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Fusing Glass

January 9th, 2012 | Posted by Nicole in Glass - (0 Comments)

Well, the holiday is over – not that it ever started.  The kiln has been going non stop – lots of new silver and even more glass pieces – the first ones were just a test – to test the new glass moulds, well, they are great, if you stick to the instructions everyting comes out just fine (at least with my kiln) even with one of the moulds a little damaged, it still works just fine.

The instructions I use for firing COE90 glass bits are:

Heat up very slowly to about 680°C.  This temperature should be held for about 10 minutes. – Venting.

Then it’s a full fire to about 780°C. This should also be held for about 10 minutes, maybe even more depending on what you are doing. – Venting.

This is were you have to stop venting. – Your going into cool down. Do a full stop until you get to about 520°C. It should stay at this temperature for about 1 hour.

Now let  the pieces cool to room temperature without opening the kiln.

The instructions should work for an average size pendant. – Of course it will depend on the glass you use and the type of kiln and how big the piece is.

Filling the moulds with a litle more or a little less worked fine for me, you just have to make sure you don’t make things too small.

I have included some examples of the first pieces that made it.  I must get some more colours. I think I will make some more drops and turn them into earrings with the help of some silver bezels, and the black one wants to be a ring – he said so 🙂

Fusing Glass - Glasstwig.com

Fusing Glass - Glasstwig.com

 

I have also been working on my webshop  www.glasstwig.com – managed to get a slider working and I am retaking most of the pictures – so – lots to do – must get back to it…..

 

Glass Fusing

April 14th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in Glass | News - (0 Comments)

At last – – they made it.  The parcel with the new, bright wonderful glass has arrived. It’s all Bullseye Glass.

Bullseye Glass

Bullseye Glass

The first pieces are already in the kiln.  These are of course just test pieces to see if they turn into cabochons that can actually be used and look the way I want them to.  I have even written down the firing schedule for a change, just to make sure I get the exact same program again if I need it.  Not that that was easy, too much information from all sides, will have to dry and see if it works for what I want it.  If everything turns out the way it is supposed to, I will be making for bright summer cabochons to add to some of my metal clay jewellery and maybe just some glass jewellery.  Here is some of the glass that will be going into the kiln.  I’ll post a short update about how the test went and what pieces will be worked on.  If things don’t turn out the way they should, it will be a post on what not to do or how to avoid things.

Waiting for supplies

April 12th, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)

Oh dear, was going to finish some silver and glass rings this week.  But for some reason the delivery people have been driving around with my parcel for the past 5 days.  Hhhmm, maybe they want to test the stuff first.  So, have been working with the glass I have.  I like these colours, they are nice and bright, but there are even nicer ones (I think) coming.  As soon as they get here I will turn some into glass cabochons and then add them to some silver rings and pendants.  The parcel has to get here at some stage, right?

Here are some of the pieces I still have.  A lot of them are doing turns in a tumbler right now.

Glass Pieces for Jewellery

Glass Pieces for Jewellery

Latest Additions (take two)

April 3rd, 2011 | Posted by Nicole in News - (0 Comments)
Handmade Wood Ring in Blue

Handmade Wood Ring

This is the new addition in the rings section. It took a while,- varnish can take very long to dry,- but the blue ring is finally ready to be added.

There is also a new item in the “glass” section.  A very nice pinky entry, lots of shades of pink. Both can be found in the shop.

Pink Glass Necklace

Pink Glass Necklace

 

I’m working on some fine silver and resin pieces, hope to have them done really soon.