Category: Tips

That’s Pretty Shifty!

Shifty and CFL are two terms to describe the same thing — a pallet of glass that changes color based on the light that it is under. CFL stands for “compact fluorescent light.” The glass changes its apparent color in fluorescent lighting. The first CFL/shifty glass was done by...

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...

Mind the Gap!

How close should your glass pieces be? They should be close enough so that you are comfortable with how heavy a solder line you will end up with. To help prevent uneven spaces, here are some hints: Use push pins or jigs to hold your glass in place while...

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...

Foils.. why so many?

  We often see people just standing in front of our foil display looking overwhelmed!  Here is a picture of our display just so you can see how overwhelming it is! As you can see, we have three different brands in our store.  We just recently switched from Venture...

LITTLE HANGERS

When doing jewelry or small pieces there are several ways to hang.  What you don’t want to do is ruin the looks!  One of the cleanest looks is a jewelry bail which is glued on when the piece is out of the kiln. Available in different sizes, shapes and...

The Beginner’s Torch Trap: A Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide Part 1

Thank you to Bethlehem Burners for this Blog! If you landed here, you must be interested in buying your first lampworking torch! It’s an exciting time and you’ll want to feel confident in your purchase. In part one of our Lampworking Torch Buyer’s Guide, we’ll address concerns about buying a...