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Issue #008 - Fused Dichroic Glass Art
April 26, 2009
Hot Out of the Kiln
April 26, 2009
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.
1. Feature Article
Feature Article - Fused Dichroic Glass ArtI have always been fascinated with fused glass art, but fused dichroic glass art really fascinated and intrigued me and was one of the main reasons I wanted to learn more about glass fusing. You can add the smallest piece of dichroic and magically the piece has been enhanced.
So, what makes up this fused dichroic glass? It is made up of many thin layers of different metal oxides, such as aluminum, chromium, gold, magnesium, silicon, silver, titanium and zirconium. These layers are vaporized in a vacuum chamber, condensing these oxides on the glass to form a crystal structure.
When purchased, you will notice that it is labeled with two colors, like blue/gold. The first color is the transmitted color and the second color is the reflected color. So, what does this really mean? The transmitted color is the one you will see if you hold it up to the light. The reflected color is the surface color or the color that the piece will be when fired. Most stores will have samples of fused pieces.
On clear pieces, it is sometimes hard to tell what side of the glass is coated. Here are a couple of methods that can help you determine which side is coated:
1. Take a tapered item, such as your finger nail or a pen and place it on the glass. If the reflection touches the item, then this is the coated side of the glass. If however there is a space between the object and it’s the reflection, then this is the non-coated side of the glass.
2. Another method is to hold the glass at a 45 degree angle. If you can see the edge of the glass through the surface then this is generally the non-coated side.
3. The two sides have a different texture. The coated side is the side that has a rougher texture.
4. You could also try using the steam from your breath on the glass. The steam will remain longer on the coated side of the glass.
5. Or try tilting the glass. If you notice a painted layer, that is the coated side of the glass.
At CBS or Coatings by Sandburg , they are always coming up with new and unique patterns of dichroic glass. From Aurora Borealis to Target Rainbow, they can be purchased by pattern or desired color.
Purchase in full sheets from them directly or acquire cut strips from your local glass store. They also offer fused glass classes that incorporate some of their newest designs and patterns.
Quote of the MonthGlass fusing fills my days not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.
Since Last E-ZineWell, I am finally home from Arizona. I received my computer back from the shop, and it has continued to act up, so it is back again. It has been a little difficult managing the web site with all these computer problems, but I am getting through it and hopefully I will get my computer back sometime soon.
This month has been all about Easter and the fusing projects and patterns. Research and fusing have taken up most of my time. Ten new patterns have been added to the Easter Project page. I hope you enjoy them. I have always enjoyed making designs and pins for all my family and friends for the different holidays.
Questions from ReadersI am just beginning to start working with glass. In other words I haven't done any projects yet and am still in the gathering materials phase and getting as much general information as I can. I did learn about the different coe for glass and how 90 and 96 aren't compatible. Is the same true for different brands/types of glass or is the rating what makes them compatible? Thank you for your help and I love the site. Super informative.
Hi there, Michelle...
You are best to stick with one brand, say Bullseye. Even if the COE is the same with other brands, there is still the chance that they will not be compatible. You want your projects to come out great and last for a long time....
What do you think? Have you tried using the same COE glass that is manufactured by different companies, and if so, how did your pieces come out. I would love to hear your responses on this question. Thanks!
Tips and TricksPurchase dichroic glass by the pound for a better price and a variety of color and design.
Additions to the Site04/07/09 – Chick And Egg – A tiny chick breaking free of his egg shell and emerging into the world.
04/08/09 – Chocolate Bunny – What basket would be complete without the statuary milk chocolate bunny? Now you can make this design to either be fused into other pieces, or worn on a favorite Easter outfit.
04/09/09 – Easter Basket Craft – This minute Easter Basket can be very fun to make and design. Tiny fragments of glass can be used to enhance the appearance.
04/10/09 – Easter Bonnet – It is Spring and time to adorn your favorite Easter Bonnet. This particular pattern involves using three circles to produce the illusion of a ribbon around the rim of the hat.
04/13/09 – Easter Chicks – An adorable egg shaped chick that is sure to be a favorite.
04/11/09 – Funny Bunny – Large protruding teeth make this funny bunny design a delight to view.
04/14/09 – Carrot Craft – An extremely basic carrot pattern. Use stringers or Glassline paints to add details to the design.
04/15/09 – Lilium Longiflorum – My favorite this year is the Lilium Longiflorum, or Easter Lily pattern. This is a close up of the petals of this elegant flour.
04/20/09 – Marshmallow Peeps – Talk about simple. It can’t get any easier than this basic marshmallow peeps pattern.
04/23/09 – Rabbit Face – Basically, just as the title describes, this is just a rabbit face that can be made in any bunny color desired.
Product Review - Crinkled Dichroic Glass
Well, CBS has done it again. They have come out with a new type of dichroic glass, called Crinkled Dichroic Glass. When purchased this glass doesn’t look like anything special, but wait until you fuse it…oh my! It wrinkles and crinkles all over the place.
It doesn’t all crinkle the same, as you can see in the sample above. Some colors have more subtle crinkles, while other colors have a multitude of wrinkles. Also it is found that the higher the temperature you take this glass, the more creases you achieve.
If left uncapped the glass is actually textured with these sharp edges, and it is absolutely stunning when capped with clear glass. Of course I had to purchase some and will be including it in some of my May projects.
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