Fused Pattern Bars
This is part four of a
multi-part series on fusing pattern bars. Click here to start
with part one.
There are several approaches to forming a dam for your pattern
bar, but all assume you've already obtained the dam material and the
fiber paper strips to line the dam.
The most straightforward way of damming the pattern bar works
well when the glass that makes up your pattern bar can easily be
stacked and transported. In this case, start by assembling the
pattern bar on your worktable (you may need some scraps of dam
material to keep it steady while you build the bar).
Once the pattern bar has been assembled, carefully move it to
the kiln and place it on a prepared kiln shelf. Now surround
the bar with the fiber paper strips, making certain that there are
no gaps between the strips of paper. Finish up by surrounding
the fiber strips with dam material
Once you're confident that the pattern bar has been
reassembled in the kiln and dammed properly, you're ready to fire
Coming soon -- a suggested pattern bar firing
Click here for a tip on assembling a pattern bar box, which works
well for pattern bars comprised on small pieces like frit and
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