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Issue #70 - Etched UGC Pendant
May 31, 2014

Hot Out of the Kiln

May 2014

Summer is so close you can almost feel the sweltering breezes and smell the fragrant bar-b-ques.

I have signed up for a couple of classes and am looking forward to the freedom of not babysitting.

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Summer 2014

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Letter from the Editor

by Connie Brown

Table of Contents


Slab Flow

by Connie Brown

Connie explains the steps taked to create a slab flow dish while taking a class in Eagle Rock, California. She provides step-by-step directions and firing schedules used for this process.

Weaving Glass

by Dennis Brady

Dennis is back again with some helpful instructions for designing several intricate weaved glass plates. Follow along as he demonstrates each phase to achieve the knotty look of woven glass.

Tiny Glass Component

by Emily Johnson Pezzuich

Emily demonstrates that working small isn't particularly difficult, and offers a lot of benefits. You can work with scrap and other ready-made or easy-to-make components, you don't need much space to work, and they don't weigh much or take up a lot of space to store.

Glass Expo 2014

Have you always wondered what transpires at the Glass Expo in Las Vegas, NV? Carrie Strope Sohayda has provide some colorful images and readers have left comments on their experiences.

Pot Melt

by Judith Garnet

Pot Melt is a glass fusing technique that produces a uniquely colored glass disk. Judith does this by melting pieces of glass with the same COE in a particular manner.


by Juliet Hernandez

Draping glass is one method for crafting a unique glass project with your kiln. Juliet shows how this project can be accomplished inside a kiln.

Cast Away

by Lisa Vogt

Cast glass is fascinating. Read along as Lisa explains her process for casting glass. Her approach is different from straightforward glass fusing.

Peep Hole

by Richard Wood

A peep hole is a very valuable part on your glass fusing kiln. Richard takes a closer look and explains some vital information about this kiln section.

Embossing Glass

by Tracie McElroy

Embossing glass is simply placing a design into your piece of fused glass, while it is still hot. With the help of an embossing stamp, Tracie will show us how to transform a simple piece of fused glass into pendants, bracelets, or broaches, among other things.

Tips and Tricks

Readers have shared some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.

Trouble Shooting

Morton System - The Morton System makes up an integrated system of tools that help you cut glass more easily and safely. Some cuts in fact would be almost impossible to make using other equipment.

Reader Comments

What's New

Glass Fusing Supplies

Advertisers'/Contributors' Index

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

Etched UGC Pendant

In this etched UGC pendant, I am using metallic paints from Unique Glass Colors.

I did a product review of these paints in the December 2013 issue of the e-zine.

UGC (Unique Glass Colors) refers to these particular shades as their Accent line.

Material List

  • Black Glass
  • Glass Cutter
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Lint Free Towel
  • Unique Glass Colors Accent Paints
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Kiln
  • Kiln Washed Shelf
  • Dremel Drill with Diamond Bit
  • Clear Compatible Glass
  • Wet Tile Saw
  • Wet Belt Sander
  • The black glass was cut to 3 inches by 2 inches.

    Once cut the glass needs to be cleaned and dried.

    Shake up the paint bottles to mix the medium and metal particles.

    Using a wooden skewer, drop various colors onto the black glass and allowed them to flow into each other.

    Allow the paints to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

    Place glass inside the kiln on either a kiln washed shelf or kiln paper on the shelf.

    Fire piece to a full fuse, anneal and cool to room temperature.

    Using a Dremel drill with a diamond bit various designs are etched into the paint, exposing the black glass below.

    Clean etched glass.

    Clear compatible glass was then cut 3 inches by 2 inches, washed and dried.

    Place clear glass on top of etched glass and place inside kiln on prepared shelf.

    Slowly bring piece up to a full fuse, anneal and bring to room temperature.

    Using a wet tile saw and wet belt sander shape pendant to desired design.

    Clean and dry the glass before placing it again inside the kiln.

    Slowly bring piece up to a full fuse, anneal and bring to room temperature.

    Attach a bail, or drill a hole to attach a pinch bail.

    “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” - Edward De Bono

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    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.

    To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.

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



    I recently bought a used mold on the internet and when I got it I realized that someone had used way too much kiln wash on it. Is there any way to get it off so that the details of the mold can be seen? I've tried a stiff brush and gotten some off but not enough. Help!



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    When slumping into a mold, only slump one piece at a time. When slumping multiple pieces hot and cold spots can cause some of the pieces to not slump fully.

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  • New Classes at Bullseye

  • Delphi Glass

  • New Fusing Supplies

  • Coatings by Sandberg

  • New Dichroic Glass Products

  • Slumpy”s

  • Slumpy’s What’s New

  • Mad Craft Skills Printable Resist Sheets

    I decided that I would try the Mad Craft Skills Printable Resist Sheets.

    Purchasing the resist sheets and instructions, I had all of the needed supplies and only needed to buy a griddle.

    I had the worst time with this film warming up and sticking using the griddle.

    Either the griddle was not hot enough or it was too hot.

    They suggest you use a smooth texture dichroic glass, and since I mainly use COE 90, this might have been the main problem.

    I chose the smoothest pieces I could find, but could not get the resist to adhere to most of the glass.

    In June I am taking a class at CBS (Coatings by Sandberg) on this material, and am anxious to see how to apply and accomplish etching with this material.

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