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Issue #027 - Glass Fusing Frit
November 30, 2010

Hot Out of the Kiln

November 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.

In this Issue of Hot Out of the Kiln:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Submit an Article or Tutorial
4. What I Have Been Working On
5. Reader Question
6. Tips and Tricks
7. Additions to Site
8. Product Review

Feature Article - Glass Fusing Frit

This month we are going to be taking a look at glass fusing frit…mainly glass powder. As you know frit comes in a variety of sizes from powder to chunks. The powder form is fine and has the consistency of talcum powder.

There are so many usages for the different sizes of frit, but this month we are going to be looking specifically at glass powder. This fine substance can be purchased in just about every color imaginable, or you can make your own out of any glass.

Remember to always wear your respiratory mask when working or fusing with powder glass, preferably one that is NIOSH approved. The particles have a tendency to become air-born and breathing them in can be very harmful to your health.

And of course make sure that the powder you are using has the same COE as the rest of your glass. Since I have been working on beginner projects during the last few weeks and months, it has brought to my attention a variety of usages for this powdered substance.

It can be mixed with a medium and turned into paint or clay, depending on the medium and thickness. Glassline paints are a good example of this as they are powdered glass mixed with a medium.

Use them dry to do some sifting projects, such as sifting them into a stencil or directly onto a piece of glass for just a sprinkling of color.

Powder Technique

  • Crackle Glass – sift powder glass onto a piece of damp fiber board.
  • Freeze and Fuse – add water to powder glass and press into molds.
  • Glass Clay – mix powder with medium to a clay consistency.
  • Glass Lace – cut a round stencil and fill with powder glass.
  • Glass Painting – mix powder glass with a medium.
  • Jewelry – use powder to enhance your design.
  • Pate de Verre – making a paste out of glass and a liquid binder.
  • Powder Wafer – pour powder into a pre-cut stencil.
  • Sifted Dry – using a sifter or strainer dust powder onto glass.
  • Embellishments – accents to your other fusing glass items.
  • As you can see by the list, there are a lot of ways you can use glass fusing frit….how do you use glass powder?

    Quote of the Month

    "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." Dale Carnegie

    Submit an Article or Tutorial

    Do you have a great glass fusing article or tutorial that you would like to share? We are inviting submissions of articles or tutorials for the web site. The articles will become permanent on the site once approved and a link back to your website or blog can be included in the submission. Helping and sharing with others is a great way to assist others in learning information and techniques about glass fusing. You can add so much to the site with your knowledge and experiences.

    If you have a web site or blog, then you know how important links are to get your site noticed by those search engines. A back link to your site will not only boost the search engine ranking, but assist in bringing traffic to your site.

    For more information and submission, check out Submit Your Article.

    What I Have Been Working On

    With the holidays closing in quickly upon us, I have been burning the midnight hour candle trying to finish up the newest DVD in the Learning Glass Fusing Techniques series. “Beyond the Basics” is finally done and uploaded to the publishing company.

    The video is over and hour long and filled with beginner projects. In total there are 20 chapters, with step-by-step instructions and information.

    I have my spare bedroom back and it has been turned into my movie studio. It is nice to be able to just go in there and have everything set up and ready to go. I love being creative and this room allows me to video tape or photo graph my items any time of the day or night.

    Now that that is finished, I need to get to work on the book version. I am hoping to have that done sometime in January.

    Thanks to everyone who ordered the first DVD and book! Be sure to check out the newest video in the series, “Beyond the Basics”.

    Reader Question

    This month, I am going to try something new. I would like to hear your responses to the following question. The results will be shared in next month’s e-zine.

    Hi Connie,

    One of the pieces that cracked was Wissmach (anneal 940?) glass but the other was sold to me as Spectrum. Degrees are in F.

    For the full fuse
    ramp 300 to 1000 hold 15
    ramp 200 to 1250 hold 30
    ramp afap to 1475 hold 15
    ramp afap to 950 hold 120 (anneal for coe96)
    ramp 150 to 700 hold 25
    ramp 300 to 100

    For the slump
    ramp 150 to 300 hold 15
    ramp 300 to 1000 hold 15
    ramp afap to 1275 hold 20
    ramp 400 to 950 hold 60 (anneal for coe96)
    ramp 150 to 700 hold 15
    ramp 300 to 100

    I do not understand why the glass takes the full fuse without any problems and fails when I slump it. I must add that not all the pieces I make are breaking. Most are fine (so far anyway) even when I use not tested coe96 glass.

    I really would appreciate it if you could explain what is going wrong with these broken pieces so I can work around the problem in the future.

    Thanks again

    Can you help Suzanne out…respond and let us know what you think is wrong with her firing!

    Tips and Tricks

    Use Perfect Medium, a thin line pen, to write with and then cover with glass powder.

    Additions to the Site

    11/16/10 – Glass Powder

    11/18/10 – Glass Sifter

    11/24/10 – Glass Powder Wafers

    11/29/10 – Beyond the Basics

    Product Review - Beyond the Basics - Glass Fusing Instructions

    Looking for a DVD that will show you how to accomplish all those beginner projects? Well, look no more! This video shows you step-by-step how these procedures are realized.

    In our first video, “Beginner Glass Fusing Class” we walked you through understanding the basics of glass fusing. Much like attending a beginner class, it provided you with a solid foundation in glass fusing.

    In our latest DVD, we are taking you beyond that knowledge with more information and projects to help you get started and move forward in your adventure.

    The DVD has over an hour of step-by-step instructions helping you to understand how to read a fusing chart, molds and easy first projects.

    Here is a list of all the chapters so you can see everything that is on this instructional DVD:


    Ch 1 - Introduction
    Ch 2 – Reading a Firing Chart
    Ch 3 - Molds
    Ch 4 - Fused Tile
    Ch 5 - Business Card Holder
    Ch 6 - Glass Stand
    Ch 7 - Comb Honey
    Ch 8 - Coral Bowl
    Ch 9 - Fused Barrette
    Ch 10 - Glass Donut
    Ch 11 - Pre-cut Pieces
    Ch 12 - Painting on Glass
    Ch 13 – Sifting Frit onto Glass
    Ch 14 – Soap Dish
    Ch 15 - Fused Glass Dots
    Ch 16 – Drilling a Hole
    Ch 17 - Glass Powder Wafer
    Ch 18 – Sifting Into a Stencil
    Ch 19 - Stringer Project
    Ch 20 – Powder and Frit

    To purchase the DVD, click on the image to the right. For the sales page click here.

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