Last month we looked at fusing mixed bottle glass and the internal stress that it causes in the glass due to incompatibility. The post was very popular, and I received a number of requests both to explain how to stress test your own glass, and if I could test a bottle glass frit fused on float glass combination. Both are great ideas, so I combined them in what will hopefully be a helpful guide.
Testing for Incompatibility
Setting up the fusing test
Start with the glass that will be tested, we’re using four pieces of float glass and bottle frit in 3 sizes.
Well, we’ve been doing kiln carving patterns together for a long time now, I thought it might be fun to switch it up and make a pattern that is a slightly different shape and can be used in many different ways.
Step 1 – Download the pattern
Download the pattern from the online store. No credit card is required, simply enter your information, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a link for a downloadable file.
The most frequent question that I get is “Can I fuse different kinds of bottles together? I saw someone else doing it and it seems to work.” followed by “My fused bottle projects are breaking in the kiln or later, how do I fix that?” See the pattern? So, I thought I’d show you what is happening IN the glass when you fuse different bottles together. Read more
For our third project using the February Free Kiln Carving pattern, we’re going to create a painted hummingbird dish using our kiln carving stencil as a pattern. If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you should probably start by doing that. Read more
Wondering what to do with all of the bottle glass frit balls we made a while back? Not sure what to do for Valentine’s day? Well, here you go.
These pendants remind me of a classic (in)famous Utah dish called Ambrosia Salad. Essentially jello, cool whip and fruit cocktail all mixed together to make an opaque white-ish not actually food stuff with bits of un-naturally colored fruit floating in it. Read more
Today we are making the bottle glass chimes for the flaming heart windchime that we’ve been working on the past couple weeks. The pattern for the windchime is the free January Kiln Carving Pattern. If you are just joining us, it would be good to read Fusing the Windchime top and Adding Color Frit at some point. Read more
Flaming Heart Windchime with color frit
This is part 2 of a multipart tutorial about making a flaming heart windchime from the free January Kiln Carving Pattern. If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you can find it here. Part 1 of this tutorial is also available.
Today we are going to make the second project of the month with our kiln carving pattern. If you have already downloaded the pattern and used it for the suncatcher project, I hope you saved the cut out parts! If not, no worries, just use the stencil and cut out another set. (This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial.)
Cobalt Blue bottle glass frit balls.
Lately I’ve become enamored of working with frit balls. I had no idea how fun and addictive these things are! Maybe because they look like unnaturally colored caviar or tiny marbles, who knows, but they are pretty cool. First though, you have to make them.
Flaming heart kiln carving pattern finished project.
Since Valentines day is just a hop, skip and a jump away, I thought we’d do a heart pattern for January. Read more