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171  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fused Glass Butterfly Wings From a New User IMG Heavy on: February 01, 2010 10:09:26 PM
The first one, The Golden, is the best of the bunch to me. The design really stands out in the glass.

Mike
172  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Red Haired Kokopelli on: February 01, 2010 10:06:36 PM
Hi, I just joined the site and this is my first glass image I've posted.  I'm a glass fuser and like to try different things. This image is of a multi-layer Kokopelli image that I cut from a wood scroll saw pattern (I've done a number of things from wood scroll saw patterns. It's a great source).  The pieces were cut with a ring saw and laid out on the background sheet of glass then taken to a high tack fuse temp.




Mike

173  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Drawing on Glass and preserving image while firing? Is this possible? on: February 01, 2010 09:33:27 PM
You can also use glass enamels to paint and draw with as well as pottery glazes and frit powder.  The trick is mixing them with a liquid type medium (there are a bunch of different things to use) to the consistancy that allows you to paint or write.  If you can draw, the glass enamels and paints are a great way to put an image on glass and then fire it so it's permenent.

Mike
174  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Photos fused in glass... on: February 01, 2010 09:29:37 PM
You can't fuse normal photo paper as it will just burn off.  The sepia color that is left on the photo decals is really the iron oxid that is in the laser printer toner (not all laser printers have this in their toner) and the decal part burns off.  There are several processes that allow color prints to be done, but they are expensive to have custom color decals made from your images.  Some people use the sepia ones and then use glass enamels to paint the image and then firing again to set the enamels.  You could also do screen printing using glass enamels and glass paints.

Like you, I'm a photographer too and when I first saw them I wanted to use a lot of my images to fuse to glass. I found out the same thing and though some images actually look good in sepia, many do not. Although it is neat to have an image embedded in glass.

Mike

175  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: I need ideas to recycle huge wine jugs! on: February 01, 2010 09:18:43 PM
If you have a kiln and if it's big enough, you could always flatten them and make cheese/snack trays out of them. I've done Sake and Brandy bottles and I've always wanted to do one of the big glass jugs that you see every now and then.

Mike
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