Archive for January, 2010

Kemper Fluid Writer

01/28/10 – Kemper Fluid Writer Pen – The Kemper Pen, also acknowledged as the Kemper Fluid Writer Pen, is a terrific instrument for signing art or adding small items to fused glass. They can be purchased in two dissimilar sizes. The big size creates a mark that is like to employing an extra-fine Sharpie; whilst the little size of it is comparatively superfine, similar to a crow-quill pen. These may be bought online or at a ceramic supply store.

Contrary to an average pen used for penning, this tool is consisted of a cup to accommodate the fluid and a little empty tube jutting out from the bottom of the cup. The littler pen has a fine line steel tip with an opening of around 1/ 64 inch diameter, whilst the bigger one has a broad line steel tip with and opening of about 1/32 inch diameter.

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Reaching Tongs

01/28/10 – Reaching Tongs – There are a couple of times in your fusing encounter when the requirement of utilizing reaching tongs could come in handy. These are but one of the numerous glass fusing tools that should be on hand for a needed function. A reaching tool is terrific for getting at hot items that are deep in a hot the kiln. This could be to align the glass or to maneuver glass in a particular processes. They are also employed for taking hold of up red-hot items inside the kiln.

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01/27/10 – Mandrel – Mandrel is sometimes misspelled mandril. This tool is applied to pre-fused glass to create a hole or channel in the glass. This could be for attaching additional pieces to the glass such as a necklace or chopsticks in a sushi plate.

In fusing, these poles could be constructed out of several materials that either can hold up to the warmth within a kiln or will burn off entirely. Whatsoever substance is employed it still necessitates coating with a bead release material to restrain the glass from adhering the rod.

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Glass Rods

01/26/10 – Glass Rods – Once made exclusively for lamp working, glass rods can also be used for glass fusing methods. These cylinder shaped thick pieces of glass are used to enhance fusing projects. Like all your glass, be sure that you purchase glass rods that have the same COE as the rest of your fusing glass. Line them up or use them to outline a pattern. They can be used for various unique ideas.

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Stainless Steel Wire

01/24/10 – Fine Silver Wire – Fine silver wire is .999 pure, while sterling silver is only .925 pure. This makes it a fantastic wire to use as an inclusion in your glass fusing projects. After firing the wire may have a white matt finish and be weak. The resulting white matt needs to be cleaned off to bring the piece back to a silver finish and it will need to be hardened to make the piece usable. Tumbling the piece in a tumbler with a stainless steel shot will help to harden the metal and shine up the wire.

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Chapstick or Beeswax to Protect Marks

01/18/10 – Chapstick/Beeswax – Chapstick or beeswax is used to protect marks on glass. It can be very frustrating to mark a pattern on glass just to have it quickly wash off during either grinding or cutting glass. This waxy coating is used to keep the marks intact during these procedures saving not only time but the frustration of remarking glass.

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Removing Bead Release

01/11/10 – Removing Bead Release – Removing bead release after firing a piece can sometimes be difficult to accomplish. This page gives a few suggestions for removing this release after firing.

In glass fusing, bead release is used to cover mandrels. Once dried, these are then placed between pieces of glass to leave a channel or opening in the glass. The release will turn from a grey-brown to white when fired and then can be removed from the glass. It is not always easy to remove some of the material, so this page offers some suggestions on how to remove the substance.

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