I’ve always wanted to try silk screening on glass, and this past week, I got the chance. I was surprised at how easy (relatively) the process was. Making the silkscreen doesn’t lend itself well to video (lots of waiting around), so I’ll outline that process here:
Start by creating your design. I used photoshop to create this pattern of 5 brine shrimp that I would be creating a screen of. [TRIVIA: Brine Shrimp are also known as Sea Monkeys, and are the only critters that live in the Great Salt Lake.] Continue reading Silkscreening on Float Glass with Mica
One of my favorite things to do with recycled float glass is to use stamps and frits to print images on the glass. With a little ingenuity, you can print on both sides for a slightly 3D effect. This tutorial shows how to make a set of two stamps to print a butterfly on float glass prior to fusing. The complete step by step instructions are below the video. Continue reading 2 Part Stamps for Glass Printing
Some time ago I was given a stack of glue chipped float glass. I found it was good for all sorts of things, but, inevitably, I ran out. After some investigation online (and offline), I found several methods of making my own glue chip glass.
I will say here that I am not after a perfectly predictable pattern of chips, and this method is probably a bit slap dash, but it works well for me, so I thought it may work well for you. Continue reading Making Glue Chip Glass
As you may have noticed, I do a lot of projects around here. It’s become a habit to photograph each step. What isn’t usual is for me to post projects that I’m only ambivalent about. However, a wise lady told me it was useful to her to read about what DOESN’T work as well as what does, so here goes. This is a project that the technique ‘worked’, but I wasn’t super happy with the outcome, it’s just…okay. I’m putting it out here in case someone else has a great idea that needs just this technique.
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more variations on the triangle bead, here comes a new tutorial! (Actually, there are a few MORE variations you haven’t thought of yet. We’ll get there.)
This version is a bit more complicated than the painted triangle beads. We’ll be using mica to give our recycled glass beads a bit of shine.
Piece of thin sheet glass, float glass or evenly flattened bottle glass work great
polishing grit, I’m using a 180/220 mix
small piece of glass to create friction with
mica powders and medium (I’m using copper, gold and silver with liquid hairspray)
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.
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. Continue reading Painted Triangle Beads