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...

Happy Birthday, Marc Chagall!

Marc Chagall, one of the great artists of our time, would have been 132 on July 7 this year. He was born in the Russian Empire and worked with paint and stained glass. But he was a bit of a late bloomer in the stained glass medium — he...

Gallery of Excellence 2019

The largest glass and bead expo in America, Glass Craft & Bead Expo, is held every year at the fabulous South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is not on the strip, but you can take a shuttle to the strip, if you wish. If...

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...

Oxygen Concentrators

When we set up our flame room in our new location, we put a lot of thought into how we would get gas and oxygen to the burners. We ended up with piped-in gas and oxygen concentrators and think it is a great system. We started with hot head...

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...