Archive for September, 2008

Hardiebacker/Durock/Wonderboard – Cement Boards

09/20/08 – Cement Boards – When working with a hot kiln and molten glass, safety is always a concern. While recently taking another Vitrigraph class, they informed us about these different cement boards that even molten glass won’t burn.

In the previous class glass had fallen on the floor and left its mark, but fortunately didn’t start a fire. This time around they had the floor and table protected with some cement boards. The boards of choice were Hardiebacker (sometimes spelled Hardibacker) and Durock. The instructor preferred the Durock because it is completely concrete with an embedded fiber mesh on the top and bottom and does a fantastic job of insulating. He states that it is easily cut using a utility knife and then the board is just snapped like a piece of glass. All of these products can be purchased at your local hardware store.

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Fused Glass Bails

09/12/08 – Fused Glass Bails – There are many different choices in how you finish off your fused glass artwork. If you choose to turn this piece into a cabochon or pendant, what are your choices for bails? Here are a few suggestions:

Channel Bail – Making a channel or opening in the glass during the fusing process.

Charm Jewelry Bails– Charms can be added as the actual bail or as an adornment to a piece.

Glass Bail – These bails can be purchased in clear or black to fuse onto a glass pendant, or make them in any color you choose.

Gold or Silver Plated Bails – Bails that can be purchased and glued to a finished piece.

High Temp Wire Bails– A high temperature wire can be fused into the artwork during the firing process and used as a bail.

Pinch Bail – These bails require drilling a hole in a finished piece to attach.

PMC3 Bail – PMC is a very creative way of adding that special touch to any piece.

Rubber Channel Bail – Using a clear piece of rubber tubing to make a bail for jewelry.

Wire Wrapped Bail – Wire can be used to wrap a piece or add a bail.

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