Kiln Mold Preparation

One of the most confusing issues in the industry is mold prep.  Part of this confusion has come from the elimination of some products and the decision on what to substitute. One of the recent questions I’ve had (and hear often) is What the difference is between the Hotline...

Glue in the Kiln

There is a lot to chat about when it comes to glue in glass fusing. Let’s start with these cute little owls with wonky eyes.  They started out with the pupils glued to the white nugget eyes. Since the glue cooks off at about 450F, the eyes just slid...

Just For Fun Contest Winners 2022

What amazing talent by every participant this year for our annual Just For Fun Contest! Here are our 2022 winners in each category: Share our content!TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedinTumblremail...

2021 IN REVIEW

Glastar burned to the ground on October 18th. Glastar is a leading manufacturer of glass-shaping equipment, tools, accessories, and supplies. The warehouse next door exploded, and the fire quickly spread to the Glastar building. No one at Glastar was hurt, however two people were killed and two were injured...

In Celebration of National Stained Art Glass Month

In honor of National Art Glass Month, Stained Glass Express, hosts an annual contest called “Just For Fun Contest”. Customers of ours, local artists, and any glass enthusiast can enter the contest under three categories: Stained Glass (Copper foil or lead), Hot/Warm Glass (Fused, Torched, Blown), and lastly Mosaics....

Grinder Bits

The biggest question we get about grinder bits is “how long will it last?” Tough one! Depends on how much you use it. A bit can be adjusted up and down, and carefully you can use lots of the surface. Once you get a bare spot, move the bit...

GETTING STARTED – FUSING

Info taken from Spectrum Glass System 96 Getting Started with Kiln-fired Glass WHAT IS FUSING Stacking two or more layers of compatible glass to make a design and then melting it by placing it in a kiln. You can flat fire or slump.  Bring the kiln to 1300 –...

CONTROLLING YOUR SOLDERING IRON TEMPERATURE

Temperature controllers are generally separate units that the iron plugs into.  They are small, easy to use and relatively inexpensive. It operates similar to a light dimmer switch.  By dialing the control to a higher or lower setting, more or less electricity is fed to the iron.  This increases...

SCRAP GLASS INSPIRATION FOR EVERY MONTH!

Everyone is always asking what to do with scrap glass. January Make a pot melt. This is from GrandRidge Glass   February Make a heart.  Put a magnet on the back or fuse in a ring to hang.   March Make it tiny and use up scraps. From Stubridge...

EVEN THE OLD MASTERS LOVE FALL COLORS

Louis Comfort Tiffany PUMPKIN AND BEETS I absolutely love this piece by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933). This was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris. It was later installed in Tiffany’s country estate, Laurelton Hall.  It is currently at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in...