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Tips & Techniques

In today's world Delphi stands out by offering friendly, personalized, and expert service. Our staff knows stained glass, fusing, mosaics and jewelry crafts because we love creating using these techniques. In fact, some of us are even teachers. Here is a sampling of the many questions and comments we have received from you and would like to share with you. Don't be surprised if you discover a letter of your own.

New Help Comments

Basic Soldering Techniques Comment

by Karina Foster on May 11, 2017

153 Posts
Top Contributor Gallery Artist

@ If you have used a solder that contains lead (such as 60/40 or 50/50) you can use Studio Pro Copper Patina or Novacan Super Brite Copper Patina to get rich, copper color solder lines. It is important to use a flux remover and to clean the solder lines well before applying patina. The Patina Buddy is a brass scrubbing tool that works well when you are cleaning, and will help you to get the most consistent finish possible.

Glass Fusing Comment

by Karina Foster on Apr 13, 2017

153 Posts
Top Contributor Gallery Artist

@ When slumping glass that has already been fired to create a 1/2" thick slab of 12" diameter, it will be very important to slow the ramp rate and include soak time on the ramp up to avoid thermal shock. The following is in degrees Fahrenheit. Try a schedule of ramp rate 150/hour to 1000 degrees, soak 30 minutes. 150/hour to process temperature (about 1275), soak 15 minutes. 999/hour to 900 degrees, soak 2-3 hours. 300/hour to 700 degrees then shut down and allow to cool fully to room temperature before removing the project from the kiln.

Special Events & Classes

classes and workshops

Delphi offers a huge variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in a wide variety of art glass and jewelry crafts. Classes are offered in different formats, from one 2-1/2 hour session, to all day classes, to multiple week sessions. Browse the schedule below to find the class that's right for you! All classes are in Delphi's state-of-the-art classrooms in our Lansing, Michigan location. Sign up for a class or request more information by calling 800-248-2048 or 517-394-4685.

Visit Delphi Creativity Center

Delphi Center : Visit Us

See finished examples of every technique, and try not to be overwhelmed by all the project ideas. Get tips from the pros to make your projects even better, take a one-day workshop, or even learn a new technique in our demo areas. There is always something creative going on at the Delphi!