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Issue #88 - UCG Boiled Glass
November 30, 2015
Hot Out of the Kiln
Well the holidays are quickly approaching.
While others will be celebrating, I am still trying to put myself in the holiday spirit.
Since my mother’s birthday was on Christmas day, this will be a tad bit hard for me this year.
I have been looking for some type of counseling, but alas there is none at the moment in my area.
I certainly don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer”, so I am going to limit my exposure to crowds for a while until I can get through these emotions.
I have been working a little on getting the Winter 2015 issue of the e-magazine ready and it is going live on November 30th.
Here is a sneak peek at what will be in this issue of the magazine.
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This is a listing of the articles in the Winter 2015 issue of the Fused Glass Projects e-magazine.
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Letter from the Editorby Connie Brown
Table of Contents
Santa Footed Bowlby Connie Brown
In this project, Connie demonstrates a unique way of adding a foot to a fused glass bowl. This is a long process with demonstration images to assist in the process.
Introduction to Sandblastingby Dennis Brady
Dennis Brady is a wealth of helpful information on the intriguing method of sandblasting. He not only discusses the various types, but covers in details the materials needed.
Bottle Openerby Gaege Rivera
Gaege shows us how to create a personalized fused glass bottle opener. This project would make a one-of-a-kind special ocassion gift.
Scrap Glass Pendantsby Gene Cross
Gene is back with us to give us some ways to create pendants using some of the left over scrap glass.
Brown Bag Clay Cookie Moldsby Patsy Williams
Patsy loves to cook, but in this endeavor she show us how to use some brown bag clay cookie molds as casts to design fused glass ventures.
Fused Glass Underwater Worldby Peggy King
Peggy is a new contributor to the e-magazine. Her fanciful underwater scene incorporates patterned sheet glass, millefiori, colorful frit, dichroic glass, lampworked details, and imagination.
Chalk and Glassby Tiffany Parham
Did you know that chalk can be fired inside the kiln? Tiffany offers a few suggestions for using this material in your fused glass tasks.
Mica Fingerprintsby Tiffany Smith
Using this simple technique, you can create a heritage piece that can be passed on for generations. Tiffany uses the method to design individual lockets or charm bracelets that will be treasured for years to come.
Holiday Gift Ideasby Tracie McElroy
Men are so hard to buy for when it comes to the holidays. Tracie suggests a couple of ides for some quick and simple gift ideas for the upcoming festivities.
Tips and TricksReaders have shared some helpful tips and tricks in glass fusing. Assist others by submitting your suggestions for firing glass, items not normally used for glass fusing, or other helpful tips and tricks.
Circle Cutting - Cutting a glass has always been a tough job and cutting it in a circular shape makes it even more difficult. Some basic information to assist you in cutting circles.
Glass Fusing Supplies
Until next month…keep it hot!
1. Feature Article
2. Quote of the Month
3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs
4. Reader Question
5. Tips and Tricks
6. Share the Site
7. What's New
8. Product Review
UGC Boiled Glass
This UGC boiled glass project uses bubble powder and paints from Unique Glass Colors.
This is a colorful way to boil glass inside the kiln with clear glass.
I recently read an interesting article from Unique Glass Colors (UCG) and I decided to try it for myself.
In their article, they used float glass, but I used COE 96 for my project.
These paints and the bubble powder can be used on any COE of glass.
Check out Unique Glass Colors to see the rainbow of colors that they have to offer.
Click here to go to their website.
The first thing I did was to choose my colors.
I used pre- mixed green, pink and lavender for my colors.
Using a paint brush, I applied a thick layer of paint to each piece of glass.
I allowed the paint to dry for about 24 hours before proceeding.
Next, it is time to assemble the pieces.
Place the bottom piece of glass on a prepared kiln shelf. My shelf had a piece of fiber paper to protect the glass from sticking to the shelf.
I cut the fiber board into strips about 2 inches wide.
Place the fiber paper around the edges of the glass and support the fiber board with dam strips and kiln posts.
My dam strips are pieces of cut up ceramic tiles.
Sprinkle a liberal amount of the UGC bubble powder on the top of the bottom layer of glass.
Now place the other two painted pieces of glass on top of the bubble powder bottom piece of glass.
Close up the kiln.
Once the piece has cooled to room temperature it can safely be removed from the kiln.
Remove any remaining and stuck fiber board.
I used a grinder to remove any spicky edges and a wet belt sander to even out and bevel the edges.
Next the piece was cleaned and placed on my slumping mold.
Slowly take the piece up until it slumps into the mold.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give." -- William Arthur Ward
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.
I get your newsletters and I was wondering if you could tell me approximately how much it would cost to start making glass fusing jewelry. I know it can all depend on the kilns and other materials needed but I found a new kiln online for about $400. It is a good size for what I need. I will need glass supplies, tools and the components to make necklaces, earrings etc. I am interested in turning this into a part time business for now and simply need to get an idea as to how much out of pocket expense I need to get started and make enough pieces to start selling for profit. Thank you for any help you can give me. I have your beginner book and plan to buy more of your training materials in glass fusing.
What would you suggest to Jackie?
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. Thank you!
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Coatings by Sandberg
Add some drama to your fused glass artwork with Perfect Medium.
Perfect Medium comes in either an ink pad or pen form and can be used on glass for many various projects.
When taking a class a couple of years ago, we used it as a resist in some etching projects.
It can also be used to stamp images on glass.
The images would then need to be lightly covered with glass powder or mica, and then brushing off the excess to reveal the image.
Perfect Medium is available at craft stores and on-line.
It is not only acid free, clear, but also non-toxic.
The ink pad measures 3-inch length by 3-inch width.
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