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:

  • Breaking Pliers
  • Cutter Oil
  • Fusing Glass
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Glass Cutter
  • Grozing Pliers
  • Newspaper
  • Running Pliers
  • Goggles
  • Soft shoe brush
  • Add the following basic list for fusing:

  • Kiln
  • Kiln Furniture
  • Kiln Wash/Primer
  • Kiln Shelf
  • Dust Masks
  • Fusing Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Haik Brush
  • books or tapes

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • glass fusing tools and supplies

    As you get more involved in fusing, you should consider all the following glass fusing tools and supplies:

  • Bails
  • Bubble Powder
  • Chap Stick
  • Circle cutter - To make cutting circles easier.
  • Crinkled Dichroic Glass
  • Cubic Zirconia
  • Dichroic Coated Paper
  • Dichroic Glass
  • Dremel Drill with Diamond Bits - to drill holes in your glass and Dichroic Pendants.
  • Embellishments - such as copper.
  • Embossing Tools

  • Enamels
  • Fiber paper
  • Frit
  • Fusing Paper
  • Glass Clay
  • Glass Powder
  • Glass Saw
  • Glass Sifter
  • Glassline paints
  • Glass Grinder and bits
  • Hardibacker Board
  • High Temperature Wire
  • Jewelry Blanks
  • Jewelry Findings
  • Fusing Glue
  • Liquid Glass Stringer
  • Mandrels
  • Mica Powder
  • Molds - Ceramic or Stainless Steel

  • Morton Products
  • Mosaic Tile Nippers
  • Noodles
  • Reaching Tongs
  • Ruling Pen
  • Stringers

  • 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 cut glass 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
  • Bead Release
  • Devit Spray
  • Frit
  • Fusible Paper
  • Frit Blends
  • Glass Clay
  • Kiln Wash
  • Liquid Glass Stringer
  • Making Molds.

  • The most expensive items on these lists are the kiln, grinder 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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