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This item: 3/4" Iridized Glass Tiles Value Mix - 1 lb
My husband and I recently met a spectacular couple, a genuine cowgirl and cowboy. Besides being fortunate enough to purchase a very sweet horse from them, we are proud to be able to call them our friends. While at their home I learned that her one of her best friends, her horse, had passed away the previous year. "Yoda" had carried her though years on the Rainbow Riders drill flag team, taken her to reigning championships, and safety along countless miles of trails. I wanted to do something special for her, and also try something new for me. I remembered seeing an article in the Delphi newsletter about making fused glass silhouettes from a photograph. While at her home I snuck a picture of her and Yoda sliding to victory, on my cell phone. I downloaded the picture and adjusted it to an appropriate size for a 10" by 10"
No one knows the exact origins of glass fusing although there is evidence that the Egyptians were familiar with rudimentary techniques. The Romans however are noted by scholars for developing refined glass fusing skills. Although technology has changed the way modern glass fusers’ work, the technique is essentially the same as those developed by the Romans centuries ago. The basic technique involves stacking two or more layers of fusible glass, which are then placed in a kiln and gradually heated to between 1450-1500º Fahrenheit. At these temperatures the layers of glass fuse, or melt together and become one. Unfortunately, glass kilns are large and expensive, which keeps most Hobbyists from pursuing this art form. Now there are new kiln options, including the The Fuseworks™ Microwave Kiln. This device works in most household microwaves and can fuse glass in about 3 minutes. Here are some common questions we get on fusing
Have you ever noticed ugly, hazy, gray coloration around the edges of your full-fused designs? This is especially noticeable when placing darker colored or iridized glass designs on a lighter colored background but it can happen with any color combination. This phenomenon is known as ‘edge-devit’ (devitrification) and is most often caused by grinding the glass edges prior to fusing. This also occurs when using a diamond blade saw to cut your glass. One glass manufacturer explains it this way; “The roughened edges in the ground area create thousands of tiny points from which crystal growth can easily propagate.” The best solution is to score and break the glass as close to your final shape as possible to minimize grinding (or better yet avoid it altogether). If you must grind you could try using a light coat of clear overglaze (i.e. Fusemaster Super Spray) on the ground areas to create