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Issue #045 - Pendant Bails
May 31, 2012

Hot Out of the Kiln

May 31, 2012

Summer is quickly approaching and I for one don’t like the heat, except the heat from my kiln. I have been working on my project for the premier edition of the new magazine. I have taken a picture of my youngest grandson and turned it into a cabochon for his mother. Personally, I think it turned out great!

I have written an article describing the method and it will be featured in the e-magazine. If you haven’t signed up to be notified when the magazine will be published, please click on the picture to the right to put your name on the list.

Some well-known, distinguished and enthusiastic glass fusing experts have been contacted, and they are currently working on their projects. I won’t mention their names, just encase they get backlogged and can’t turn in their information in time, but I have received the first article from Gil Reynolds. He is sharing some interesting material on making unique pattern bars.

As the authors turn in their material, I will keep you updated and intrigued. I am excited and tired. This has been a lot of work to put together, but dreams don’t come easily. You need to jump in there and work hard to fulfill your goals and ideas.

Until next month…keep it hot!


1. Feature Article

2. Quote of the Month

3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

4. Reader Question

5. Reader Responses

6. Tips and Tricks

7. Share the Site

8. What's New

9. Product Review

Pendant Bails

This month we are going to take a look at some pendant bails. You might purchase glue on necklace bails, but if you really want your piece to stand out, try venturing out and trying some other types besides the gold plated bails.

The type of bail used on your fused glass pendant depends on your desired look for the finished piece.

View the various types and then choose one that compliments your distinctive fused glass project.

There are numerous types of necklace bails that can be used for finishing off your cabochon.

Of course you can just purchase glue on bails, or venture out and try making them and not only save money, but be creative in the process.

I will give a brief description of each type listed here, and then if you would like more information, just click on the links to discover more about these interesting and creative bails

Channel Bail – This type of bail involves creating a channel in the glass during the firing process.

Charm Jewelry Bail – This is a creative way to personalize your ho-hum plain bails by adding charms or tags to the piece.

Glass Bail - Glass bails can be purchased or created inside the kiln.

Gold or Silver Plated Bail – These type of bails can be purchased on line or at your local glass store. They are the most commonly used type of bails.

High Temperature Wire Bail – High temperature wire can be placed in the fusing project in a way that it forms a bail during the firing process.

Pinch Bail – This type of bail requires that a hole be drilled in your finished cabochon and then the bail is inserted and closed in the opening.

PMC Bail – In this process, you fire a cabochon and then using PMC clay, form and shape around the pendant before firing again inside the kiln.

Rubber Channel Bail – This is a very simple and yet unique way of making a bail.

Wire Wrapped Bail – Use wire and wire wrapping tools to create unique bails for your glass jewelry.

Review the pages and learn more about these types of jewelry hanging embellishments. Be unique and turn those fused glass pendants into hanging works of art.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” -- Joseph Campbell

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.

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Beginner Glass Fusing Class – Chapters: Glass Types and COE, Glass Phases, Thermal Shock, 1000 Degrees Fahrenheit, Devitrification, Annealing, Quarter Inch Rule, Glass Assembly, Safety, Kiln Types, Basic Supplies, Preparing the Kiln, Preparing the Kiln Shelf, Cutting Glass, Designing Glass, Firing Glass, The Final Fused Project


  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class DVD
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class Book
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class E-Book
  • Beginner Glass Fusing Class Downloadable Movie

  • Beyond the Basics – Chapters: Reading a Chart, Molds, Fused Tile, Business Card Holder, Glass Stand, Comb Honey, Coral Bowl, Fused Barrette, Glass Donut, Pre-cut Pieces, Painting on Glass with Glass, Sifting Frit onto Glass, Soap Dish, Fused Glass Dots, Drilling a Hole, Glass Powder Wafer, Sifting into a Stencil, Stringer Project, and Powder and Frit.


