiln
I have been working on a few projects lately, and experimenting with some new glass from Bullseye.
The newest Bullseye Resource Center opened in South Pasadena, California, and I went to visit on the first day they were open.
Although they were still in the process of setting up, I found their supplies were fantastic, and they had a lot of sample projects out for viewing.
One of the projects I have been working on included Bullseye's newest glass, called Bullseye Alchemy Clear.
There are two different versions; one changes from clear to copper and the other one shifts from clear to gold.
They are reactive glasses that when exposed to silver make this dramatic transformation.
I have also been speaking to Dana at Coatings by Sandberg and they have come out with a powder that glows in the dark.
In conjunction with another company they have also developed some glow in the dark decals.
Both of these products have me intrigued and I plan on doing some projects to see how they come out.
I was thinking it would be cool to do a cabochon that would glow in the dark.
This might be quite a conversation piece at some dinner parties.
I have also been working on the Summer 2016 publication of the magazine, and it should be coming out at the end of May.
The Spring issue of the e-magazine is currently available on the Fused Glass Projects website.
Click here for further information.
Until next month…keep it hot!
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
Bullseye Alchemy Clear
Bullseye Alchemy clear is a new glass from Bullseye.
This unique glass reacts to silver and changes to either copper or silver, depending on the glass used.
The sheets can be purchased in various dimensions.
I purchased a piece that was about 10 inches by 10 inches.
The glass has a slight tint, and it is a little hard to determine which piece is which, so be sure to either write on the glass or keep the sticker in place for reference.
I have a book of the pure silver, and of course some left over scraps from previous projects, so I decided to use the scraps for this project.
I began by cutting my glass, since I had previously done a project, I used the odd shaped strips that were about 10 inches by 2 inches, and cut them in half.
I cleaned the glass dried it before beginning.
Next, the kiln shelf was covered with a piece of kiln paper that was slightly larger than my project.
Placing down one piece of the Bullseye Alchemy Clear – Silver to Gold, I then butted a piece of the Bullseye Alchemy Clear – Silver to Bronze. These were placed with the cut edges together, meeting in the middle.
Scraps of the pure silver foil were then scattered over the glass.
The final step was to place the Bullseye Alchemy Clear – Silver to Bronze on top of the Bullseye Alchemy Clear - Silver to Gold, and then the other piece of the Bullseye Alchemy Clear – Silver to Gold on top of the Bullseye Alchemy Clear – Silver to Bronze.
Make sure that one of these top layers is overlapping so that the glass will mold together.
The piece was then fired inside the kiln to a full fuse.
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Coatings by Sandberg
Bullseye Alchemy Clear
Bullseye has two new types of glass that react to pure silver; Silver to Gold and Silver to Bronze.
I have tried both in a couple of projects and they do change, but I think my favorite is the Silver to Bronze.
The rich deep color is spectacular.
There is not right or wrong side of the glass.
Each side will react to the silver.
The glass needs to be covering the silver to achieve a reaction.
Bullseye does recommend an hour hold at about 1225 degrees Fahrenheit in the pre-rapid firing stage, and they suggest that the silver be near an edge for a good reaction.
Whenever using silver foil inside the kiln, keep in mind that the silver reaction can travel and potentially affect silver-sensitive glass in one or more subsequent firings.
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