Proven Glass Fusing Tools and Supplies
" What are the fusing and slumping supplies? "
Glass fusing tools and supplies can be costly if you don't do your homework.
Search the internet to find the best prices for the items you need.
If one on-line store has the product cheaper, you might consider if shipping would make the item just as costly as purchasing it from the more expensive supplier.
Check around to see if you can find a local
glass fusing supply
store in your area.
For on-line purchased, check out the page on
"Art Glass Supplies"
, for a list of glass fusing suppliers.
To start out with your glass fusing adventure, you might want to purchase just the necessary items. As you explore and venture out, purchase other items to add texture and interest to your fused glass art.
For a basic cutting supply list, I would recommend the following:
Soft shoe brush
Add the following basic list for fusing:
books or tapes
Some glass studios are available to rent when there are no classes or other events scheduled.
Local Adult Education class might offer classes where you could use their kilns.
Check local high schools that offer classes and ask if you can bring items there to fire.
Look in local newspapers or on Craig's List for kilns for sale.
Online auction sites like Ebay offer reasonable sales.
Yes, the most expensive item you will want to purchase is a kiln. If this is not in your budget at the moment, you just might want to consider the following options.
As you get more involved in fusing, you should consider all the following
glass fusing tools and supplies:
Circle cutter - To make cutting circles easier.
Crinkled Dichroic Glass
Dichroic Coated Paper
Dremel Drill with Diamond Bits - to drill holes in your glass and Dichroic Pendants.
Embellishments - such as copper.
Glass Grinder and bits
High Temperature Wire
Liquid Glass Stringer
Molds - Ceramic or
Mosaic Tile Nippers
Wire Wrapping Tools
As you can see, glass fusing can get very expensive.
All the glass fusing tools and supplies don't need to be purchased in the beginning.
Starting with the basic tools and supplies will allow you to
and fuse a basic piece of glass.
Then you can slowly purchase other supplies as needed.
You can even use household items such as baking soda to achieve some bubbles.
Venture out and make your own homemade tools and glass fusing supplies.
These tools and supplies include and are not limited to using:
Aloe Vera Gel
Liquid Glass Stringer
The most expensive items on these lists are the kiln
and glass saw
The kiln is a necessity, but you can wait to purchase a grinder and glass saw.
There are so many types and sizes of kilns.
Decide what your space and needs are before you purchase.
Search for prices, not only for the product, but shipping costs.
Kilns are not light and the shipping might be expensive.
These are things to consider before you purchase.
There are many different types of grinders in a variety of price ranges.
These are not necessary to do glass fusing, but sure come in handy for smoothing out edges, or taking off just a little glass.
There are also a few different glass saws available.
This is an item you might not need or want at first.
I can tell you from experience, though, once you try one, you won't want to hand cut your glass any more.
After and extensive search of the internet and local stores for a glass saw, I found that Diamond Drill and Tool has the best prices around.
Even with shipping I saved about $60 on purchasing my glass saw from this company.
Once you have a few pieces you are going to want to invest in a good camera so that you can photograph all these pieces!
Check out the section on
Photographing Fused Glass
for further information.
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