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Issue #002 - Glass Paints
September 23, 2008

The Glass Fuse News

September 23, 2008


The Glass Fuse News 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 The Glass Fuse News:

1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Since Last E-zine
4. Tips and Tricks
5. Additions to Site
6. Product Review

Feature Article - Vitrea Paints

I have been admiring the glass paints and work of an artist who sells fused glass pendants on Ebay. I had no previous knowledge of using Pebeo Vitrea paints for glass painting or that Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints even existed. These cabochons are like miniature paintings and that are very intriguing and detailed. Reading the written instruction on how this artist designs and makes these pendants, I finally figure out the technique. She wrote:

“My process is lengthy and involves first fusing two or more pieces of glass together in a kiln. (fusing takes place at about 1600 degrees) I anneal and wait for the piece to cool , usually 8 hours. At this point I drill holes in the glass. This is done with a diamond drill bit under water. My next step is to paint on the glass with special glass paints. Each one is an original tiny painting. The glass paints must be cured for 24 to 48 hours before they can be permanently baked onto the glass. (I used low fire paints for this piece). After this process they are allowed to cool again for a few hours.”

Do you see it? I must have read this I don’t know how many times when it finally hit me….the pieces aren’t fused after being drilled and then painted. Initially a couple of pieces of glass are fused together to obtain the background piece, then using what is referred to as “special glass paints” they are painted. Next the pieces are allowed it to cure and they are low fired. I guess this is one of those times when you need to think outside of the box, or in this case outside of the kiln. What is low firing? These paints are heated inside a kiln, but are heat cured in an oven. Well, duh! I don’t know why I have blinders on sometimes. I just assumed that everything had to be done in the kiln. Since they are listed as fused pieces, I guess I just assumed that every part of the process was accomplished in a kiln.

So, I went searching for these special paints, and found the Vitrea 160 paints. They sell Vitrea 150 and 160 paints. There is a difference in the temperature of heating and curing these paints, but after speaking to another author, I found out that you can actually mix these paints without any problems. This really opens up an array of colors, because some of the colors only come in the Vitrea 150. I purchased some Vitrea Paints and started painting on some fused pieces. These paints can be heated in the oven to make them adhere to the glass. They really do become almost impossible to remove. The colors are bright and brilliant and can be painted, heated and painted again. I believe they can actually be heated in the oven three different times without any problems. This is fantastic when you want to add a little more detail. I used several different techniques using the glass paints, so if you want more information, please check out the page on Pebeo Vitrea Paints.

Quote of the Month

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” - George Bernard Shaw

Since Last E-Zine

It has been a busy month. Not only is school back in session, and that means I get to work in the real world occasionally, but I have been adding pages in my spare time. You can see by the list of pages that have been added that I have had a little time on my hands. Check out my new Etsy account. I decided to place a few of my pendants on Etsy. Etsy is a fabulous place to sell your items. It is a nice place to list and display the items that you would like to sell on the internet. The items I placed on there are some painted pieces and some face pattern pendants. Check it out!

I have been working on an eBook about glass fusing. There are currently 298 pages on the Glass Fusing Made Easy site. This e-Book will cover only the Top 10 popular pages. These pages have been rewritten and include new updated photos. Along with the e-Book will be a free book offer titled “101 Tips and Tricks”. These are very helpful tips and tricks that I have gleaned over the years. Rewriting the pages is taking some time, but the 101 tips and tricks is written and ready to go live. I am still trying to decide if I will make it a downloadable PDF file, or place it on a site to be sold in a hard copy. What do you think? Let me know, please.

Tips and Tricks

Soak fused pieces in vinegar to remove stuck kiln wash. After soaking use a scrubby to remove the wash.

Additions to the Site

08/11/08 –
  • Painted Faces – These faces are painted in a reverse painting manner. They are outlined with glassline paints and then fused. After fusing, they are again painted on the reverse side of the glass with glassline paints and again fused in the kiln.

    08/11/08 –
  • Signing Art – Are you in the habit of signing your pieces? This page discussed ways to sign your art.

    08/15/08 –
  • Plate Stand – An easy to assemble way to display your artwork. There are a couple of suggested stands that can be designed and completed inside your kiln.

    08/17/08 –
  • Prima Donna Faces – Well, they are out of the kiln and a page has been written with some patterns so that you can create your own Prima Donna Face pins.

    08/22/08 –
  • Pattern Transfer – Different techniques to transfer patterns onto glass.

    08/23/08 –
  • Halloween Page – Getting ready for the upcoming holiday, I have put up a main page for Halloween. There is a listing on this page of pin ideas that will be added as the patterns are created and designed.

    08/25/08 –
  • Vitrea 160 Paints – Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paints and a list of different techniques using these paints.

    08/25/08 –
  • Hand Painted Fused Glass – Painted with Glassline paints and then using Vitrea glass paints to complete the design.

    08/25/08 –
  • Glass Painting – Fusing glass together and then painting the glass with Vitrea glass paints.

    08/25/08 –
  • Art Fused Glass Technique – Fusing and embossing some glass and then finishing the piece using Vitrea glass paints to accent the embossed look.

    08/28/08 –
  • Pilot Pen – Using Silver and Gold Pilot Pens to accent a fused glass piece.

    09/05/08 –
  • Fused Glass Bails – Looking at all the different fused glass bails that can be used to turn a fused piece into a pendant.

    09/05/08 –
  • Channel Bail – Making a channel in a fused glass piece during the fusing process. This channel can then be used to run a chord, chain or any type of necklace material through the opening for hanging the piece.

    09/05/08 –
  • Make Fused Glass Bail – Making your own glass bail or purchasing glass bails to fuse onto a piece.

    09/05/08 –
  • Rubber Channel Bail – A very inexpensive and creative way to make a bail using a rubber tube.

    09/08/08 –
  • Silver or Gold Plated Bails – Purchasing either silver or gold plated bails and how to adhere them to your piece.

    09/08/08 –
  • Pinch Bails – Purchased pinch bails are another type of bail that can be used to turn your fused glass piece into a wearable piece of art.

    09/14/08 –
  • Wire Wrapped Bails – Glass can be drilled and then wire wrapped to attach a bail to the piece.

    09/14/08 –
  • PMC Bail – Use a PMC 3 clay to form and design fused glass bails.

    09/19/08 –
  • High Temp Wire Bails – High temp wire can be bent and inserted between glass before fusing to form a bail for the piece.

    09/19/08 –
  • Charm Jewelry Bails – Charms can be glued, wired or attached with a jump ring to add some design to a piece.

    09/19/08 –
  • Hardibacker/Durock/Wonderboard – These cement boards are terrific for keeping your fusing area safe.

    Product Review

    Cement boards – Hardibacker/Durock/Wonderboard are all cement boards. After reading about my fire last month, you know that safety in the fusing area is on my mind. When taking another Vitrigraph class last month, the instructors used cement boards under the kiln and on their work area. These boards are fantastic for insulating and keeping your hot glass area safe. Even molten glass landing on these cement boards will not cause a fire. Long lasting and easy to cut, these are a must in any glass fusing studio. Score the board twice with a utility knife and it usually snaps clean. This makes them a snap to trim for all the various size areas you need to protect. Keep your glass fusing area safe!

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    See you next month…


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