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GENERAL GLASS INFORMATION

 

Tempered (toughened) glass

Firing tempered glass

Mesh size

Striking

Making Your Own Frit

Sorting Glass Frit

Devitrification

Causes of devitrification

Testing an overglaze for lead content

Laminated Glass

CMC

Tin bloom

Troubleshooting cracks in fused glass 

Minimizing trapped air bubbles

Dealing with trapped air bubbles

Large air bubbles

Adhesives for Glass

Dissolving silicone glue

Museum Gel

Quartz Glass

Determining the amount of glass needed for casting

The lost wax casting process

Removing wax from a mold

How to tell stainless steel from aluminum

Viscosity

Fire polishing

Achieving a matte finish

Shining the underside of a piece

Using the mouth atomizer

Temperature and rate conversion

Reactive glass colors

Fusing straight lines

Testing for compatibility

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

Safety Equipment

Hearing Protection

Gloves

Safety Glasses

Pregnancy and fusing

Treatment for sore hands

Safety shields

GLASS CUTTING AND PREPARATION

Basic glass cutting

Cutting glass strips

Cleaning glass with denatured alcohol

Removing adhesive residue

Cutting large sheets of glass

Cutting glass mirrors

 

POWDER, STRINGER, FRIT, ETC.

 

Bending glass stringer in a candle

Drawing lines with glass powder

Making small balls of glass with a candle

Keeping glass stringer from moving

Layering powder and frit

Confetti

 

DICHROIC AND IRIDESCENT GLASS, ETC.

 

Determining the coated side

Etching dichroic glass

Cubic zirconia

Firing liquid gold

Preventing dichroic from chipping

 

SLUMPING, BOTTLES, DROP RINGS, ETC.

Drop rings

Making a drop ring mold

Bottle slumping

Removing labels from bottles

Sink molds

Stainless steel sink molds

Metal spinning

Bisque ware slumping molds

Bare spots in slumping molds

Repairing ceramic molds

Pattern bars

The pattern bar box

Fused bracelet making

Slumping glass that larger than the mold

Preventing uneven bowl slumping

Attaching feet to slumped bowls

Nested slumped bowls

Quartz Inversion

Fusing wire inside jewelry

Electroforming

Tack fusing stringer bowls

Firing rocks in a kiln

Simultaneous drop ring and tack fusing

Slumping textured glass

Firing multiple shelves at once

Firing schedule for a pocket vase

 

INCLUSIONS

 

Inclusions

Fiber paper as an inclusion

Keeping copper inclusions bright

Leaf inclusions

Sea shell inclusions

Fusing with cuttlefish

Aluminum as an inclusion

 

 

Page updated through January 12, 2007

KILN MAINTENANCE

 

Vacuuming the kiln

Emergency kiln element repairs

Cleaning "thinfire" paper from the kiln shelf

Increasing the height of a brick kiln

Falling kiln brick particles

 

KILNS AND CONTROLLERS

 

Guide to choosing a Kiln

The Bead Annealing Kiln

The Small Segmented Kiln

The Front Loading Kiln

The Top Loading Kiln

The Controller

The Standalone Controller

Propane gas kilns

Pulley system for heavy kiln lids

 

KILN WASH

 

Removing kiln wash from glass

Removing kiln wash from the kiln shelf

Preventing kiln wash sticking to glass

Kiln wash formulas

Kiln wash substitutes

Haike brush hairs

 

REFRACTORY MATERIALS

 

Refractory materials overview

Cordierite and mullite

Ceramic fiber

Rigidizing fiber board

Rigidizing fiber kilns

Pre-firing fiber paper

110-J fiber paper

Transferring designs to fiber paper

Using fiber paper to make a pocket vase

The graphite kiln shelf

The cracked kiln shelf

Kiln shelves for large kilns

Ceramaguard

Vermiculite

Vermiculite board

COE and melting point for metals

Zinc (galvanized steel)

Mica

Sources for mica powder

Mica firing temperatures

Silver contamination

Boron nitride

Plaster (gypsum)

Plaster/silica mixtures for mold making

Grog

Drying plaster/silica molds

Hydrocal

Mold Mix 6

Devitrification spray

POLISHING AND COLDWORKING

Grit

The best grinder head for grinding glass

Cold working equipment

Safely using cold working equipment

The Wet Belt Sander

Wet belt sander safety

The Hand Held Water Fed Grinder

Finishing with wet/dry sandpaper

Renewing diamond pads

Glass saws

Tile saws

Inexpensive tile saws

Preventing chipping when using a tile saw

Cutting a circle with a tile saw

Drilling Holes in Glass

Using a stained glass grinder to drill holes

Drilling holes using a drill press

Radial arm drill press

Signing Your Work with an Electric Engraver

Acid polishing of glass

Faux polishing

Diamond hand pads

The flat lap

Battuto

 

PAINTING, ENAMELS, ETC.

 

Screen printing on glass

Richard La Londe's "Liquid Glass" medium

Glass enamels

Paradise Paints

Thompson Enamels

Ferro Enamels

Liquid Light

Mixing dry enamels

Gold pens for fusing

Flux

 

JUST FOR FUN

 

The Creative Can of Beans

Mixing Green Beans with Brown

"Compatibility" (A Poem)

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