  • Beyond the Basics DVD
  • Beyond the Basics Book
  • Beyond the Basics E-Book
  • Beyond the Basics Downloadable Movie

  • Intermediate - Chapters: Embellishments, Glass Workshop, Broken Art Glass, Casting Glass, Cold Combing, Copper Mesh Method, Crackle Technique, Etching Glass, Fused Glass Frame, Marble Glass Art, Fused Glass Lace, Fusing Photo Paper, Fused Wind Chimes, Glass Clay, Puffy Glass, Rubber Stamping on Glass, Slumping Bottles, Stringer Bowl


  • Intermediate Glass Fusing DVD
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing E-Book
  • Intermediate Glass Fusing downloadable movie
  • Miscellaneous

    How to Make Dichroic Glass Art – Chapters: Definition of Dichroic, History of Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Side of Glass, Colors and What Do they Mean, Crinkled Dichroic, Dichro Slide, Dichroic Coated Copper Foil, To Cap or Not to Cap, Etching Dichroic Glass, Dichroic Donut, Making Simple, Elegant Cabochons, Getting Creative, Shaping Cabochons, Dichroic Cabochon Finishing, Wrapping it Up.


  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art DVD
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art Book
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art E-Book
  • How to Make Dichroic Glass Art Downloadable Movie
  • Clay Glass – Chapters: Introduction, Safety, GlasClay, Steider Studios Glass Medium, Homemade Clay, Preparing and Mixing, Firing, Enclosed Dichroic Cabochon, Frosting Tube Method, Pressing into Molds, Freeze and Fuse, Cutting Tools Method, Glass Ring, Making Lines, Stamping, Free Form Designs


  • Clay Glass DVD
  • Clay Glass Book
  • Clay Glass E-Book
  • Clay Glass Downloadable Movie

  • Reader Question


    I am planning to purchase a kiln. Although I am a beginner who has not developed a style or worked on many different items (I've taken several classes), I want to leave my options open by purchasing a kiln that will allow me to do pot melts and taking. I thought that a clamshell would make it easier for me to work with the glass, but maybe that is a misconception. Could you please give me your opinion? Thank you so much!


    I personally don’t own a clamshell kiln. If anyone does and can help Fran, please let me know.


    Reader Responses


    I had a lot of responses to last month’s e-zine. Here are a few:


    Hot Out of the Kiln, Issue #044 -- Aril 2012

    Connie, here is the correct link for the spiral appetizer dish slump mold.
    Thanks Pam!


    Thank you for your newsletters. Your previous N/L spoke of using gem stones in jewelry with a link to Cool Tools. Last week I took out my first batch of jewelry which was "let’s see what Happens" and I was amazed at the end result. Cool Tools have a new happy customer.

    Thank You



    Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thanks!

    The ideal time to buy glass is during the summer months. Glass shops generally close down because it is to hot in the studios. Thus to boost profits glass supply companies offer sales during this period.

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    June Classes

    Kaiser Glass Studio – Is offering two types of classes at their Brighton, Michigan studio. June 14-15 Images on Glass and June 16-17 Photopolymer Masking Classes. More information about these classes can be found on this pdf file.

    Fusion Headquarters – Has two unique classes being offered in June. “Working with Nature” is being held June 8, 9 and 10. The cost is $550.00 and can be purchased on their website. Their other popular class is the “Ultimate Fusing” class. To find out more and register, check out this link.

    Watch this Youtube video as Norwood Viviano creates his sculptural works using digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process.

    Delphi Glass - Check out what is new at Delphi Glass:

  • Diamond Hand File Assortment
  • Printimaking Techniques on Glass
  • Glass Painting Starter Kit

  • Bullseye News

  • Bullseye Upcoming Resources & Events - For more information, click here .
  • Bullseye Dilution Solution Class - Added to their online classes and is available to subscribers. In this new on line lesson, explore a useful technique for diluting areas of color. To sign up or read more about this new class, click here.
  • Free Videos - View the list here.

  • Glass Games 2012

    Between the dates of June 1 and September 30, there will be more than 70 exhibitions, fairs, workshops and have-a-go sessions at venues throughout the UK. For more information check out their website

    Pebeo Vitrea Paints

    Have you tried using Pebeo Vitrea paints on your fusing projects? I love making personalized cabochons and to add that personal touch, I paint on my fused pieces after they have fired.

    Pebeo Vitrea paints are cured in a conventional over and are generally used to paint glasses, pitchers and platters, but I enjoy using them on fused glass. They are permanent once heated in the oven and give your glass a glossy textured appearance.

    They come in a rainbow of colors and can be mixed if desired. I mix them to shade areas and to acquire other colors that are not available.

    Although it doesn’t take a lot of paint to decorated small cabochons, the paint seems to be thick and almost dried out in each individual bottle.

    These paints are a fantastic way to enhance and personalize your fusing projects.

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    See you next month…

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