Spotlight on: Fused Glass
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Even though I work with glass I rarely do fusing. Not for lack of wanting to, but the hubby says no to the cost of a kiln. 🙁 Guess I have enough glass toys. For now.
Glass fusing refers to glass that has been fired in a kiln. There are 3 levels of fusing and it goes by degree of temperature. The first level is slumping, which basically makes the glass melt into the shape of the mold it is placed on top of. This is the lowest of the temperatures, at a cool 1,099–1,251 °F.
The second level is called tack fusing, and this is when you heat the glass enough to “glue” pieces of together. This occurs at temperatures 1,251–1,350 °F. In this example of tack fusing joby560 creates some bright and cheery suncatchers.
If you’re interested in trying glass and glass fusing, but don’t want to spend thousands, there is such a thing as a microwave kiln. They are fairly inexpensive and can give you a chance to try glass on small scale.
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