Category: Tips

Cutting Tip — Does the Cutter Matter?

Is the sky blue? Rudi Gritsch, former Director of Research at Bullseye Glass Co. and a world-class glass cutter, says you should buy the best cutter you can afford. If you are a good glass cutter and do not have to rely on a grinder or saw, you will...

From Problem to Solution!

July 20, 2019, marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and this anniversary was covered often in the news. It brought to mind my favorite scene from a movie, Apollo 13 — “From Problem to Solution.” It is also called the “duct tape and cardboard” solution....

Copyright Infringement Concerns

Weird situation in my mind. You buy a pattern book because you like a pattern in it. If you make up the piece and sell it, have you committed copyright infringement? Technically, yes. If, however, you make the piece and hang it in your den, you have not committed...

Color

There is no better time to talk about color than fall in Maine! In the art glass world, we deal with color all the time. What a wonderful industry! One of the tricks of the trade is knowing how to combine colors. There is a tool called the color...

Repairing a Crack

Copyright 2019 by The Flow. All rights reserved. This is from the Spring Nature Issue. They have given us permission to reprint it. It is a except from the book, “Parallels Between Hot Glass and Human Existence”. The Village Iterate Taking the time to thoroughly reheat a piece in...

Types of Glass

Other than basic opalescent and cathedral glass, there are further breakdowns of glass types under these two main headings. Opalescent is mixed with white and cathedral is see-through. Every manufacturer has its own variation of how it has handled these variations, so we end up with an industry filled...

A Guide to Commonly Used Terms in the Art Glass Field

This guide is based on document originally put out by Spectrum Glass in 2000. This listing of frequently used terms and their brief descriptions includes those which apply to the products of all art glass manufacturers and not just those used in connection with Spectrum Glass. It is written in...

Creative vs. Organized

Should the title be “creative vs organized” or “getting your left and right brain to get along?” Your left brain controls things like analytical thinking, numbers, language, reasoning, logic, science and math. The right brain controls emotional intelligence, imagination, expression, art awareness, intuition and creativity. Most people feel they...

Little Tips and Workarounds

Can’t keep your foil under control? Here is an idea — you can use a copper foil dispenser! It will also help if you bag your foil, because it is copper and will oxidize. You can keep your original bag and tape it up, or if you have a...

Circles from Squares

Courtesy of Bullseye Glass You can create nicely rounded cabochons from stacks of 0.75” (20 x 20 mm) squares, thanks to heat, gravity, and the 6 Millimeter Rule. But be careful…they’re addictive! Some Design Layer Possibilities Blue/Vanilla part sheet: Scatter Steel Blue Opalescent coarse frit (000146-0003) onto a base...