Category Archives: Fusing

Fusing products, technical information and tips from Stained Glass Express.

.. AND THE WINNERS ARE

Each year CBS (Coatings By Sandberg) sponsor a contest called “Dichroic by Design”

Here are this year’s winners!

First Place

Karen Pester “Noah’s Arc”

 

Second Place
Nathalie Strickland “Butterfly Fish” and “Hatching Turtles”

 

 

 

Third Place

Laura Dawson “Fish Totem”

There are also a few Honorable mentions, which are also wonderful.    If you want to see more, you can by following this link: CBS Contest and Winners

PAINT POURS—THE RAGE!

Paint pours is one of the most fun, exciting things to come along in our industry in a while.  It is easy, and the results are amazing.

Many people are doing this on canvas with acrylic paints, but in this industry we are going it on glass with enamel paints that can be fired.

To do one of these projects you need:  paints, layering mix, little cups, stir sticks, butane torch (optional), tray for catching the paint.

https://www.stainedglassexpress.com/glass-paint-layering-mix-8-oz-.html

https://www.stainedglassexpress.com/painting-markers/colors-for-earth-glass-enamels/

Some of the terminology you will hear are as follows:

Dirty Pour.  You pour/layer your paint in a cup and then set the glass on top of the cup and flip it over.  Let the colors slide down and then lift the cup.  So many variations.  You can slide the cup around before picking it up or tilt it.  After the cup is off you can blow with a straw or blow with the butane, drag something through it.  You can also just kind of sling/dump the paint from the cup.  Use more than one cups.

Straight pour:  Paint is poured/drizzled/dropped on the surface one at a time.   Then you can use the variations above.

Once the color is all over the surface you can wait a bit and then gently skin over the wet surface using an old credit card, palette, knife, fan brush etc.  You can use the butane to bring up bubbles or pop air bubbles.

Other fun things are to use a colander for pouring, or a sifter to sift dry powdered color on a wet base, a slotted spoon to create patterns, funnel to create pours.  Let your imagination run wild!

 

 

WHICH SIDE IS THE COATED SIDE OF DICHROIC

Some Info from The Frog Blog

Dichroic glass is so beautiful and there are so many uses, it is just delightful.  However, there are a few problems that knowledge can help deal with.

One is that it is impossible to tell 96 from 90 COE if you get them mixed up.  The answer to this one is—DON’T mix them up.  Keep them labeled.  If you keep scrap, keep it in a well-marked box.

It is often important to know which side the dichroic coated side is to get the look you are going for.  If it has a dark base, no problem—you can see it.  However, on a transparent base, it can look the same on both sides!  Reasons you may want to know this?

Cutting.  Always cut on the non-coated side of the glass.  It will help prevent chipping, especially on textured glass.  It also saves your cutter.

Coated Side Down.  When using the coated side down or capped with clear glass, the dichroic glass will have a smooth glossy surface and sparkle like glitter.  It will also change colors between the transmitted color and a completely different reflective color, depending of the angle of view.

Coated Side Up.   If you use the dichroic glass with the coated side up or uncapped, the dichroic surface will have a highly metallic sheen.  The piece may additional be rough and textured depending on the type of dichroic glass you are using.

This is what to do.  Place the glass over a dark background.  Look at the glass at an angle so that you are seeing the reflection of the dichroic.  Touch the surface with a paperclip (don’t scratch it).  The paperclip will reflect.

To know your answer.  Does the reflection meet the paper clip, or there a gap between the clip and its reflection?

MICA ILLUSIONS TRANSFERS

MICA ILLUSION TRANSFERS

Illusions transfers are 3×3 transfers than come in Silver, Champagne and Gold. They are new to the market and we will be introducing them at Stained Glass Express in April. (2018)

 

Will work on any coe.  Not for food bearing surfaces.

The white parts of the stencils is where your glass will show. The color part is actual mica backed with enamel, so it adheres to the glass.  Fires at lowest possible.  If you fire too high the mica will adhere too much to the glass in the negative areas because the glass is softening.

You don’t have to use dichroic glass for these because the mica is so awesome. You could do it on anything. Clear, dichroic or anything!  Experiment. These samples are on black glass.  They are hi fire decals.  1250F to 1300F.

Glass MUST BE pre fused. Then add the mica transfer.

