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This item: 1/8" Flat U Zinc Came - 20 lbs. Box
Rigid zinc came provides a strong border for your art. 1/8" Flat U (FU) zinc features single-wall construction with a 1/8" face and 5/32" wide channel for glass. 20 lb box contains approximately 200 pieces, 6 ft each.
Use to frame small panels and to create picture frames. Images below from "40 Great Stained Glass Projects" book #6324.
Pros : Love the quantity that you get of this product. It's easy to work with, but is also strong and light. I've used it on a variety of applications, and like the strength the product adds.
Cons : If the glass project is very large, or needs a LOT of support, this came is not the one. You need to get the came with a void space built in. I prefer the 1/4" as the step up from this 1/8" came.
Other Thoughts : Biggest bang for buck if you ask me. You can create "H" shaped came easily, which makes a very strong product, with just a little effort.
Part 1 of a 2 part blog on the basics of glass fusing. In this weeks article Donna will tell us how to set up your work area and gives suggestions on finding the perfect kiln. Often potential fusers ask about the cost of getting started in glass. I found that it isnt as expensive as one might think because the list of necessities for the beginner is not too long. So what would the list look like for someone who had NO experience at all? Well, this is what I began with, and I think you might find these ideas helpful. Space to Work- A place to cut glass can be fairly small. The most important detail is a floor surface such as concrete that will be easy to clean. I tried commercial tile in my first studio, and the shards were soon embedded under the work area. Obviously,
To celebrate the end of the year for Boy Scout Den 41 in Tampa, Florida, the kids had a Mosaic in the Park party. Using stained glass chips nipped into triangles, each boy made a mosaic picture frame for his mom for Mothers Day. The boys wrote personal messages to their mothers on the back of the frames. Their troop leader grouted the frames, and each child had a hand-made mosaic project for Mothers Day. The kids loved making them, and the moms loved the frames. This is a very easy project. It requires no glass cutting by the kids, and no previous mosaic experience. Time saving tips 1. Draw a border around the edges of the frame and instruct the children not to go past the line - this allows room for grouting the edge. 2. Nip chips into triangles, and nip 1/2 of those triangles into smaller triangles.
It is true. Even the best of us get bored. We work and learn and experiment with one medium or one itty piece of said medium (which, like a new love, we are infatuated with - can think of nothing else)…but, after a while -things can get stale. Its normal. The beauty is to realize that all these lovely and wonderful and awe inspiring mediums do not have to live in a vacuum. When you get bored with one…do a little of what I like to call "Medium Mash-Up." My latest mashups have been with my own fused glass and silver. You can only fuse so many pendants and plates before youve had enough. For me, that means its time to move on to another process for a while. After working in silver (mostly rings) and loving it…one day I found myself staring longingly at my lonely and unused kiln