Fusing Straight Lines
This is part three of a multi-part tip on fusing to achieve sharp,
crisp lines. Click here to go to part one, which also includes
an example photograph.
Here are a few more factors to consider
when you want sharp, crisp lines between fused strips of glass.
4. Viscosity of the glass
A glass that is more viscous will
create a fuzzier line than a glass with a lower viscosity.
Strips of soft black glass, for instance, will be more wavy when
fused than strips of white glass.
5. The flatness of the kiln shelf
Fusing directly on a kiln washed shelf
will produce cleaner edges than fusing on fiber paper, and the more
texture in the paper (or on the shelf) the greater the tendency of
the edges to be wavy.
6. Whether or not the piece is
Damming strips will produce straighter
lines than firing undammed. This is because the dam helps hold
the strips in place and keeps them from moving apart and causing
Coming soon --
a sample firing schedule to help you achieve
straighter lines on your strip pieces.
Copyright 2007 Brad Walker.
All rights reserved.
Thanks to Steve Immerman,
Cynthia Oliver, and
Andrew Westreich for suggestions in this tip.