Remove the wax carrier

Soak the transfer in distilled water take off the backing and apply to your fired cabochon.

Smooth out air bubbles with paper towel.

Let dry. 3 hours might be enough, but you probably should do over night

 

 

DICHROIC GLASS

DICHROIC GLASS

MOST INFO FROM HOWARD SANDBERG OF COATINGS BY SANDBERG

Dichroic glass is one of the most beautiful things SGE carries and it has been one of the most challenging.  It was kind of nice to see on CBS page “the history of dichroic glass” that Howard says, “When you look at the history of an artist using Dichroic coated glass, it appears that the artist has been under the major handicap of not having any information on what he or she was working with.  These artists were exposed to a piece of glass that had interesting color effects but came from a very complex and scientific industry not easily understood.  These ‘high-tech’ coatings were capable of reflecting a narrow band of light (or one color) and at the same time, transmitting the remaining part of light.”  So at least it was not just us facing challenges.

I could go on about how the development of this metal film was done by our military and aerospace industries.  The text would make your head hurt!  It was 30 years (mid 70s) ago when CBS started production for art applications.

When SGE first brought in some dichroic glass it was a big deal.  We made a special display rack for it.  We were displaying 1 piece that was about 2×4 inches of each one.  We outgrew that fast!

Then we would get questions about what it was going to do.  We had some idea but not much.  To complicate things, we didn’t even always know what we were getting.  A customer would buy a piece that was rainbow or mixed and one part of the glass would behave one way and another part another way.  Then our suppliers started to drill down and offer a standard stock and good descriptions.

We changed our sku system and our descriptions to help our customers know what they were buying and to help us have them organized in a way that the customer could find what they wanted, and we would have a way to see gaps in our inventory and keep our stock consistent.

About five years into stocking this glass we bought a shrink wrap machine.  We bring in the glass, cut it, shrink wrap it and label it.  No more ruined pieces from scratches and no more fighting to get the glue from the label off the glass.

We stock CBS (Coatings by Sandberg), Profusion, and Austin Thin Films.  We stock both 90 and 96.

Just recently we have started to look into stocking some 104 and 33 coe for out bead workers and glass blowers.

How to use the Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

This info is all from the Pantone website

We have created eight different color palettes that feature PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs. All color bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. With Ultra Violet as a versatile trans-seasonal and gender-neutral anchor in every palette, each of the eight palettes conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood and can easily cross-over fashion and accessories, beauty, home interiors, and graphic design applications.

To further inspire your creative juices, within each of these eight color stories we have also included three suggested color harmonies. The color harmonies provide you with examples of how individual colors in the palette can be mixed together and in what proportion or measure. The uniquely developed color bars which make up the color harmony accompany each highlighted color story.

We also strongly encourage you to explore each of these eight palettes on your own. Create your own combinations. Develop your own individualized color mixes. Imagine and invent. Experiment and express. And most importantly, have fun. There has never been a better time to be original and leave your very own colorful mark on the world.

PURPLE HAZE COLOR HARMONIES

Embodying calmness, a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly commingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and time-honored.

KINDRED SPIRITS COLOR HARMONIES

Sitting side by side on the color wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humor and playful exuberance makes for easy and engaging color mixes.

DRAMA QUEEN COLOR HARMONIES

An unusual combination of show-stopping saturated color with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.

INTRIGUE COLOR HARMONIES

Invoking a sense of mystery, a palette of nature’s blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic, exudes a quiet strength.

QUIETUDE COLOR HARMONIES

Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accented by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.

ATTITUDE COLOR HARMONIES

Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated color which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.

DESERT SUNSET COLOR HARMONIES

Emulating a desert sunset, this is a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the early evening sky.

FLORAL FANTASIES COLOR HARMONIES

Inspired by the colors we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.

Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet!

Pantone (the folks who assign color #s to paint among other things) has announced that the 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet.

How beautiful is that!!!

This is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the pantone color institute says about the choice.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination.  It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-383 Ultra Violet, a blue based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.  From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Look to next weeks blog to see how to combine the color of the year with other colors.

Here are some violets from our stock!

