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Issue #011 - Glass Combing
August 04, 2009

Hot Out of the Kiln

July 31, 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.

In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Since Last E-zine
4. Letters From Readers
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Additions to Site
7. What's New

Feature Article - Glass Combing

Glass combing is a very invigorating kiln forming process. This combing technique can be used to create very unique pieces. Combing does involve a lot of safety procedures that must be followed to keep you and your fusing area safe. Read follow the instructions before beginning.

In this process, the glass is heat up inside a kiln until it reaches a molten stage. Wearing safety garments, the kiln is then turned off and opened. A long rake or combing tool is then used to pull or push the glass to make one-of-a-kind designs.

Glass fusing projects don’t have to be limited to just the basic combing concept. There are many ways you can incorporate this idea into other projects. After doing a few combing projects this month, my creative juices are really flowing. I am now thinking how this simple raking process can be used on my other projects.

What about making a pendent with a few dichroic pieces added and once it is molten, comb through the piece and mix up the colors. This would make a very unique and hard to duplicate piece.

It could also be used on plates or platters. Use the rake to push and pull the glass around. No two plates will ever be the same, but you can incorporate the same colors if you are trying to make matching pieces.

If there is a need to make several strokes, allow the glass to heat up again before resuming the pushing or pulling action. And turn off the kiln before opening the lid.

Quote of the Month

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw quote

Since Last E-Zine

My 11th grandson is here and I have been running back and forth from California to Arizona. He arrived on July 2, just in time for the 4th of July holiday. Unfortunately, he had to spend a few days in the hospital, but is home now. Of course he is adorable!

I have had a little time to work in the kiln this month. During my brief few days, I did some combing. Wow, that is really exciting and fun to try. It really has opened up the possibilities of things that could be done using this process. If you have tried combing and have some terrific ideas, please share them with the rest of us. Thanks!

I have also been trying to fine tune the site. I know when starting out and learning glass fusing, everything is so foreign. Since the site is dedicated to assisting individuals desiring to learn glass fusing, I am trying to cover all the fine little details. I have decided that the site needs to explain more of what the different tools and supplies are and how they are used in the glass fusing procedures. So, I am adding quite a few pages that detail these various items.

Letters From Readers

We had a couple of responses from the last newsletter:

Thanks for the Kiln Paper, very enjoyable. Those old brown medicine containers are also great for holding frit and easier to use while pouring. Helene P


Hi Connie,

In this issue of Hot Out of the Kiln you spoke of using cloth diapers to wipe with because they are lint free so I thought I would share what I use. I use coffee filters. Not only are they lint free they are cheap, the right size and plentyful. I get mine at the dollar store. Thanks for being there with your wonderful news letter. I look forward to every issue.

Rachel S

Tips and Tricks

Try using a stainless steel bar-b-que fork for raking glass. Bend the tongs downward before beginning process.

Additions to the Site

07/10/09– Dust Masks – These are very flimsy masks that help keep glass particles from entering your nose during glass cutting.

07/13/09– Glass Combing – Raking a long stainless steel rod through glass that has been heated to approximately 1600 degrees Fahrenheit.

07/14/09– High Temperature Gloves – When it comes to high temperature gloves, there are many different types that can be used. Find out more about these various gloves.

07/16/09– Haik Brush – A haik brush is used to apply kiln wash to shelves and molds before the fusing process.

07/20/09– High Temperature Wire – High temperature wire can withstand the heat inside a kiln, but it turns a gray in color and needs to be cleaned after the firing.

07/27/09– Jewelry Findings – Jewelry Findings are all the little items that enable you to turn your fused pieces into wearable items.

07/28/09– Kiln Furniture – Kiln posts and shelves are usually referred to as kiln furniture.

07/30/09– Glassline Chalk – Glassline chalk can be used as an embellishment for fused glass artwork.

What's New - Bullseye annealing update

In case you are not on the Bullseye mailing list, they have revised their chart for annealing. You can find the new chart here:

Bullseye Annealing Chart Update

They have changed the recommended anneal soak temperature from 960°F/516°C to 900°F/482°C. According to Bullseye, this lower temperature is more effective and efficient.

Once the stress has been relieved by holding glass at the anneal soak temperature of 900°F/482°C, glass can cool over a much shorter span of temperature than if it was held at 960°F/516°C, where annealing stress could be introduced. The most important factor in annealing is not the temperature, but the ability to achieve a uniform temperature throughout the body of the glass.

They indicated that you should not worry about past projects. Although annealing was at a higher temperature, it took longer to achieve, but past projects should be fine.

This new annealing schedule applies to thick and thin glass. The schedule can be found under the thick glass schedule. If in doubt, email them. They are fantastic about responding to their customers.

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