Archive for July, 2009

Glassline Chalk


07/30/09 – Glassline Chalk – Chalk is a fantastic way to embellish your fused glass pieces. Some individuals like to use the chalk and then outline the area with Glassline paints.  Since glass is a smooth surface the area to be covered needs to be rough.  A rough area will allow the chalk to grip the surface.

This page will be linked from the Embellishments page.  There are a lot of items that can be used as embellishments in glass fusing, be sure to check it out.

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Kiln Furniture


07/28/09 – Kiln Furniture – Made from alumina, silicon carbide, sillimanite and zirconium silicate, kiln furniture is all the refractory items designed to support glass fusing items inside a kiln. These items consist of the shelves and posts. These refractory items need to be coated with a kiln wash to protect them during the firing process. Coating them with a shelf primer will protect them from glass that could get stuck to the items.

This is another page that is being placed on the site to help individuals new to the fusing process. It is being linked from the Tools and Materials and the Technical Terms pages .

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Jewelry Findings


07/27/09 – Jewelry Findings – Jewelry findings are the tiny little pieces that allow you to turn your fused glass art into various jewelry pieces. They range from bails to clasps and are usually purchased.

I am continuing to update the site with all the little details and pertinent information. Most of these pages are linked from the Tools and Materials and the Technical Terms pages .

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High Temperature Wire


07/20/09 – High Temperature Wire –  This is another page that has been added to the site to update the Tools and Materials page.  High Temperature Wire can withstand the heat of a kiln.   It can be used in many different ways in glass fusing.  Although it can withstand the heat of the hot temperature, it doesn’t stay shiny after firing.

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Haik Brush


07/16/09 – Haik Brush – Continuing to fine tune the web site. I have been adding helpful pages to answer questions beginners might have about all the different tools and supplies that are needed to accomplish glass fusing. A haik brush is used to apply kiln wash to pertinent items that either will or might come into contact with glass during the firing process. It has fine wispy bristles that allow the wash to go on with very little brush stroke marks.

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High Temperature Gloves


07/14/09 – High Temperature Gloves – High temperature gloves are required when working inside the fusing kiln. These are the protection needed for your hands and arms during these sizzling procedures. There are different types available for this purpose. To find out which ones are best for your particular need, be sure to check out this page.

When in pursuit of gloves for glass fusing projects, do your homework. You will want to check pricing, the temperature rating, glove length and the materials used to create the gloves.

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Combing Glass


07/13/09 – Combing Glass – Summer is upon us and if it is not hot enough outside for you, heat up the kiln for this sizzling combing technique. This process does involve working in the blistering hot kiln as you rake a stainless steel rod through some molten glass. It is an exciting technique that will have you impatiently waiting for the kiln to go through the annealing and cooling off stages so you can finally see you finished product. There are several safety precautions that need to be adhered to so be sure to read and follow them for a cautious outcome.

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Dust Masks


07/10/09 – Dust Masks – Dust masks add protection from flying glass or other particles. They cover your nose and mouth area during procedures such as glass cutting. They don’t add the needed protection when doing some of the fusing projects, but they are simple to use and a necessary addition during very basic projects.

I am continuing to update the site with some of the basic technical terms, tools and supplies needed for glass fusing. Although these pages won’t be helpful for those experienced in glass fusing, they are here to assist the individuals who are learning the processes and to help them understand some of the glass fusing equipment.

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