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21  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Kappy's Fused Glass - First Attempts on: August 26, 2008 02:48:17 PM
For Christmas 2007, I got PinkyK a glass kiln for Christmas. Surprisingly, the kiln sat unused for several months, because she was afraid she would screw it up (mixing COEs, explosions, etc.). Heheheh.

Finally, several months of the kiln sitting in the garage, I convinced her to fire something, and her and her assistant put together several pieces. Of course, the courageous task of working out a firing schedule for a full fuse fell on my shoulders. Needless to say, my cooling schedule was too slow, and many of the pieces devitrified (crystallized), and weren't really usable.

After some tweaking to various schedules, I seem to have a decent tack-fuse schedule and a decent full-fuse schedule. I am currently trying to tweak a slump schedule. And, I have to admit that I rather enjoy watching what comes out of the kiln and trying to figure out how to improve it.

So, after much chiding by PinkyK, I reluctantly picked up a glass cutter and started putting together some experimental pieces for fusing. I say reluctantly, because I always wanted this to be Pinky's thing, and only wanted to advise her and be the behind the scenes science adviser.

First, before proceeding too much further, I want to say that the color palette is pretty much the same for all of the pieces you will see below. I was working with scraps that PinkyK had laying around the house. If I was really adventurous, I would have gone to the glass store to try to change up the palette. As it is, I am really more interested in the process and seeing what can be accomplished.

I myself have never been a believer in starting small and working up to big projects. So, my first project was an attempt at making a square votive holder. Unfortunately, I miscalculated the effects that the tack-fuse schedule would have on the glass, and the piece tipped over, leaving something of a puddle. We took the puddle and ran it through a full fuse, and will probably cut it into smaller pieces for jewelry.


After Full-Fuse

After being slightly crushed that my grand experiment failed. I tried a smaller piece, with some scraps that I had lying around from the failure. This ended up making a cute little pendant/brooch, which is about 1.5 inches on a side.

Basketweave Brooch

After contemplating one success and one failure, I decided to go big again, and try a different approach to making my votive holder. The approach was to fuse each of the sides of the votive holder separately, and then fuse them together after the sides were made individually. I was pleased with the result of making one striped piece of glass. Instead of proceeding to make a votive holder, I cut the striped slab into smaller pieces to make pendants, brooches, and rings. Unfortunately, I thought I had taken a picture of what I refer to as the striped slab, but I guess I forgot to, before it was sawn into pieces and put into a full fuse.

Striped Slab Collection (all cut from the same piece of glass)

Striped Slab Square Pieces (about 1 inch on a side)

Striped Slab Circle Pieces (about 1 inch in diameter

Next, after some thought, I wanted to try some other things using stripes. This resulted in the first step of my basketweave dish. I basically made a square basketweave design approximately 6 inches to a side and ran a tack-fuse on it. I am going to run a slump on it later using a 12" dish mold. I think it should come out pretty neat.

Basketweave Blank for a Dish

Finally, I had some scraps left over, and thought I would try putting them together in different shapes and forms to see what would happen. Pinky seems to like some of these results. I really want to do a full fuse on the Asterisk and see what it turns out to be. I think it will be pretty neat.

Miscellaneous Collection

Hope you enjoyed the tour...


22  COOKING / Dessert / Re: The Amazing BURGER CAKE! on: July 30, 2008 03:55:19 AM
Wow. That is a really great cake. Great job on pulling it off. I hope your brother appreciated the effort.

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Doing Melting projects on an outside grill ??? on: April 29, 2008 04:27:10 AM
Try going to this link... It's a quicky tutorial.


Good Luck,

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Doing Melting projects on an outside grill ??? on: April 28, 2008 04:31:57 AM
I think a charcoal grill could work.

What I think I would do is move the hot coals to one side of the grill, or for gas grills use one burner. Place the pan/form containing the beads on the opposite side of the hot coals/burner, and cover the grill. The idea is to not use direct heat to melt the beads, and to make the grill as oven-like as possible.

If you have a temperature sensor for your grill, ideally you would want the temperature between 350 and 400 degrees. Beads will melt between 275 and 350, although it happens very very slowly.

Hope this helps,

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: melted-bead suncatchers on: March 10, 2008 05:09:59 AM
Great Job.

The toughest part about doing designs like these is the tedious job of arranging the beads and colors. I have a couple of pieces that took me over an hour to arrange.

Keep up the good work.


26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted beads = stain glass-esque lamp shade on: February 20, 2008 12:12:40 PM
Just an FYI, the temperature sensor in the oven stopped working correctly. The sensor was sealed in metal, and it is unlikely that melting caused the part to fail.

As for what happened, I was attempting a basket weave bowl and set the oven on Broil. I underestimated how fast the plastic would melt, and the whole piece came apart. Once the oven cooled, the plastic came up rather easily.

The remains of the "would be" bowl ended up being a lamp for the Melted Swap.

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: MELTED bead Craft-a-long! on: January 18, 2008 10:40:01 AM
PinkyK has got a kiln, now.

So, it's time to move on to the next malleable art form, GLASS!!!! I don't think that is as toxic as Plastics...

28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Retirement Party! on: January 10, 2008 08:37:13 AM
Looking at the pictures, now, I wish that I had gone for a darker brown. It's just rolling out the fondant and getting a consistent color is such a pain. I think I worked on that color for a good 20 - 30 minutes.

Anyone know if you can use a Kitchen Aide with a dough attachment to mix color into Fondant?

29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted Lego Lamp on: October 13, 2007 11:10:32 AM
Sweets have you tried making shapes out of the lego's first, and then melting them? I bet you could do some really cool stuff.

It would be cool to see Stary Night in Lego...

30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Melted Beads - Vase (Image Intense) on: October 11, 2007 04:33:28 AM

Keep an eye on the Melting Madness Swap Gallery. You will be able to see PinkyK and My latest endeavors... We have some pretty neat stuff that we shipped for the swap.


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