Glass Fusing Fundamentals (Bullseye)

Many kilnforming methods are based on fusing, the heat bonding of separate pieces of glass. In this lesson you will learn how to fuse together layers of glass on a kiln shelf, while exploring glass as a unique art-making material.

This video covers the basics of fusing, including:

  • Full Fuse
  • Tack Fuse
  • Pattern Up vs. Pattern Down
  • 6mm Rule
  • + More

Highly recommended before attempting a fusing project!

Adhesives for Glass

Adhesives for Glass

Below is a summary of info on Adhesives for Glass provided by KSU alumnus and cold-worker extraordinaire, Timothy Stover on his recent visiting artist stint at Kent State Glass.

Hxtal NYL-1:

Uses: Glass to glass, metal, wood (wood must be dried and completely sealed).

  • Can be colored with dry pigments.
  • Shelf-life of four years (begins to yellow in bottle)
  • Optically clear
  • After mixing, can be stored for 7 days in freezer to be used.
  • Cures 7 days, or 2 days under warm lamp at approximately 120 degrees

Cons:

  • Very expensive (but worth the money)
  • Only 4 distributors in USA
  • Must be weighed out precisely for proper curing (two parts)

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Featured Artist: Carol Fréve

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Carol Fréve’s work is distinguished by an original combination of blown and slumped glass together with electroformed and knitted copper. A clear, smooth piece of blown glass represents, for her, simply a starting point of raw material.

By kiln casting that piece in a plaster mold, I extract buried secrets from its flesh, until a story appears where earlier, there was only transparency. The unpredictable results of this superimposition of techniques creates the impression that the object itself upon disclosing it own complexity, determined its final form. The intimacy of the piece is thus revealed.

This transformation can also be seen as a symbol for the passage of time, when memories become indistinct and reality is distorted. Incorporating hazard, lost and many subtle choices, my process suggest human and spiritual development.

Learn more at: http://www.carolefreve.com/

The Glass Age, Pt 1

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Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman introduce us to a whole new way of thinking about glass. Learn the history of glass innovation and watch incredible demonstrations of bendable optical fiber and thin, ultra-flexible glass.This is the Glass Age, where materials science is constantly pushing boundaries and creating new possibilities for glass-enabled technology and design. See how glass is shaping the future at http://www.TheGlassAge.com
Presented by Corning.

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I first ran across this idea on a British show called QI, but it had truthfully been rattling around in my head for a while: the unique benefits bestowed by glass. Now, the Quizmaster of QI—Stephen Fry—had a different take on this, namely that the western world’s fascination with the clarity of glass led to it’s dominance in science and industry. Nevertheless, the point was made.

It is the unique property of glass that has bestowed on the modern world such prosperity. Think of population and lifespan. Major advances in medicine were mere guesswork until the invention of lens let us see that there were indeed tiny things that (contrary to common superstition) might make us sick. Glass allows light into our homes, UV light that is harmful to many pathogens that thrive in the dark and damp. Glass allows us to create lanterns (and later flashlights) that allow us to take our “torches” with us and move safely in the dark. Glass let light into the holds of ships that transported goods (and people) across oceans, transporting the raw materials that built our modern world and (more importantly) mixing and mingling the populations of the world. Glass also housed the liquid wherein sat the needle of the compasses that guided those ships.

Imagine a world without glass. No smartphone. No car windows. No windows. No TV screens. No Lightbulbs. No glasses. No wine glasses. Truly, this is the Glass Age.

Glass Resource Links

decals4artists.com
Company that prints digital overglaze enamel decals for glazed ceramics and glass. These are waterslide transfer decals, comprised of super finely pulverized overglaze enamel translated into Cyan,Magenta,Yellow and Black (CMYK) color space. When fired correctly, they are completely fused, permanent, and will not fade.

These are full color decals, though often clients just want black. Printing BLack decals still requires a combination of all 4 colors. Since this process does not print white, the substrate of white glass or white glazed ceramic acts as the “white.”


hisglassworks.com
YouTube® Channel of how-to videos from a major supplier of cold working supplies for the glass artist. Want to know how to use a reciprolap? Drill holes in glass with a drill press or hand-drill? They’ve got a video for that.


bullseyeglass.com
Bullseye’s free video resource provide an introduction to kiln-glass and everything from cutting to cleaning glass to the basics of fusing.


hangyourglass.com

The Finest Hardware System and Adhesives for Hanging, Suspending, Displaying and Wall Mounting Glass Art!