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Issue #023 - Glass Clay
July 31, 2010

Hot Out of the Kiln

July 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. Product Review

Feature Article - Clay

This month the topic has been all about clay. Some of the newest pages provide information about the various techniques of how to make clay. They also including videos to show you some of the processes you can attempt with this material.

Glass clay is not a new technique in glass fusing, but there are some new products on the market to assist you in incorporating this medium into your fused glass projects. From a new product just introduced called GlasClay to a new medium you can use as a binder with your glass powder named Steider Studios Glass Medium. There is also the tried and proven technique of using CMC or liquid stringer. I also chose to try Aloe Vera as a binder to making some clay.

I found that the GlasClay tubes are extremely small and only give you a sampling of mixing and making this material. I used it to press into plastic candy molds, froze them and then popped them out of the molds in about an hour. Once fired the material didn’t have a smooth texture, in fact it had the appearance and consistency of textured rocks. Because the amount in the tubes is very small you don’t have much room or choice in making larger items.

Next I moved on to mixing and trying the Steider Studios Glass Medium. I chose to use distilled water with the powder as I don’t know what chemicals are in my water and didn’t want them to alter the color of my glass. Because I didn’t use normal tap water the material took over 2 days to set up and become usable. If using tap water, I am told that it only takes from 30-60 minutes to set up.

I tried a polymer clay technique on this clay. Making circles and then flattening them out on waxed paper. These were then curled and overlapped to make a rose. Using green clay, I used some metal frosting cutters to cut out some leaves. A toothpick was then used to make veins in the leaves. The pieces were placed on paper towels after they had set up for a while, and then dried in my new dehydrator. Once the objects dried they were placed into the kiln and fired. They had a smooth glossy texture and I was quite pleased with the results.

The final medium I used was Aloe Vera. It is available at your local drug store or 99 cent store. Just a few squirts from the bottle on to some glass powder and mix. For this mixture, I decided to use a frosting kit that I had purchased. I made the clay a little thinner, about the consistency of frosting. Placing it into a frosting bag with a tip, I traced patterns onto plastic. Much like the Steider Studios Glass Medium, the final pieces were glossy and smooth.

Remember when using glass powder to follow all the safety practices. You should always wear your protective respirator, don’t eat or drink around the material, and wash your hands when you are finished.

To purchase the GlasClay, check out Delphi Glass. If you want to try the Steider Studios Medium, it can be purchased from Steider Studios.

Quote of the Month

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." – Aristotle

Since Last E-Zine

As you all know I have been running back and forth from California to Arizona to tape my youngest daughter in my Beginner Glass Fusing Class video. She is quite a trooper! You can see her here studying her lines.

There were segments we fully taped only to find out that we had forgotten to turn on the microphone, or just about through the taping and the dogs outside would start barking. It was a long process, but really worth all the sweat and tears. It is dang hot in Arizona and to avoid hearing the air conditioner on the tape, we had to turn it off during filming…oh, and she was standing in front of these large hot lights.

Once the filming was complete, she did enjoy helping me edit the final product. She picked out the music and stayed up until all hours of the morning working on the piece. Like I said…she is quite a trooper!

Well, it is finally up on the site ! Take a look at the page…I would love to hear your feedback! If you have suggestions on promoting this DVD, please let me know! Thanks!

I am planning on making some other how-to-do videos in the future, but this one will have to do for now. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on items you would like to see on the upcoming DVDs.

Reader Question

Marie writes:

Hi Connie

From looking at the pictures of the flowers made with glass clay on delphi site, it seems to me that there is a small amount of clay in it, because it is very opaque for one.....i work in clay for 20 years. A little bit of smooth low fire clay mixed with a lot of glass frit to a paste consistency.., What do u think..?

Connie writes:

Marie... Wow, you and I must be on the same wave I am in the process of trying out different glass clays. I purchased the new ones from Delphiglass and have tried could also purchase some medium from Steider Studios, or try using some Liquid Stringer to mix with the glass...I am going to try making some with Aloe Vera and see how that comes out...I have some pieces in the kiln at the moment firing.

Tips and Tricks

When adding silver clay around a cabochon don’t use a torch to fire the silver clay. The glass won’t take the sudden heat. Use a kiln and fire low for a longer time.

Additions to the Site

07/11/10 – Glass Frit Blends

07/12/10 – Flower of Hawaii

07/16/10 – Octopus

07/18/10 – Glass Clay

07/19/10 – Beginner Glass Fusing Class

07/24/10 – GlasClay

07/27/10 – Steider Studios Glass Medium

07/28/10 – How to Make Clay

Product Review - Beginner Glass Fusing Class DVD

Ok, so this month I am plugging my own product. Never thought I would see this day…yeah! I think it is a little cheesy to plug my own product, but I do want you to know all the information that is on this DVD.

"Fresh Out of the Can" as they say is my new Beginner Glass Fusing Class DVD . There are 18 chapters on the film. The DVD is filled with everything possible to get you started in your glass fusing adventure. It includes all the information you would received when taking a beginner glass fusing class, and also shows you how to use your kiln.

The first chapter is the introduction, which you can also see on the web site. The other chapters include: Glass Types and COE, Glass Phases, Thermal Shock, 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, Devitrification, Annealing, Quarter Inch Rule, Glass Assembly, Safety, Kiln Types, Basic Supplies, Preparing the Kiln, Preparing the Kiln Shelf, Cutting Glass, Designing Glass, Firing Glass, and The Final Fused Project.

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