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Issue #046 - Cold Combing Glass
June 30, 2012

Hot Out of the Kiln

June 30, 2012

Well, today I am really feeling the heat of summer, or maybe I have just overdone my work load.

Writing and editing is still in progress for the new magazine. We are still waiting for a few more authors to turn in their work, but as of this writing we have the following authors and articles:

  • Anne Nye Glass – What Makes Your Socks Roll Up and Down
  • Arnold Paragon – Controlled Cooling
  • Brenda Biberdorf – Foil Inclusion
  • Connie Brown – Pebeo Vitrea Cabachon
  • Gil Reynolds – Making Flow Bars
  • Lynne Rae Eaton - Spice Up Your Fusing Pieces
  • Linda Stider – Mica Magic
  • Pat Savage – Creating a Glass Mask
  • Once everything is in place, and the editing is complete, it will just be a matter of putting everything together and uploading the information.

    If you would like to have an article included in an upcoming issue, please contact us. We are looking for some creative projects to share with the readers. Share your creative projects and tips! We really want this magazine to be exciting with some fun and interesting items to intrigue the readers.

    I just finished a fun project with some of my grandkids and might even include an article about the experience in one of the magazines.

    Until next month…keep it hot!


    1. Feature Article

    2. Quote of the Month

    3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

    4. Reader Question

    5. Reader Responses

    6. Tips and Tricks

    7. Share the Site

    8. What's New

    9. Product Review

    Cold Combing Glass

    Cold combing glass will give glass the appearance of hot combing without all the drama of sticking your hands inside a torrid kiln.

    Glass combing reminds me of finger painting, but without getting your fingers messy.

    Liquid mediums like Aloe Vera Gel or Liquid Stringer can be added to powder glass to make a mixture or you can simply use some Glassline paints.

    Once you have your liquid mixed together, start drawing on your blank piece of glass.

    I like to make lines of various colors to give a rainbow appearance.

    Use a toothpick or any other pointed object to drag each color up and down through the other colors.

    Be creative and make some squiggly lines or swirls.

    Once you achieve a look that you like, allow the liquid to dry completely before firing inside the kiln.

    Prepare the kiln shelf with kiln paper or kiln wash and place the dry glass on top of the shelf.

    Depending on your individual kiln, fire the piece to a temperature of about 1350 degrees Fahrenheit for a rough texture, or to about 1450 degrees Fahrenheit for a smoother finish.

    Bring glass to the annealing temperature and hold for about an hour.

    Cool kiln to room temperature before removing the finished product.

    “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” – Einstein

    Have you been wanting to learn the hot craft of glass fusing, but don't know where to begin?

    Whether you enjoy watching movies to learn the techniques, or having a book to refer to as you learn, these learning tools will assist you in your progress.

    If you don't have access to glass fusing classes, or want to learn some of the techniques that are not generally taught at these instructional settings, look no further.

    I am trying to add new and exciting information all the time, and these learning materials are the newest items added to the site to help others learn glass fusing procedures.

    TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.

    If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.

    It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.

    It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.

    Beginner Glass Fusing Class – Chapters: 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, The Final Fused Project


  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class DVD
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class Book
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class E-Book
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class Downloadable Movie

  • Beyond the Basics – Chapters: Reading a Chart, Molds, Fused Tile, Business Card Holder, Glass Stand, Comb Honey, Coral Bowl, Fused Barrette, Glass Donut, Pre-cut Pieces, Painting on Glass with Glass, Sifting Frit onto Glass, Soap Dish, Fused Glass Dots, Drilling a Hole, Glass Powder Wafer, Sifting into a Stencil, Stringer Project, and Powder and Frit.


  • Beyond the Basics DVD
  • Beyond the Basics Book
  • Beyond the Basics E-Book
  • Beyond the Basics Downloadable Movie

  • Intermediate - Chapters: Embellishments, Glass Workshop, Broken Art Glass, Casting Glass, Cold Combing, Copper Mesh Method, Crackle Technique, Etching Glass, Fused Glass Frame, Marble Glass Art, Fused Glass Lace, Fusing Photo Paper, Fused Wind Chimes, Glass Clay, Puffy Glass, Rubber Stamping on Glass, Slumping Bottles, Stringer Bowl


  • Intermediate Glass Fusing DVD
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing E-Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing downloadable movie
  • Miscellaneous

    How to Make Dichroic Glass Art – Chapters: Definition of Dichroic, History of Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Side of Glass, Colors and What Do they Mean, Crinkled Dichroic, Dichro Slide, Dichroic Coated Copper Foil, To Cap or Not to Cap, Etching Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Donut, Making Simple, Elegant Cabochons, Getting Creative, Shaping Cabochons, Dichroic Cabochon Finishing, Wrapping it Up.


