Hey, Happy Crafters! This summer heat hasn't stopped us from running the kiln and keeping busy experimenting with some -new to us- frit colors. Here is what we have been up to!
The colors we are using, pictured above, are all medium size coe 96 frit and were purchased from www.delphi.com. We also included mosaic size clear and medium dichro frit in each of these experiments.
I have been using a teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop the frit into the mold, which I also purchased from Delphi glass, and primed with ZYP boron Nitride aerosol spray. I probably should be measuring my frit amounts by weight, but here we are. :p
Making this sample set of cabochons, our goal was to get a good idea of how each color of frit fired. Our next phase of testing will be sampling two colors per mold well to see if any of them react with each other.
We ran out of green colors of frit, so we used purple and white as well to fill out the mold. We then added a bit of dichro frit to each mold well then capped it all with as much mosaic sized clear frit as we could fit.
The smaller the size of frit you are using, the more bubbles there may be in your pieces. I personally love the look of random bubbles in my fused glass pieces, but this is something to keep in mind.
Pictured above is how it looks when we opened the kiln back up after firing. Our kiln is a paragon CS-16s, with an interior of 16x16x8". As I write this we have multiple kiln shelves on back order from a variety of companies but there is no telling when they will be available because of production facilities shutting down due to the pandemic. So currently we are using molds on kiln posts and an 8" kiln shelf.
I absolutely love the way these fused glass pieces are coming out and I can't wait to experiment more!
I am having a hard time picking my favorite: which color do you like best and which two would you like to see blended together?
Yvonne Williams is an artisan educator and Craft-Addict who currently resides in South Western Missouri. As lead designer of Back to Earth Creations, she specializes in Mixed Media with focuses on Wire wrapping, polymer clay, chainmaille,and leather working. With the help of her partner in all things, Randy, she runs two youtube channels, active social media accounts, hosts weekly livestreams and monthly auctions, and manages a small urban homestead.