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How to Set Up a Pot Melt by Delphi Glass

Pot melts are a great way to create really interesting¬† slabs of glass with swirls, colour blends, graduations and much more. This glass can then be incorporated into your projects in whatever manner you see fit. So far I haven’t given this a go, but it is on the short list of things to do. Thought you might find this video informative and, as I did, a great inspiration.

 

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‘Flawed Physics’ – Fused Glass Bowl for Mykel

Flawed Physics Fused Glass Bowl

A little while back I told my son Mykel I was going to make him a bowl for his new apartment and asked what he would like. Well, if you knew my son you would not be surprised when he asked for a bowl with the entire number for Pi on it, and in a blue theme. Yes, the entire number.

As I am sure you are aware that number is considered to be infinite. I definitely couldn’t make a bowl big enough for that, but not to be beaten I accepted the challenge and did come up with a compromise.

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Rocket & Solar System Cheeseboard – ‘Dying of the Light’

Fused Glass Rocket Cheeseboard

Hey, what do you expect from Rocketman? OK, a cheeseboard is a bit of an anti-climax, but my rockets are in being serviced.

So, until I get my rockets back, I thought I would make a fused glass cheeseboard. Nothing too demanding, but just a little artistic. You could also use it as a small cutting board, a fruit platter and so on.

So here is how it came about.

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Making a Square Cheese Board, Sort Of

Cheese Board

Yes, I know, ‘sort of’ doesn’t sound too great but this simple project came out of the blue. It really wasn’t planned.

It came about when I looked at a 200mm squarish piece of 6 mm clear Bullseye glass and considered trying to cut it. My previous attempt at cutting 6mm glass didn’t exactly work – it cracked in the wrong place. I need a little practice on that one, so I was a little unsure about cutting it.

Anyway, inspiration hit and I could see a nice cheese board in the square, without cutting. Something simple in design I thought. So undaunted I dived in.

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Exclusive Hot Glass Gallery in West Wyalong

Glass Gallery West Wyalong

Just recently Ann and myself made a trip to Adelaide in South Australia to see our son Mykel. It has been a few years since we had visited him, and he had purchased a new apartment, so another visit was overdue.

Anyway, on the way we had to pass through a town called West Wyalong in New South Wales. This is a town way out west and not somewhere you expect to find much in the way of glass work. Surprisingly, as we drove into town there was a road side sign for a glass gallery. Well, of course we had to stop and have a look.

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Choosing a Glass for Kilnforming

Yes, this may be slanted towards Bullseye Glass, but it contains some valuable information you should consider before choosing which glass supplier to use, and which COE.

Personally, something I gained from this video is the information that compatibility can’t be guaranteed purely by the COE. Other factors are involved and must be considered.

Anyway, this is worth a few minutes of your time to view. Hope this helps.

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Tumbling Fused Glass for a Fire Polish

Tumbled Fused Glass Cabochons

Devitrification and other problems, such as staining and foreign bodies, can render your beautiful fused glass cabochon or feature a rather ugly oddity. This has happened to me many times.

My usual approach was to grind or sand away the offending area and then fire polish the pieces. The grinding and sanding can be very tedious and is always time consuming.

After spending a lot of time doing this I became determined to find another option.

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What is glass?

Sure, this does sound very basic, but the video does contain a lot of great information.

If you new to glass fusing and slumping, and maybe using Bullseye glass, this video is well worth a look. I don’t mind admitting I did learn quite a bit from this video the first time I viewed it.

You also get to have a brief tour of the Bullseye factory and how they go about making their glass. Living in Australia, I doubt I will ever get over to the US for a tour so it was excellent to see how the glass I mostly used is manufactured.

 

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Modifying a Standard Tile Saw for Glass

Tile Saw

As usual, being on a budget, when it came to buying a tile saw I opted to visit the local hardware and see what was on offer.

A little unsure about exactly what I needed, as I hadn’t actually done any sawing of glass with a diamond saw, I looked over the various saws available. Surprisingly, they didn’t have that many, but the price difference was substantial.

Guess what? I chose the cheapest saw and hoped for the best. Things didn’t go quite to plan, but they didn’t work out too bad either.

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Origins of Glass Fusing

Roman Glass Jug

First, my apologies for the lack of posts lately. A number of personal things have been getting in the way, hopefully not any more.

For a while I have been reading a number of references to the start of glass fusing, historically. I suppose it depends on the literal meaning you adopt for ‘glass fusing’, but for me it is simple when someone started fusing pieces of glass together to create a useful or decorative object.

A little research has uncovered a couple of interesting facts.

Glass was discovered by accident on a beach.

Well, not sure how factual this is, but there is this story from Pliny the Elder, a roman author, and it is an obvious place for it to happen.

The story is that a merchant ship carrying nitrum was moored at the Belus River, Georgius Agricola. When preparing a meal on the beach they used lumps of nitrum from their ship to prop up their pots. With the heat of the fire this fused and mixed with the sand and out flowed a stream of a new translucent liquid, glass.

Sounds romantic, and I choose to believe it.

Glass fusing was around before glass blowing.

I suppose, when you think about it, it makes sense. It would have been the easiest method for constructing objects. Taking raw pieces of crude glass, heating it with a little manipulation and you have an object.

Very early vessels were ‘core-formed’. They were made by winding a ductile rope of glass round a shaped core of sand and clay over a metal rod, then fused with repeated heatings.

My research seems to point to archaeological evidence that the Mesopotamians had knowledge of glass working as far back as 3,500BC, in the form of glass beads. Other research suggests there is evidence of glass working, in the form of glazes for stone beads, as far back as 4,000BC. Much later, the Romans are credited with being better glass workers and there is some argument that they should be credited with true glass fusing.

For 1,000’s of years glass fusing and manual manipulation was the primary method for constructing glass objects.

Glass blowing didn’t actually come into general practice until the first century AD, replacing the older methods for making glass containers, though its invention is credited to the glass workers of Syria in the 1st century BC.

Basically, glass fusing is an extremely old method of working glass. As artists creating objects, practical and decorative, through glass fusing we are all in good company and I for one feel absolutely great about it.