Archive for Window glass

Adding Texture and Pattern to Float Glass

fused float glass vase

In your fused recycled glass travels, don’t overlook float glass. Sure, it might seem like large sheets of clear window glass couldn’t be more boring, but it’s really an incredibly versatile tool. Not only is it possible to get large pieces for big projects, you can add so many things to float glass. Today I’ll show you how to add color pattern and texture to float glass, you could also use your larger sheets of bottle glass. (this technique would work with art glass as well, just use 1/4″ thick glass and make sure you use art glass firing schedules.)
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Glue Chip Glass

recycled glue chip glass with maple leaves

Recently, I ran out of glue chip glass and decided to learn how to make it myself.  Everyone has probably heard of glue chip glass, and the process isn’t a difficult one, although it is much more work than expected. Read more

Oil Paint Pens and Glass Fusing

oil paint pens on glassIf you’ve been around this blog for a while you may have noticed that I like to experiment…with pretty much everything.  This experiment started out as a quick scribble with my oil paint pen set to see if it would produce anything useful when fused. Read more

June Workshops Review

Mica Painted Recycled Glass
June was an interesting month, we had student workshops every Saturday for four weeks straight.  The students in all four workshops produced amazing work.

Pebble Vessel Workshop:

The first two workshops were Pebble Vessels, made with recycled tempered glass and Glassline paint. Read more

Fused Tempered Glass Plate – Tutorial

fused tempered glass plate

Tempered float glass is one of the easiest types of recycled glass to come by (after bottles, of course)  There are often tempered glass shelves and/or table tops at thrift stores, lots of them on the local classified ads and your local glass shop probably has quite a few that were mis-ordered that they might be willing to give away. Read more

Mica Vessel Class – Student Projects

metallic mica on textured recycled glass

Thank you to all of the students who attended the Recycled Glass Mica Vessel class at Kimball Art Center on March 22!  What a fun afternoon, and the student work is gorgeous! Read more

Recycled Glass Pot Melt Tests

Flash back Friday! Here’s a post from the archives that is still pretty entertaining! (Post was first published on 2/8/2010)

One of the things about recycled glass that everyone who uses it knows is, you have to test everything.   Twice.  And then do it all over again, since your results could have been a fluke and the worst time to realize that is after you’ve spent a very long time on something.

So.  In preparation for some cast sculptural work that’s coming up, I decided to do some potmelt (crucible) casting tests.  The factors I need to isolate are:  glass particle size, aperature size and temperature.

The most obvious way seemed to test three aperature sizes and three glass sizes at the same temperature.  This would allow me to isolate one factor at a time. Read more

Fusing with Leaves and Color

Fused leaf with glassline paint

Happily, I got a set of Glassline Paints for Christmas this year and have been doing some playing and experimenting.  One possible use that I am very curious about is using paints instead of powder for fossil projects.  So, I decided to do some trial firings. Read more

Fractured Plate Tutorial

Finished Fracture Plate

Today’s tutorial satisfies almost all of my bullet points, glass, hammers, and hairspray.  Just kidding, I have higher standards than that, although this project does have all of those elements.  The great thing about this particular project is every single one is different, you could fill a whole market booth with variations of this project and it would look great! Read more

September 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Jack O'lantern kiln carving pattern

As I know you have all been waiting so terribly patiently, here is the kiln carving pattern for September 2013.  This is a versatile pattern with four different pumpkin/Jack O’lantern designs.  You could use them in a square like I did, or put one each under four different projects.  Bottle bottoms are the perfect size and you could make four different suncatchers with the same pattern. Read more

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