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Free Kiln Carving Pattern – February 2015

fused hummingbird pattern

After a month of hearts, I decided to go with something a little less holiday specific.  We have a lot of hummingbirds in Utah during the spring and summer, so we’ll work on a flock of those for the month of February.

Materials needed:

Free kiln carving pattern

razor knife

cut proof surface

pins

fiber paper

vintage plate (or other glass of your choice)

glass drill/dremel tool

monofiliment Continue reading Free Kiln Carving Pattern – February 2015

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Q & A Monday – July 21, 2014

Jodi McRaney RushoHappy Monday!  If you can smile about that, you’ll make it through anything.  Today I’m answering questions about mixing compatibilities in terms of bottles and frit, making polishing machines and using a ceramic kiln for glass.  These are actual reader questions and answers.  I’ve removed personal info for privacy reasons.  If you have a question, send it on over.

 

Q: can I use Uroboros 96 coe powdered frit on my bottles when I slump them or do I have to use the 82?? thank you. excited to slump some bottles 😀 Continue reading Q & A Monday – July 21, 2014

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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. Continue reading June Workshops Review

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Q & A Monday – 2/24/2014

Jodi McRaney RushoWell, th e Monday’s keep marching on by don’t they?  I have to admit, Monday’s aren’t my favorite, but I’m trying to reframe them as a positive experience!  Maybe as a new start in the studio?  Meanwhile, you all have questions, and I may have some answers.  If you have a question about fusing and slumping recycled glass, send it on over and I’ll see what I can do.  (names and some details have been omitted for privacy reasons)

Q:  Thank you for your tutorials please can u advise me how I can join cut beer bottle into a wine glass ie what kind of glue or technique can I use to do this?

A:  I wish I could!  There is one company in the U.S. doing this right now, and their technique is a closely guarded secret.  It looks like they use a torchwork technique, but I have no more information than that.  Delphi Glass has a fun little plastic bottle stem, which is like a cork with a flat bottom that will seal your bottle neck so it can be used as a wine glass.

Q: I have some glass scraps lying around and was thinking about positioning them in a mold of some description and then heating them with a propane torch until they either slump into the mold are viscous enough for me to push them into the mold with a rod/spatula of some description. Thoughts on the advisability and/or the mechanics of this idea?

A: Wow, you’ve certainly given me a lot to think about. Here are my concerns:

– it will be very hard to keep all of the glass the same temperature across the entire mold, so as one section gets hotter, the others will cool very rapidly. Those cooling pieces will thermal shock with determination. I would expect there to be flying bits of quite hot glass.

– I’m worried about the molten glass being pushed or dragged across mold release. Molten glass will quite easily pick up kiln wash and stick, both to the mold, and to the kiln wash.

– Annealing is an issue. As glass cools, internal stresses are created, which must be relieved, typically by cooling the glass back down to room temperature over the course of several hours. Glass that has been improperly annealed (or not at all) tends to crack and be quite brittle.

– mold integrity is also an issue. Ceramic molds don’t like to be thermal shocked either

– and then there’s the kiln wash/mold release. Most kiln washes and mold releases are rated to 1850, some to 2000. Molten glass exceeds that temperature, and will cause the mold release to fail. (this is a problem I see frequently and still haven’t solved)

Now, if you were making small things, like beads, there may be possibilities. I have only taken one bead making class though, so I’d suggest a bit more research before taking that on.

Good luck, it sounds like you live an exciting life!

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February 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

Pot of Gold Pattern for kilncarving

Here’s a little kiln carving pattern that will help you remember how lucky you are!  I like March, it finally feels like there is an end to winter in sight. Continue reading February 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

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Q & A Monday – 11-25-13

Jodi McRaney RushoWell hello there!  Today I’m answering more reader questions.  If you have a question, send it on over.  I’ve removed identifying information for privacy reasons.

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Q: Hi, I’m extremely new to fusing/slumping glass, having been a lampworker for a number of years.

Since I have to import all my glass supplies anyway, having no access to brick/mortar stores here in Panama, I was wondering if you could offer recommendations on suppliers for your ancillary needs; forms, release, powders, etc. I’ve found multiple sources on-line, but am not sure who best fills the need for the recycled glass market. Any assistance will be welcomed. If you prefer not to post publicly, just send a private message. Continue reading Q & A Monday – 11-25-13

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November 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Fused Recycled glass wreath ornament

November’s kiln carving pattern is a cute wreath, sized specifically for bottle bottoms.  It’s a quick and easy gift idea for friends and neighbors, and would look terrific in clear glass on a tree or in a window. Continue reading November 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Recycled Glass With Mica

Recently I discovered the wonders of mica.  I had no idea what a versatile and amazing and useful tool mica is to have in my collection of fused recycled glass ideas.  Here are a few of the pieces that I’ve made recently using various types of textured glass and a mica solution.  The mica on all of these pieces is painted on the surface of the glass and fired, most are a slump firing.

Enjoy and do let me know what you think, and, as always, thank you for reading!


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August 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Winged Heart Kiln CarvingHere it is at long last, the reader selected kiln carving pattern!  And just see if I ever let you guys pick the pattern again, this one was HARD!  It is a bas-relief pattern, meaning that the pattern is raised into the glass and you look at it from the flat side (similar to the sea turtle in June).  Continue reading August 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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July 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

Snail Kiln Carving Pattern

Believe it or not, we have big old garden snails in Utah.  Despite being all hot and dry.  I’ve heard that they are the kind of snails that are used for escargot.  There are certainly enough around, but I’ve never worked myself up to try eating them!  This kiln carving pattern is fairly straight forward, but does require some care due to all of the thin pieces of fiber paper that have to remain. Continue reading July 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern