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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Continue reading Tumbling Fused Glass for a Fire Polish
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.
The instructional videos by Bullseye Glass are hard to beat. In this video you will find the basics for cutting glass, as well as great information on tools, types of glass and even cutting circles. Well worth a view for beginners, and even a refresher for not so beginners. Continue reading Glass Cutting Video by Bullseye
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.
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. Continue reading Origins of Glass Fusing
This video by Bullseye Glass was a great resource when I started glass fusing. There is nothing better than actually watching someone do something.
The 6mm rule for glass is one of the most important properties to remember when fusing and this video covers that well.