Fused glass cabochons can get a scummy bottom from the fiber paper or shelf primer, and devitrification on the top. To clean these up, you can use wet and dry sandpaper or diamond pads, but an easy way is to tumble them with silicone carbide grit.
Thanks to Twylah for asking about this and inspiring me to make the video. Hope it answers all your questions.
The video tutorial includes the design, materials, and equipment information, as well as the cutting of glass, firing and slumping.
Continue reading Tumbling Fused Glass Cabochons for Fire Polishing, Project Tutorial
In Part 1 I covered making the puddle by fusing several sheets of Bullseye COE 90 glass, but didn’t get into how that became finished cabochons.
In this part I will cover making the cabochons from the puddle, from breaking up the puddle, grinding on a glass grinder and preparation, full fusing and a final fire polish.
Continue reading Making Green Puddle Cabochons – Part 2 – The 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.
Continue reading Tumbling Fused Glass for a Fire Polish
I used a tumbler for the first time at my last silver smithing class to polish the silver chain link bracelet I made. The tumbler seemed to polish my bracelet so quick.
So I thought that I would do some research when I got home to find out about these tumblers. I spoke to Jeff about the information that I found including methods to polish glass. Jeff became very interested in the tumbler when he reviewed the information on tumble polishing glass as this would make things easier for him as well. So we decided to go ahead and buy one with 2 barrels. This way Jeff could use one only for his glass work and I could use the other .
Continue reading Purchased a Dual Tumbler