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New fusing products, stained glass products, gift line, and jewelry making supplies from Stained Glass Express.

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!

 

 

Oceanside Update: Manufacturers of Spectrum and Uroboros Glass

On 10/26/2017 we received and update from Oceanside.  Their current progress is that Glass is out to market.

 

I have put their list at the bottom of this blog.   Stained Glass Express is bringing it in as fast as the distributors have it.  We have also tried our very best to keep a strong and long color palette during this crisis.

Great news is that Frist production is underway!

System 96 and fx90 is in production.  (that is the fusible glass) Note there is not much on the production list at the bottom of this blog.

We are so happy that Oceanside is totally making this happen and that they are just great about keeping us informed.

The picture at the top is from their factory.

Spectrum Products:

·         100SF-ICE

·         A-100SEEDY

·         100SEEDY

·         100W

·         200S

·         A-100W

·         BR-CLEAR

·         100G

·         337-2S

·         125W

·         152G

·         518-1W

·         518-1RR

·         327-6S

·         526-2SF

·         591-1W

·         526-2RR

·         591-1RR

·         528-1SF

·         828-91S

·         305S

·         100RR

·         100QR

·         I-100SF-ICE

·         100GG

·         100C

·         100V

·         100SNSEEDY

·         309S

·         307S

·         180-8RR

·         389-1S

·         100SN

·         100A

·         828-72S

·         385-2S

·         387-2S

·         838-94S

·         838-74S

·         538-4W

·         538-2SF

·         538-2SF-2

·         140-8W

·         349-1S

·         349-2S

·         142W

·         349-6S

·         146W

·         1009SF

·         1009S

·         1009SF-2

·         200CC

·         838-72S

·         838-52S

·         200-91W

Uroboros Products:

 

·         60-2502-96-4

·         60-726-96-4

·         11-25-96-4

·         60-70-5

·         60-77-5

·         65-14-5

·         60-005-96-4

·         00-361-5

·         60-466-5

·         60-602-96-4

·         60-755-96-4

·         60-5005-96-4

·         60-611-96-4

·         60-74-5

·         60-5605-96-4

·         60-00-96GIR-4

·         60-77-96-4

·         60-25-5

·         65-35-5

·         65-74-5

·         70-70-5

·         60-6125-96-4

·         60-615-96-4

·         60-906-96-4

·         00-74-5

·         60-612-96-4

·         20-765-5

·         60-00-96IR-4

·         60-707-96-4

·         60-14-5

·         65-05-5

·         60-404-96IR-4

·         00-20-5

·         00-36-5

·         11-45-5

·         60-165-5

·         60-37-5

·         60-56-90GIR-5

·         60-5615-90-5

·         60-610-90-5

·         60-751-5

·         65-56-90-5

·         58-00-96-4

·         58-56-96IR-4

·         60-5600-96-4

·         60-6120-96-4

·         60-7555-96-4

·         60-774-96IR-4

·         60-165-4

·         60-56-96SIR-4

·         60-707-96IR-4

·         61-611-96-4

·         61-755-96-4

·         60-14-4

·         60-56-96IR-4

·         60-57-96-4

·         00-43-5

·         11-45-96-4

·         12-424-96-4

·         61-00-96IR-4

·         60-357-90-4

·         60-357-90-5

·         60-6060-90-5

·         60-003-96-4

·         60-906-96IR-4

·         50-05-5

·         60-408-90-5

·         60-436-90-5

·         14-406-96-4

·         60-070-96-4

 

 

 

You Mean I Can Use Them ‘Over n Over’ Again!?

You Mean I Can Use Them ‘Over n Over’ Again!? By Melissa Bardsley

Armour Etch has a new line of etching stencils called ‘Over n Over’ that is quickly growing and we didn’t want you to be left out of the loop.

This new type of stencil is called ‘Over n Over’ which just like the name says can be used over and over again. Anyone who has ever used etching stencils can appreciate the struggle of using that one design you really like and then wanting to use it again but there are no more in the package and are now faced with the tough decision of do you buy another package to just use that one stencil again or suck it up and make do with the ones you have left. This problem has been solved ( Woooo!) these new stencils are more durable and are able to be used multiple times by both those that sandblast and those that use the etching cream. The amounts of times you can reuse them is dependent on how intense you are sandblasting and how well you take care of them but it is safe to say you should be able to get 15-20 uses out of them. This is fantastic news for those that struggle with making decisions and chronically has use regret when etching.

This new line of etching stencils makes it easier and more cost efficient t o do etching at events! One fun activity that you can do at a party is have everyone decorate their own drinking glass using the ‘Over n Over’ stencils and etch cream, your guest now won’t confuse their glass with someone else’s  and they have a unique party favor.

There are tons of stencils available on our website and if you can’t find what you are looking for there is blank stencil material available so that you can create your own unique designs.

 Click here to see our supply of Over ‘n’ Over stencils!

Don’t forget to share pictures of your creations on our Facebook page and social media!

CHROMIUM IS THE NEW—NO– OLD—NO—NEW–GREEN!