  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art DVD
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art Book
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art E-Book
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art Downloadable Movie
  • Clay Glass – Chapters: Introduction, Safety, GlasClay, Steider Studios Glass Medium, Homemade Clay, Preparing and Mixing, Firing, Enclosed Dichroic Cabochon, Frosting Tube Method, Pressing into Molds, Freeze and Fuse, Cutting Tools Method, Glass Ring, Making Lines, Stamping, Free Form Designs


  • Clay Glass DVD
  • Clay Glass Book
  • Clay Glass E-Book
  • Clay Glass Downloadable Movie

  • Reader Question From Last Month


    I am planning to purchase a kiln. Although I am a beginner who has not developed a style or worked on many different items (I've taken several classes), I want to leave my options open by purchasing a kiln that will allow me to do pot melts and taking. I thought that a clamshell would make it easier for me to work with the glass, but maybe that is a misconception. Could you please give me your opinion? Thank you so much!


    Reader Responses


    I had a few responses to last month’s e-zine.


    Hi Connie -- and thank you for your always informative newsletter!

    In the latest newsletter, Fran sent you a question about clamshell kilns. I purchased a clamshell last year and I LOVE it. I have found it much easier to work the glass on the kiln shelf, getting everything "just right" before starting the kiln. I've had no problems with it at all, though as always, I have to be gentle around the firebrick. The kiln has worked out so well, that my local glass studio has now purchased several for class use!

    That's my two cents; please feel free to share this with Fran. :o)





    You used the term PMC ... that is a product name. Try using the term Metal Clay. There are quite a few companies that produce and sell metal clay: copper, silver, steel, bronze, white bronze, etc.

    Hope you don't mind my comment for I am an Art Clay Silver Master Instructor who features glass in my rings.




    Thanks for your responses! Responses help others in finding answers to their fusing questions. Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thanks!

    When the blade on your ring saw starts to get dull, try removing it from the saw, turn it 180 degrees and place it back into the unit.

    Clicking on the "Share this page" button at the bottom of your favorite pages will enable you to come back to your preferred pages and help others find interesting and exciting information.

    Please help share the site with others!


  • Delphi Glass Videos - How to videos to assist you in learning various techniques.

  • Kaiser Glass Designs Class - 5 Day Intensive Class - July 9-13 - Greensboro, NC

  • Patty Gray Workshop - AAE Glass is hosting Patty Gray from October 7-10. The class is four days long and is titled "Advanced Fusing Techniques". The cost is $695.00.

  • Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 The Toledo Museum of Art is holding workshops from June 14-September 9. They are located in Toledo, OH.

  • Corning Glass Museum: The 90 Minute Tour - Read as the author shares her visit to the Corning Glass Museum.

  • Corning Glass Museum of Glass Classes - The Corning Museum of Glass is located at 1 Museum Way, Corning NY 14830.

    Bullseye Classes

  • First Glass Fusing Class - July 11 - Sante Fe
  • Painting with Glass - July 13-16 - Portland
  • Basic Kilnformed Pattern Bars - July 13-16 - Bay Area
  • Pate de Verre, Methods to Form By - July 17-21 - Sante Fe
  • Collected Images and Powder Printing - July 19-23 - Portland
  • Image Transfers Intensive - July 19-22 - Bay Area
  • Finding Form - July 23-27 - Portland
  • First Glass Fusing Class - July 25 - Portland
  • First Glass Fusing Class - July 25 - Bay Area
  • Image Transfers Intensive - July 27-30 - Portland

  • Sonoran Glass - Located in Tucson, AZ, Sonora Glass offers warm glass classes monthly for an extremely reasonable price.

  • Clay and Glass - Fused Bling - The Fire, located in Appleton, WI is offering this one day class on July 19. The cost is only $30.00.

    Glass Games 2012

    Between the dates of June 1 and September 30, there will be more than 70 exhibitions, fairs, workshops and have-a-go sessions at venues throughout the UK. For more information check out their website

    Do you have an upcoming event that you would like to share with our readers? Drop us a line and we will try to include it in the e-zine for next month.


    Millefiori comes in such a rainbow of colors and assortments. These colorful pieces can add interest to a piece of glass. They generally come in round shapes, but now Delphi Glass has them in square shapes, which widens the variety of applications.

    I have not used them a lot in my fusing projects, but did have fun with them when I entered a contest last year through Art Fire. I placed them on a Gecko pattern to indicate the toes, eyes and scales on the animal.

    Since these are thicker pieces of glass, be sure to take your project up slowly and hold at about 1000 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes to allow the glass to even out in temperature before continuing to your final firing temperature.

    Use Millefiori to enhance and embellish some of your fused glass.

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    Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I would love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think!

    See you next month…

    Glass Fusing Made Easy

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