Archive for Window glass

Bottle Frit and Float Glass Stress Test

float and frit compatibility test

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.
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Painted Triangle Beads

striped triangle beads

Once you’ve mastered the basic kiln formed triangle bead, you can move on to more advanced beads. For instance, adding painted stripes to your triangle glass beads is a quick way to add color and fun to jewelry designs. Read more

Q & A Monday – 3/16/15

Bottles before the fusing starts

Hello there, it’s been a while since we’ve had a Q & A Monday.  Today I’m answering reader questions and sharing both the question and the answers with you.  I’ve removed personal details for privacy reasons.  Ready?  Grab some coffee and let’s get started! Read more

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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Fused Painted Hummingbird

fused and painted recycled glass hummingbird

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

Hummingbird Fused with Metals

Fused recycled glass with copper and brass

Here we are at project number 2 for this month’s free kiln carving pattern.  This is not actually a kiln carving project, rather an additional technique that you can do with your kiln carving stencil.  You did make a stencil right??

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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

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