Spectrum Deep Violet with Pale Purple Streaks Cathedral Waterglass

Blue and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass

Purple and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass

Bullseye Deep Royal Purple Fusible Glass 90 COE

Spectrum Grape Opal Waterglass SilverCoat Mirror

Spectrum Violet Cathedral Fusible 96 COE

Tips from the Glass Academy: Cleaning Tips – Dichro

Cleaning is always major.  This tip is from Profusion Glass one of the manufacturers of Dichroic glass that we stock.

Their tip is to wipe the glass with a 50/50 solution of pure ammonia and distilled water followed by a wipe down with denatured alcohol.

 

There are other products out there also.  Our preference in our studio is The Solution Flux Solution Flux Remover.  It is a concentrate, so it goes a long way.

Probably right up there with a favorite with our customers and staff is Kwik clean.   It does a good job and is very convenient because of the spray bottle.

Tips from the Glass Academy: Trouble with Bubbles

The May/June 2017 Glass Art Magazine has a great article called Ending Bubble Trouble.  It was written by Paul Turlow.

I am going to do just a little summary here, but if you are interested in the complete article, you can go to www.glassartmagazine.com and buy the issue.

Causes of trapped air:

  1. This is a very common one.  Something goes wrong with your shelf.  It might be warped or get a gouge in it.  It is difficult to sand out gouges but maybe.  If warped you might be able to flip it over. A down warp won’t create bubbles.  An up warp will.
  2. Design elements on the bottom that can trap air.
  3. Design elements that create extra weight on the edge. Since glass heats up and sags under it’s own weight this can caused trapped air.
  4. Large Projects. The wider the project the farther the air has to travel to escape.  To prevent you can provide a path for the air to escape.  You can do with fibre paper.  The porous helps.  There is a lot in the article about this.  Also if you are using side heat you can baffle the heat with kiln furniture.  The method we use is the “bubble squeeze firing schedule to allow the air to escape.

Another prevention is not going hotter than you need to.

 

Then there are the time when you just love the trapped air!

Tips from the Glass Academy: DID YOU KNOW

DID YOU KNOW

This about Stained Glass Express

 

If you take a class anywhere, you are eligible for a 10% discount during that class at Stained Glass Express.  We don’t have enough staff to enter these to happen automatically so please remind the cashier that you are taking a class.

If you take a class at Stained Glass Express, you are eligible for a 20% discount at Stained Glass Express.  Please remind the cashier you are in a class.  You also can work in the Glass Academy whenever we are open and there is space.

If you are a veteran, you are eligible for our “Thanks for Serving the USA” discount.

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/veterans.html

 

If you are eligible for a discount, it is good for almost everything in the store.  If you want to buy a gift your discount applies.  Just remember to tell the cashier.  We have even added some of these gifts to our on-line store and will begin featuring some for the holiday season.  Exceptions are labor, class tuition, things in The Gallery (they don’t belong to SGE) and just a couple of products (that we try to keep marked) because we don’t have a markup on them to discount.

If you are an art teacher in either a private or public setting you are eligible to take beginner classes at The Glass Academy for free!

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/teach_the_teacher.html

 

 

We are a distributor of Olympic Kilns and Bethlehem Burners.  Big items for a small company like us to sell so competitively.  If you have a class or veteran or wholesale discount, the discount applies.  When buying a kiln you also get a free class to you how to program it and run it.  We stock several different kilns but can special order a different one for you.  You can view the selection at www.greatkilns.com

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/flameworking_glassblowing/annealers-bench-burners-

accessories

 

 

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/fusing_supplies/kilns-and-accessories

 

Did you know you can rent time in our Glass Academy to work on project and you can pay for kiln space.   You can rent by the day or the month.

We sponsor two contests per year.  One the Just For Fun contest in April that celebrates National Stained Glass Month.  There is a special sale that goes along with this even.  The second is a themed contest called The Amazing Glass Challenge and it is in October.

 

Stained Glass Express has other events and monthly sales.  Please sign up for our e newsletter to stay in the loop on those.

 

We have different types of class.  Classes where you want to learn the skill so you can do it on your own after in Stained Glass Copper Foil Method, Lead Method, Mosaics, Fusing, Glass Blowing and Bead Making.  We have Friends Night Out where you can just come for an evening and drink wine, eat appetizers and with no experience make something wonderful!  We have an Art & Healing Program where the classes lend themselves to people healing from an experience.  Special classes for special skills, private parties –you just name it!

http://www.stainedglassexpress.com/stained_glass_classes_and_events.html