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Issue #022 - Glass Decals
June 30, 2010
Hot Out of the Kiln
June 30, 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.
1. Feature Article
Feature Article - Glass DecalsGlass decals can add a lot to a fused glass piece, especially if you find a pattern that fits your particular needs for the project. Fused glass decals use to be very limited in the designs that were available. Finding just the right setting or scene was not that easy a task, but this is changing with new enamel and ceramic decals.
Tanya from aaeglass has used her inspiration from scenes around her to create new and distinctive patterns. Her designs are refreshingly original and unique. Check out her website to see what she has to offer and go back periodically because she is always adding new decals.
Decals can give you the appearance of etched glass without all the steps involved. Plus when etching glass you are limited to using dichroic glass to achieve your desired pattern. With glass decals you can place your design on any color of glass and you could also paint or embellish the glass further before adding the design.
Fused glass decals can be purchased in low-fire or high-fire, so determine which product you are buying and follow the written directions. The low-fire decals are only fired to about 1034-1074 degrees Fahrenheit, while the high-fire decals are fired to 1280-1320 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the decals from aaeglass the steps are simple:
Quote of the Month“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” – George Bernard Shaw
Since Last E-ZineSince returning from the island of Hawaii, I have been working on designs that were inspired by this tropical setting. Everywhere you look stimulation abounds. We saw sea turtles, surfers, palm trees, lava rocks and ate our fill of pineapple and other delicacies from this remote and breathtakingly beautiful scenery.
Being gone for a week at the beginning of the month really cut into my preparation and kiln time, but I dug right in and am pleased with the designs that arose from my experience. This was our third trip to Hawaii, but this time it was like the island just spoke to me over and over again. It is fun looking at different items and then imagining how to turn them into fused glass works of art.
I am back in Arizona this week. This time I am dog sitting while my daughter and her family have gone to Kansas for a wedding. It is also giving me the chance to work more on my upcoming video. My youngest daughter, Tiffany is performing in the video. She
has been putting in long hours at work and then coming home to help me tape. So, hopefully this will be the last of the taping and I can get on to producing the final product.
Reader QuestionKathy writes:
Hi Connie, I'm thinking about fire polishing my 8-sided bowl and see if I can get the edges smoothed out. Can I set the bowl on the kiln shelf (with shelf paper) to do the fire polishing or do I need to leave it in the mold?
When I slumped my bowl, I set the mold on top of the kiln shelf. I read somewhere on line that you should put the mold on kiln posts. Which is correct?
Thanks for your help.
Kathy... If you polish it outside of the mold you risk the piece warping if you take it too high...
You can place the mold on a kiln shelf, but I still put it on kiln posts to allow air to circulate all around the piece and to ensure that the air is able to escape from the holes in the mold.
Tips and TricksFire a piece to a full fuse before using glass decals. This smooth surface will not only make it easier to apply the decal, but will also help to avoid bubbles during firing from an uneven and pitted surface.
Additions to the Site06/11/10 – Temperature Conversion Chart
06/14/10 – Kona - Hawaii
06/15/10 – Barefootin in Hawaii
06/16/10 – Coqui Frog
06/17/10 – Oceanic Dolphins
06/19/10 – Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle
06/20/10 – Hawaiian Orchids
06/22/10 – Dolphin Tail
06/28/10 – Palm Trees
06/29/10 – Fused Glass Decals
Product Review - Glass Decals by aaeglassAaeglass has quite an range of unique fused glass decals. These include color and silhouette scenes for all occasions. There is a very sizeable assortment of fusible water slide enamel glass decals on this site to choose from.
They are the original creators of the tree of life fusible glass decal. They stock low-fire and high-fire decals. There is no minimum order required and they offer free shipping on orders over $25.
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