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Issue #051 - Shaping Glass
November 30, 2012
Hot Out of the Kiln
November 30, 2012
I hope everyone had a fabulous, thankful and healthy Thanksgiving!
Now we are in full speed mode for all of our winter holidays.
What are you creating this year?
I am making some dichroic pendants for individuals on my gift list.
To achieve the desired shape and size, I will need to do some cold work and then fire polish the finished pieces.
I have decided to share my method for accomplishing my finished fused pendant.
The Winter issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine is complete and available to purchase by clicking here, or by clicking on the image of the magazine.
I would like to thank all of the inspiring articles that were submitted for this publication.
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Here is a list of the articles in the Winter 2012 issue:
Letter from the Editorby Connie Brown
Table of Contents
Zuper Glue Snowflakesby Carrie Strope Sohayda
Zuper glue is a fantastic product for assembling glass projects. Follow along as Carrie describes and illustrates all the necessary steps to create fused glass snowflakes.
Kiln Fused Glass Pendant Bailsby Jeanne Marie
Designing fused glass pendants can be simple and fun or more complex and intricate. Before you begin the designing process, consider and plan for the perfect bail to enhance the final product. Jeanne talks about all the various options for crafting bails.
Embossing Made Easyby Lisa Vogt
Embossing can be a complicated procedure, but Lisa shows us a simple way to achieve the same results without having to maneuver glass inside a hot and torrid kiln.
Woven Glassby Staphanie O'Toole
Woven glass gives the appearance of glass that has been interlaced. Utilizing molds to curve and shape the glass makes the process easy to achieve. Firing schedule and instructions are effortless to follow and understand.
Fused Glass QR Codeby Ed Christianson
QR bars are everywhere these days and now they can be made out of glass. Ed provides step-by-step instructions for making QR bars and even gives locations for creating an image for your particular website.
How to Successfully Fuse Glass in a Microwave Kilnby Arnold Howard
Arnold has graciously fulfilled the need for those using a microwave kiln. Read his helpful suggestions for having a successful firing in your microwave kiln.
Hawaiian Sea Turtleby Connie Brown
This simple hawaiian sea turtle has been requested by quite a few individuals. It does require the use of a glass saw to cut out all of the fine details.
Focus on Successby Anne Nye
Anne offers some helpful and useful information on finding the path for success in our endeavours. Beneficial material for assisting you in finding and exploring the correct route to achieving triumphant results in your artwork.
Grinder Protection - Safety tips and maintence information to assist in keeping the grinder a long lasting machine.
A Tour of Coatings by Sandberg
Coatings by Sandberg is located in southern California and welcomes visitors to their facility. Known for the spectacular dichroic glass that enhances and enriches fused glass, this is a small glimpse behind the curtain of their site.
This section will help you trouble shoot some mishaps that might occur in your glass fusing. Short articles in this section include: Glass Stuck to Mold, Removing Kiln Wash, Glass on Heating Elements, Replacing the Kiln Elements, Repairing Kiln Shelf.
Glass Fusing Supplies
I am already receiving articles for the Spring issue, and have a few of the articles complete and ready to assemble.
If you would like to submit an article and have it included in a future issue, please contact us. We already have a few individuals working on writing articles for the next issue.
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Response
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
Shaping glass after it has been fired inside the kiln involves doing some cold work and then fire polishing the glass again inside the kiln.
This finishing technique will not only shape your glass to a particular design, but will smooth out the edges to give it a professional appearance.
Use a permanent marker to trace around the template, or free hand a design.
Coat the markings with beeswax to protect the design while cutting.
Once the shape has been drawn on the glass, use a tile saw to cut as close as possible to the outline.
A tile saw will easily cut through the thick slab.
A grinder is then used to grind away any excess glass and to do the final shaping.
Make sure that you thoroughly clean the glass after using the tile saw and again after utilizing the grinder.
Once the final shape has been achieved, the glass needs to be fire polished to round out the edges.
Place the glass inside the kiln on a kiln washed shelf, or on fiber paper on a kiln shelf, and place the shelf on kiln posts inside the kiln.
Close kiln lid or door.
Since the glass is thick and has been previously fired it needs to be taken up slowly inside the kiln.
Turn on the kiln and take up the glass at about 250-300 degrees per hour.
Once the glass has reached 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, hold the kiln at that temperature for about 10-15 minutes to allow all of the glass to achieve the same temperature
Now the glass can be heated as fast as possible to about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for 5 minutes.
Take the kiln as fast as possible to about 950 degrees Fahrenheit (or the annealing temperature for the COE of the glass) and hold for 60 minutes.
Decrease the temperature at about 400 degrees per hour to 100 and turn the kiln off.
"Dreams are the seedlings of reality." James Allen
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.
TIP - If downloading any of the downloadable movies, keep in mind that they are very large files.
If you purchase and want to download any of these large files, you might consider using a product like the Free Download Manager.
It is a free product that needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer.
It will increase the download speed and decrease the time required to download the product.
Thanks for this issue and I’m looking forward to the Nov/Dec magazine. Please will you pass on a reply to Dvora for me? I have repaired blemishes in my kiln floor with refractory cement in the past. It has to dry thoroughly obviously and I think it’s as well to give it a quick fire empty before using in earnest. If the blemish is still apparent then she can use a thicker fibre paper underneath the thin fire paper. Hope that helps and she keeps experimenting!
Thanks Janis for responding to Dvora’s problem and offering your suggestion for a solution.
Thanks for your responses! Responses help others in finding answers to their fusing questions. Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thanks!
If utilizing different COEs of glass in the studio, keep them separate, mark the pieces with a sharpie marker, or use color coded dots.
Clicking on the "Share this page" button at the bottom of your favorite pages will enable you to come back to your preferred pages and help others find interesting and exciting information.
Please help share the site with others!
Do you have an upcoming event or new product that you would like others to know about? Drop us a quick e-mail and once approved, it will be place in the next e-zine.
Coatings By Sandberg is now offering a smaller type of Dichroic Frit for use in fusing and all your glass art work and projects. Our current dichroic Frit size is course and this new Dichroic Frit is a medium size, so the individual pieces are much smaller. A versatile fun new product to try! Dichroic Glass Frit Flakes are available in 90 & 96 COE clear only and only in Rainbow. They are packaged in a ONE ounce tube that measures approximately 3/8" diameter and 11.5" inches long. Cost is $12 Wholesale & $16 Retail. For additional information, please visit our web site at www.cbsdichroic.com, or call us at (714) 538-0888.
Fusion Headquarters is now offering PAPYROS Kiln Shelf Paper. It works better, lasts longer and is less expensive. Papyros is an extra sturdy ceramic based paper specially formulated for glass fusing. Of course it always provides excellent glass and kiln shelf separation but this paper won't fog your glass on the front or back and with most applications can be used multiple times. We offer 4 sizes, Sheets: 20.5" x 20.5", Craft Roll: 20.5" x 82', Studio Roll: 41" x 33', and Bulk Roll: 41" x 250'. It can be purchased at Fusion Headquarters.
I was very fortunate to find a tile saw on sale at Lowe’s a few years ago. It is simple to use and cuts through thick glass easily and efficiently.
Simply fill the reservoir to the fill line, close the lid and turn on the unit.
Wear protective eye glasses and also a nose mask to keep any flying glass from harming your eyes and nose.
Turn on the unit and start cutting the glass.
Cut as close as possible to the design lines.
It does not make curved cuts like a glass saw.
Once you have finished making all of your cuts, turn off the unit, empty and rinse the inside of the unit.
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