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Re: Fused glass

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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Thu, 15 Jan 1998 23:02:30 -0500

Make sure that the glass you are using is glass that 'can' be fused to
each other. Scraps of glass may look like just scraps...but they have
different reciprocities (different rates of contraction and expansion).
In my last post I listed some manufacturers of fusible glass.
Kilns...You can use a ceramic kiln just fine. You can lay fiberfrax
'paper' on the shelves or floor bottom of your kiln. You can also use
an enameling kiln. There are some wonderful glass kilns out on the
market now, designed for the specific purpose of firing glass- more
horizontal flat floor space versus vertical space, designed for pottery.
Some of these have the computerized automatic controllers but this is
not a requirement for firing glass. Once you've fired glass a few times
you will get a feel for the temperature you desire, for the types of
glass you are using. A pyrometer on your kiln is really helpful to
gauge the kiln's temperture and firing schedule. When firing glass you
should also make sure you anneal it properly, or your glass pieces may
be subject to cracking.

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