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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / trying to get a full(er) fuse on: December 16, 2007 03:03:11 PM
hi yall -

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)
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Adventures with some shifty glass... on: July 22, 2007 12:33:03 AM

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.

Yay for kilns! Yay for fused glass!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / sell hand cut for more or less than machine cut? on: July 11, 2007 09:09:16 PM
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!
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / MY VERY FIRST FUSED GLASS PIECES!! on: June 25, 2007 07:58:08 PM

This was my very first try fusing glass... i've been doing enameling in my kiln but I've not tried glass until yesterday. i like the dimensional fuse, but it wasn't intentional.

Here it is in the kiln...

I love this pic...

To do a fully flat fuse, would I just hold it longer at the full firing temperature?
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Great balls of fire! Kiln shelf paper in flame! on: June 01, 2007 09:19:09 AM
y'all -

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...
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Hit me with a book! on: May 13, 2007 01:44:59 PM
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.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / gocco swap? on: April 05, 2007 09:01:11 AM
so now that rumor has it that a US distributor will soon be carrying gocco stuff, we dont have to be stingy with our supplies anymore! so i think its time for a gocco swap... whose with me???
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Lost my mind and bought a kiln -what next?? on: April 03, 2007 01:46:35 PM
I found a great deal on a somewhat older electric kiln and snagged it. (Its an Allcraft Model 88) I mainly plan to use it for PMC, but I'm also interested in enameling and in trying to fuse glass.

Now I'm trying to figure out what else I need to use the kiln properly and safely.

I know I will at least need goggles, gloves, and a bit of extra common sense, but what else? Does a kiln need a stand, or does that depend on which one you have?

My research tells me that I am at *least* going to need a pyrometer to fire glass, and would be a lot better off with a controller. Have y'all ever bought such things to retrofit a kiln?

As you can tell, I'm in the buyers remourse "my god what have i done???" phase ;o) I put a call into the manufacturer but they are closed for the holiday and i am impatient ;o)

I'd love any help/suggestions!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / myspace + ebay?? on: February 07, 2007 10:31:48 AM
i just read this article about a potential partnership b/t myspace and ebay... might make selling on myspace easier.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / pretzel vs pretzel... catnip incited love/hate! on: January 08, 2007 10:16:13 PM
my friend has a cat named Pretzel, for whom I made a giant catnip stuffed pretzel for christmas.

either she loves it, or hates it, i cant really tell ;o) either way its sort of cute...
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