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Re: melting glass pieces


Date: Sat Mar 24 2001 - 17:11:53 PST

I took a little glass fusing workshop at a Central VA mini conference a few
years ago, and became very interested in the technique. Fusing glass is
designed to have compatible melting temps, but you can experiment with other
stained glass and even scrap glass from bottles and such and still get good
results. There is a special Paragon kiln designed for quick firing (about 15
minutes, I think) and a material called Fiber Frax (sp) that Campbell's
Ceramics sells.
     Although there is always a kid that will prove you wrong, I'd say that
handling peices of glass this size would be safe with upper elementary
schoolers. Keep in mind that after the glass is fused, many edges still need
to be ground on a Glasstar type grinder.