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Issue #049 - Pebeo Vitrea 160
September 30, 2012

Hot Out of the Kiln

September 30, 2012

It has not cooled off yet in Southern California, in fact it seems to be getting hotter! I have been staying inside with the air conditioner running, but did venture out to purchase some dichroic glass at the Coatings by Sandberg sale. I purchased some of the packets they offer with larger chunks of glass. So far, I have made a couple of pendants for Christmas with these absolutely gorgeous colors. What is on your list to make for Christmas?

I have also been working on the upcoming December issue of the Fused Glass Projects Magazine. Most of the articles have been submitted and I am getting them ready for publication.

Here is a list so far of the authors and articles that will be in the December/Winter magazine:

  • Carrie Strope – Zuper Glue Snowflakes
  • Jeanne Tanks – Kiln Fused Glass Bails
  • Anne Nye – Focus on Success
  • Lisa Vogt – Embossing Made Easy
  • Stephanie O'Toole – Woven Glass
  • Ed Christianson – QR Bar Code
  • Thanks to everyone who has written to offer suggestions and comments about how much they have enjoyed this first edition.

    I am currently lining up authors for the Spring publication, so if you are interested in getting involved and sharing your projects, please contact me. There is a section for reader comments in the magazine, so drop us a line and let us know what you think about the magazine, articles or authors you would like to read and general comments.

    We are also taking applications for advertisements. This is a fantastic way to expose your product, website, blot, or upcoming events with an exclusive audience of glass fusing enthusiasts.

    Until next month…keep it hot!


    1. Feature Article

    2. Quote of the Month

    3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

    4. Reader Responses

    5. Tips and Tricks

    6. Share the Site

    7. What's New

    8. Product Review

    Pebeo Vitrea 160

    Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints are glass paints that are applied to glass and then cured inside a conventional oven. Once painted, the glass cannot be fired inside the kiln. They come in a variety of colors that can be painted on glass using a paint brush. These can also be purchased in pen form and in small tubes for outlining and detailing glass.

    After several years of glass fusing, I found some gorgeous cabochons on Ebay. I could tell that the glass had been fused, but could not figure out how they achieved the painting details, until I discovered Pebeo Vitrea paints.

    Glass painting is done after you have fused the glass inside a kiln. I generally draw my design on a clear piece of glass using a silver pilot pen and then fire it on a couple of other pieces of glass. I have found that this is about the easiest way to transfer a pattern to my glass.

    Once fired and cooled, the image is still visible and ready to paint.


  • Photograph
  • Photo Manipulating Program
  • Fusible Glass
  • Glass Cutting Supplies
  • Kiln with Prepared Shelf
  • Grinder and/or Tile Cutter
  • Pebeo Vitrea Paints and supplies
  • Convention Oven
  • Glue
  • Bail

  • These Pebeo Vitrea 160 cabochons make wonderful gifts and heirlooms. For further instructions on manipulating a photograph or painting the pendant, check out the September issue of the Fused Glass Projects Magazine.

    "Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art." ~ Neil Gaiman

    Have you been wanting to learn the hot craft of glass fusing, but don't know where to begin?

    Whether you enjoy watching movies to learn the techniques, or having a book to refer to as you learn, these learning tools will assist you in your progress.

    If you don't have access to glass fusing classes, or want to learn some of the techniques that are not generally taught at these instructional settings, look no further.

    I am trying to add new and exciting information all the time, and these learning materials are the newest items added to the site to help others learn glass fusing procedures.

    To view or purchase any of the DVDs, Books, E-books or Downloadable Movies, click here.

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    Reader Responses


    Hi Connie,

    Along with many other artists, I find that one of the most difficult tasks is pricing my work. There seems to be a consensus for the expected price range for paintings and sculpture but the price for glass always seems to take people by surprise. It’s not good to overprice it but I think it’s worse to undervalue it. Although I don’t think that we can force people to appreciate the expertise, work and complexity involved in producing our fused glass artwork, it should be reflected in the price.

    The factors I use in my costings are:
    Materials, including reasonable wastage from cutting.
    Time for production of the piece and the trials
    Total power consumption, including studio heating and lighting, kiln and other equipment
    Studio overheads such as rent, rates and insurance
    Equipment, wear and tear plus safety equipment and consumables
    Personal tax and public liability insurance

    There has to be a reasonable profit margin applied above these costings and I find that the most difficult to decide. I would appreciate yours and other peoples thoughts on this topic.

    Many thanks



    Hi Connie,

    Just completed viewing your DVD on things dichroic. I found it to be very educational, lots of good and helpful information in one place. Thank you and congratulations on filling a void in fusing education. Looking forward to more.

    a Canadian subscriber


    Hi Connie,

    Just wanted to let you know that the Fusion Headquarters link is bad :( Thanks for the great info, I appreciate all the points of view and different ways of working.

    Margaret E

    Sorry, Margaret! The link for Fusion Headquarters is Thanks for bringing it to my attention!



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    Texture Pads

    Texture pads are used to impress images into fused glass, similar to embossing the glass.

    They are coated with kiln wash and then the glass is placed on the pad to be fired inside the kiln.

    This is a fantastic idea; however I have only had problems with these pads.

    Once coated with kiln wash, I find that the images don’t impress very well, and cause bubbles in my final piece.

    Personally, I feel that using fiber board will give the same effect and even better impressions.

    If you have had success using these texture pads, please write and share your secrets with others.


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    See you next month…

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