The great news is that the Oregon Department of Environmental quality is allowing Bullseye Glass to once again use chromium in their manufacturing.  They can use it immediately.  (this is July 2017)

It will take a bit of time to build inventory levels and get them back in the supply chain but we will once again see.

Spring Green Opalescent BE012630f

Click here to purchase Spring Green!

Spring green transparent BE142630F

Click here to purchase Transparent Spring Green!

Aventurine Green BE111231F

Click here to purchase Aventurine Green!

Light Aventurine Green BE141230F

Click here to purchase Light Aventurine Green!

BORN IN FIRE—FUELED BY IMAGINATION

BORN IN FIRE—FUELED BY IMAGINATION

The Transformation and Rebirth of Uroboros Glass

This just could not be more exciting.  Last May when the Glass almost died and a lot of thought it had, was a real time of scrambling around to keep glass on the shelves.  Now the anticipation of a steady supply chain is just so uplifting!

The Uroboros image of the dragon consuming its own tale is a symbol of nature’s infinite cycle.  One thing ending and another beginning.

So here we go!!!

https://vimeo.com/223705522

Exciting News from Oceanside Glass Tile!

THIS FROM OCEANSIDE GLASS!! –Very exciting news!

photo from https://www.facebook.com/OceansideGlasstile

                                                     photo from https://www.facebook.com/OceansideGlasstile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAql6byM5PI to see the first sheets coming off the lehr and being packed up for distribution!  The announcement that Spectrum was closing was on May 11, 2016.  It was a very bleak day.  This is the BEST!!!

June 6, 2017 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Oceanside Glass & Tile – Spectrum production commences. The elation of witnessing the first ribbon flow through the forming rollers felt (almost) like the birth of a child. The awe, the powerful presence of something new in the face of serious sacrifice. A pulse, a deep breath, and the moment became a weightless miracle as the glass began its journey through the lehr. Now don’t get us wrong, a human birth certainly bears more significance, and our very own Brandon Byhre (long time Spectrum employee), Vice President of Glass Technology, celebrated the birth of his first daughter with his wife just hours before production began. A truly auspicious time for all our family at Oceanside Glass & Tile. For those of you in the Art Glass Community who have been patiently waiting for this next chapter of Spectrum production, we formally announce the inaugural roll at OGT. It’s hard to believe it was just over a year ago in May 2016 (391 days to be exact), when the Spectrum announcement shocked us all. It immediately presented a significant challenge to the entire art glass community and seemed like a potential end to a major supplier. Today, it is hard to imagine a better outcome for distributors and artists alike. The owners of Spectrum have provided tremendous resources, guidance and leadership to make sure that their legacy is left in good hands. Craig and Kyle Barker have remained completely committed to seeing the transition through to the best possible future. This new era of Spectrum Glass production in Mexico is the culmination of optimistic spirits accepting a rather massive challenge and a testament to the incredible power of team work. The entire group from both Spectrum and OGT worked tirelessly for months to bring the production line to fruition. From training and decommissioning the systems to seventy truckloads of equipment, building out the infrastructure and implementing production took a dream team of glass makers who kicked some serious glass! It is humbling to experience the dedication and downright tenacity it took to pull off the project in this timeframe (by coincidence the same as human gestation). If this were a “Thank You” speech it would take hours, but there are some key individuals that deserve recognition, big hugs, high fives and a round on the house. From the first day OGT employees set foot in Woodinville, WA, Spectrum friends embraced them with a willingness to share, teach and mentor their OGT counterparts. The relationships and resulting cooperation has exceeded all expectations, and we deeply thank the entire team that welcomed OGT and opened the door to this possibility. We value your support and are so grateful for your friendship. In no particular order…Brandon Byhre, Dean Granberg, Rich Rushing, Greg Boxford, Jesus Rios, Randy Hamel, Scandia Wood, Walt Nelson… These glass makers have over 100 years of combined experience, and they brought every bit of that knowledge to OGT. The operations team at Oceanside Glass & Tile graciously accepts the responsibility for continuing to produce the highest quality glass in the world. We’re extremely excited about the coming months as we ramp up production capacity. This is an awesome beginning to the next chapter in art glass.

PORTABLE GLASS CUTTER

PORTABLE GLASS CUTTER

New Product

 cutter

We tried this product out last summer and really loved it.  It has taken us until now to clear a place in the classroom to have one to try and make room in the showroom to have them for sale.

steve

This piece of art made by Steve Sinclair was cut on a Portable Glass Cutter.  Strip after strip after strip.  This piece won 2nd price in the 25th Annual Just For Contest in 2017 in the Warm Glass Category.

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We have kept the price as low as we can so discount cannot be applied to us.  Currently it is $295.00.

The Portable glass cutter was designed to make cutting glass quick and easy. The cutting action is smooth and effortless. There is no assembly needed, just start cutting. The Portable glass cutter excels at cutting glass strips, squares and rectangles for large and small projects. It features a 13” cutting width, and a custom centering ruler. The custom centering ruler has both inch and metric graduations, with the inch side having markers every 3/8” for strip projects.

