Our First Fused Glass Projects <3
Our first project, pictured above, was frit layered into a mold for fusing. I didn't get pictures, but what we did is we layered the frit into a mold very similar to this one, that had been sprayed with 2 coats of ZYP Boron Nitride to keep the glass from sticking.
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We used a morton cutting system and a collection of pistol grip glass cutter, grozing pliers, and running pliers (shown below) to cut out our shapes.
The next step was to literally smash the glass wrapped in a towel with a 4lb sledge on a small anvil. We got a bit of video of the smashing, but as this is my first blog post -ever- I'm not sure how to put a video in, so we'll save that for a future post ;)
After smashing the glass, we used a glass grinder very similar to this one to make so that some of the puddle shards would sit on their side without toppling over. Even with our efforts to make flat bottoms, some pieces still fell over in the kiln while fusing.
Kiln shelf, Haik Brush, and Kiln wash
Randy's Puddles before firing
Yvonne's Puddles before firing
One of the kilns at the studio that I am interested in investing in for our home studio is the Jen-Ken Kiln - AF3P ProFusion Fiber 16 which I have found a similar kiln online from one of my favorite glass companies, Delphi Glass, with the very nice TAP controller. Hopefully we'll be able to welcome this kiln to the family before too long!