I've been fusing glass for a few months now, i really love it. However, I've noticed I tend to get more of a dimensional fuse (more than a tack fuse, but not as flat as a full fuse) with the schedule I'm using now. I'm wondering if I should be firing to a higher temperature, or whether I should be holding at my temperature for longer?
thanks for any advice! (btw, im using system 96 glass)
Okay, so I'm loving this whole fused glass thing. However, I'm starting to wonder if maybe i should *always* use kilnfire to cement my pieces together, because I fear that there was some degree of drifting this time... Lessons learned!
I did successfully fuse a piece of fine silver into one piece to use as a bail, which was also exciting.
so, long story short, i make necklaces with acrylic pendants. I do all the drawings to plan the pendants, saw them out of the acrylic myself, sand, polish, the whole 9 yards, all by myself. However, there are a lot of other sellers out there who are doing acrylic pendants (not the same designs, as mine are all original to me) who have them laser cut (as in, entirely done by machine.)
my pendants are currently priced comparably to the laser cut ones, but now im starting to worry if its too much? too little? or what? I feel like I've priced them fairly based on materials and time and everything, but then again, I am nervous that I'm doing it wrong... help!
So yesterday, I fired up my little paragon sc2 to do some enameling, and I put in a sheet of kiln shelf paper to keep my kiln shelf clean. It came rolled up, and so it still had some curve to the sheet, but I figured it wuold flatten itself out, b/c it did the last time I fired my kiln (Its new, and I've only used it twice).
I was working with a friend who has more kiln experience than I do, and when we got up to annealing temperature, she opened up the door, and the shelf paper came flying out in a cloud of dust and fire!! We were both mighty freaked out. It seems the paper had rolled up against teh door of the kiln but we are not sure why it would have caught on fire like that!
What on earth happened and what can i do to prevent that?? I'm thinking kiln shelf wash might be the safer way to go...
Do any of you glass fusers have a favorite glass fusing book that you might suggest to a newby fuser? there were none at my local barnes and noble, and I hate buying books for crafts sight unseen off the internet b/c i never know if the instructions are really good or not.