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Re: glass in the kiln?


From: Judy Nagel (jdnag_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Feb 19 2003 - 16:17:00 PST

Oooh! I like squiggles and dots! I have used them myself with great success and encourage anyone to try them. You can find the squiggles and some other interesting glass embellishments on page 453 in the Sax catalog.
Judy Nagel
Sax Arts & Crafts
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  Subject: Re: glass in the kiln?

  I have experimented recently with multicolored glass 'squiggles' and dots from Sax-- (I am sure Judy can tell you more info !) I just used them as occasional accents on flat masks in a glaze firing and on glazed bisque tiles. Not too many pieces, though, as they puddle together and run off the sides of flat pieces. Looked really cool even though a few of them had light cracking.

  Now for my question- one of our reading teachers asked me about slumping wine glass bottles in the kiln. At a craft fair, she bought a wine bottle that was 'melted' flat to be used as a small, unusual cheese - serving tray.

  I did not see it but apparently the bottle was laid in the kiln horizontally until it melted, (still retaining the neck- and bottle shape), then the crafter added a decorative cheese knife and charged a nice price... So now we know that glass can indeed be melted in the kiln but any ideas on kiln temperature or do-ability on this one? It has to have "just enough' melting but not so much to have an unrecognizable mass !