Category: Tips

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...

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...

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...

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...

FOOD SAFE ISSUES

I think I have not researched an issue and come up with less concise data ever.  Here are some things I did find. FUSING The causes of concern when fusing are lead and cadmium. Cadmium when combined with sulfur forms Cadmium Sulfide and results in deep yellow color.  If...

TIDBITS OF INFORMATION

What is the difference between copper wire and tinned copper wire? They are both copper wires.  The tinned wire is a bit easier to use if you are soldering it because it already has a coating of solder on it. https://www.stainedglassexpress.com/metals/wire/ ************************************************************************************************************ So many foils! Different backing, different widths,...

MURPHY’S LAWS FOR STAINED GLASS

(I would like to give credit for this, but I no longer know where I got it) Solder Law:  Hot solder looks exactly like cold solder. Solder Law II:  One lead joint will always be unsoldered. Breakage Law: The number of bad breaks you get is directly proportional to...

SOLDER – WHY DIFFERENT ONES

60/40 60/40 solder is 60% tin and 40% lead. It stays in liquid stage longer, giving you more time to set a smooth bead.  It melts at 372 to 374 degrees F.  It solidifies at 361 degrees F.  This is the most popular solder.  Easy to use, consistent, smooth. ...