Category: Fusing

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...

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...

Y96 Firing Schedule Guidelines

Please adjust hold times for the size of your project. Remember, this is only a guide.  Full Fuse From room temp to 1,000F at 300 degrees per hour, hold 10 minutes From 1,000F to 1,250F at 300 degrees per hour, hold 20 minutes From 1,250F to 1,425F at 300 degrees...

Wissmach Luminescent Glass

Luminescent glass is different than iridescent glass. It is low-fire—not high-fire like iridescent—and is intended for reverse fusing. What is reverse fusing? Reverse fusing means placing your piece facedown on the kiln shelf and building backwards, fire-coated side down. If you are firing on a textured mold, place a...

Bottle Club

FUSING GLASS BOTTLES OR “HIDING THE EVIDENCE” Don’t you just hate to throw out those wine and liquor bottles?  They are quite nice with the graceful shapes and the beautiful colors.   Make them into fused art! First (and most important) step is to clean them.  The labels and any...

Glass Fusing Q&A

  Q: When I fuse my projects, sometimes I get medium to small bubbles. What causes them and how can I prevent them? A: Bubbles can be caused by many different things. First, uneven stacking of glass can result in air trapped between layers. To prevent this from occurring, check the...

STAINLESS STEEL MOLD PREP

This was fun!  A customer came in with a stainless bowl that she had slump a thick piece of glass over.  It stuck! She broke the ruined bowl off, but a very thin layer of glass remained on the mold.  That prompted a discussion on how to get the...

Fusing with Non-Fusible

I have written many times about COE (coefficient of expansion) and how never to mix COEs.  But what about art glass..  Can you fuse that?  Yes you can! It is not like tested glass where everything that is 96 COE can be fused together.  You cannot fuse one piece...

PAINT POURS—THE RAGE!

Paint pours are 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...