Be free to be creative. Don’t let the daunting task of cutting hundreds or thousands of glass strips, squares or rectangles stop you from creating your masterpiece.

WHEN WILL WE SEE YOU AGAIN (when will we share precious moments)

image from: http://www.glasstile.com/

image from: http://www.glasstile.com/

So now you will be hearing that song in your head all day!

The schedule below is what Oceanside is sharing about their Spectrum production schedule.  As you can see, it is going to take some time to have a steady supply of all the glass numbers.  Over a year.  We have already made many of our numbers inactive because all our suppliers are out of them.  Unless Oceanside put them on the list of glass they will not produce we will continue to save room for them.  We also, at this point have a pretty good stock.   We have tried to fill in the gaps in the 96 fusibles with Wissmach and have a great stock of that.

So no reason, as Oceanside says, that we cannot “keep it glassy!”

Oceanside just sent the following information about their schedule, hopefully this helps with your planning.

1ST SET OF FURNACES (Summer & Fall 2017):
Clear textures
Clear Fusible
Solid Opal Fusible 96:
– Ambers
– Yellow
– Orange
– Reds
– Champagne
– Bronze

2ND SET OF FURNACES (Fall & Winter 2017/2018):
Clear textures
Non-Fusible Opal mixes:
– Blues
– Greens
– Purples
– Black
– Teal
– Steel
– Navy
– Seagreen
– Copper
– Deep Aqua

As you know the color palette is vast and they are anticipating 9-12 months before they run through most colors. Note: not all products in each color base will be produced initially, their focus will be on the most requested products and will move on to those left behind as they make their way through the second cycle on each furnace.

SPECTRUM GLASS THAT OCEANSIDE WILL NOT MANUFACTURE

GOING:  This is a list of glass that Oceanside has decided not to produce. 

Glass that we did stock but are out of *

Glass that we stock and still have some **

Non-fusible:

1 2 3 4 5

All SP

110.2v pale amber Vecchio

110.8S medium amber smooth

123s medium green smooth

1308v pale blue Vecchio

1408v pale purple Vecchio

142s light purple smooth

**1808v pale gray Vecchio

**22076s dk green opal

23076s cobalt blue

24072s mauve opal

26072s yellow opal

29161s champagne opal

**29191w champagne water

3471si pale purple/white irid

5238rr hunter green rough rolled

**5238w hunter green water

**5284rr olive green rough rolled

5284w olive green water

5386rr navy blue rough rolled

**82398s hunter green/white wispy

82894s olive green/white wispy

**Br/400 black/clear baroque

*Br/430 blue/clear baroque

**Br/6026 emerald/white/clear baroque

*Br/6039 blue/white/clear baroque

**Br/6000 black/white/clear baroque

**Br/champagne/clear baroque

**Br/cinnamon/clear baroque

**Sp609286cc heather

 

Fusible-System 96

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*146sf dark purple

**5238sf hunter green

5284sf olive green

5386sf navy blue

**3972sf crystal opal pink wispy

*40009sf black/clear wispy

*63376sf crystal opal/aqua/cobalt blue wispy

**6357sf philly

**6947sf geneva

STATUS OF OUR INDUSTRY

As of January 2017

SPECTRUM—Has stopped manufacturing.  They are still shipping some stock from their warehouse.  This is later than we all expected.  We thought they would be sweeping the floors in January.  It is far from being a complete stock.  We are no longer seeing baroque, not much waterglass, no fusers reserve and lots of gaps.   Their equipment has been moved to Oceanside Glasstile and they are in the process of setting it up.  We are hoping to see production in April.

UROBORUS—Is still manufacturing some colors.  No opal red, green, yellow or orange.  That stock has pretty much disappeared.  That includes sheet glass, rods, frit noodles and stringers.    They have also sold their assets to Oceanside.  They are closing one department at a time and moving it to Mexico.  Their plan is totally end production on Oregon by Feb 1 and restart in Mexico in May.  That is three month with stock already difficult!

WISSMACH—Still producing and must be very, very busy.  Stained Glass Express added their fusible 96 line when Spectrum announced they were closing and now stock every number of their fusible line but struggle to keep it in stock.  There just does not seem to be much available.   We have always stocked a little Wissmach in 90 coe and a lot of their art glass.

YOUGHIOGHENY—Have not seem to have been affected by EPA and our stock has remained stable.  We have been talking a little with them about their 83coe line but they encouraged us to wait as they are making some changes.

KOKOMO—They also do have seemed to have been affected by the EPA and stock has remained stable.

ARMSTONG—I have no idea why their stock is so unavailable.  They are made by Kokomo and Wissmach and maybe just because they are busy they are not doing the Armstrong.  Too bad.

BULLSEYE—Bullseye seemed to have come out on the other side of the crisis.  They were the first to be hit by the EPA and were shut down for a time.  They still are not producing anything with cadmium so there are some gaps but yet we have not had trouble getting most of our stock.  They have installed a lot of equipment and are continuing to install more.  Prices have increased as a result if the investment.  The equipment is very expensive.  I think I read that every baghouse (the equipment for each furnace) is over $100,000.