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Spirited Colors
Apr 11, 2011
Spirited Colors Playful yet elegant, the simple, straight lines of this pattern makes it a perfect project for beginners. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of System 96. Download Instructions Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site.
Fusing Method
May 22, 2012
Fusing Method Fusing glass in a kiln is a fascinating technique that enables artists to create unique and gorgeous projects. The following fusing rules and firing instructions should provide you with enough information to make a variety of projects, creating an appreciation for the complexities and potential of fused glass, and paving the way for more intricate designs and ideas. Download Fusing Method Instructions. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the href=http //www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html Adobe web site. --   Tested Compatible When glass is heated inside a kiln it expands, and when it cools it contracts. When fusing two or more pieces of glass together, they need to expand and contract at the same rate. Otherwise, when the glass cools, one glass will pull on the other
Learn from the Best- Delphi Guest Instructors
Jul 18, 2014
Learn from the Best- Delphi Guest Instructors We are excited about the Late Summer/Fall 2014 line up of talented glass art experts teaching classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Julie Hann For more than 20 years, Julie Hann has been creating inspired works of glass art. She combines engineering, design concepts and intuitive creativity to express her vision through stained glass, kiln formed art glass and mosaic mediums. Check out Julies work on her Facebook page, JHann Studios.
Vidrio Azul Flores
Feb 11, 2011
Vidrio Azul Flores Make this stunning jewelry pendant with your Fuseworks Microwave Kiln, glass milliefiori, and some basic supplies. This is a great project for beginners since no glass cutting is required. Fuseworks is the quick and easy way to make fused glass art. Download the free step-by-step instructions courtesy of the manufacturer. Download Free Project Guide Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site.
What is Fusing?
May 28, 2012
All Glass is Fusible. Any glass will melt in a kiln when you heat it up; fusing glass successfully depends on knowing how different glasses work together. In our never-ending quest to "Make it Easy," our Delphi Experts have compiled the following pointers to help you make your next masterpiece ... in fused glass. Coefficient of Expansion A Coefficient of Expansion (COE) is simply a measurement of the rate that glass will expand and contract when it is heated and cooled. To fuse multiple pieces of glass together, its important to use glass that is compatible. Fusible glass manufacturers test their glass to guarantee the COE (sometimes referred to as "tested-compatible"). To avoid stress-cracks and breakage, it is very important to use glass that has the same COE. The two main COEs for fusible glass are 90 and 96. The main difference between the two is that 96 is generally
Meet Delphi's Spring 2014 Guest Instructors
Apr 11, 2014
Meet Delphi's Spring 2014 Guest Instructors This Spring Delphi is excited to host two amazing glass artists at the Delphi Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Mosaic artist Carol Shelkin and master of beveling, Kent Lauer, will both be teaching this Spring at Delphi. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Carol Shelkin Carol Shelkin creates contemporary fine art and intricate mosaic designs that feature eminent care and attention to detail using hand-cut, high-quality stained glass. Her life-long passion for art has been honed through studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and under the tutelage of
Beginner Fused Glass Clock
Jan 26, 2011
Beginner Fused Glass Clock Tick-Tock. The Time for Fusing is Now. Delphi makes it easy to get started in glass fusing. Create a fun and functional fused glass clock. It's easy with these step-by-step directions provided by Diamond Tech. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Fused Clock Instructions
Silver Jewelry Clay Basic Instructions
May 23, 2012
Silver Jewelry Clay Basic Instructions Instructions are also available in .pdf format Download Silver Jewelry Clay Instructions Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Imagine A New Type of Silver -Soft enough to shape and mold like modeling clay - that is fired into genuine silver jewelry. All without complex and expensive forging and casting equipment. Its not myth its a real material called Precious Metal Clay (PMC) thats absolutely fun and fascinating to work with. Just mold the clay, let it dry, do final shaping, then fire, polish, and wear. I. What Is Silver Jewelry Clay? A. Silver jewelry clay is a mixture of tiny particles of silver, a binding agent and water. A unique substance that can be sculpted and formed,
Meet Gloria Badiner- Delphi Guest Instructor
Feb 06, 2014
Meet Gloria Badiner- Delphi Guest Instructor We are excited about the Spring 2014 lineup of talented glass art experts teaching classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. First up is cast and kiln formed glass artist, Gloria Badiner. Badiner is a former scientist and studio artist living and working in rural Southwest Michigan. Her studio, Arts & Artifacts, makes commissioned and custom kiln formed glass for architects, designers and furniture makers. Commissioned work includes cast panels, high relief tiles and sculptures as site-specific installations in businesses and residences. Her sculptures include fused, kiln cast, sand cast and dalle de verre works mostly on an intimate scale and are often mixed with copper, silver, stone, bone and found elements. The themes of night and day, nature and human ritual are strong themes woven into
Hair Accessories
Jan 20, 2011
Hair Accessories Add sparkle or spunky personality to your tresses with designer hair clips. This is a great project for beginners. It can be done inside a small microwave kilns. If you use millefiori glass pieces, you don't even need to do any glass cutting. Follow the link below to download this Free Project Guide. Download Free Project Guide Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website. Project shown by artist Tia Collin.
Charm Bracelet Project
May 26, 2012
Charm Bracelet Project Instructions are also available in .pdf format Download Charm Bracelet Instructions Viewing this downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Supplies #69148 Silverplated Charm Bracelet #69150 Silverplated Oval Jumprings #68704 3/16" Pattern Cutter Set #68301 Texture Sheet Set #6845650 Romance Rubber Stamp Set
Meet Delphi's Fall Guest Instructors
Aug 23, 2013
Meet Delphi's Fall Guest Instructors We are excited about the Fall 2013 line up of talented glass art experts teaching classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. Tim Drier’s intricate hollow forms will amaze flameworking fans. Learn valuable new skills from this master glass blower. Gain fusing expertise in Janet Schrader’s classes. Janet has many special tricks to impart that will take your fusing knowledge to a new level. Kent Lauer’s glass magic will enthrall coldworking enthusiasts. You’ll also learn glass gem making from this master of beveling. One look at Patty Gray’s fantastic glass art will have fusers thirsting to learn her secrets. Patty will share some of her unique methods during her Advanced Fusing class. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class
Poppy Field Panel - 90 COE
Feb 22, 2010
Poppy Field Panel - 90 COE Over 25 Projects for Fused and Slumped Designs Learn how to layer and combine clear, dichroic and textured glass with inclusions to create gorgeous flat and three-dimensional pieces. Glass enthusiasts of all levels can achieve spectacular results including decorative items for the home, as well as exquisite jewelry. Features a comprehensive techniques section, detailed photographs and a section of clearly labeled templates so you can create the projects shown.
Tools For Beginners: Getting Started
May 19, 2012
I am looking to buy a stained glass "starter" kit, and any other necessary materials for my girlfriend as a present. We carry a stained glass start-up kit (the Ultimate Start-Up Kit) which contains everything you need to get started cutting and assembling stained glass. This kit contains 10 pieces of glass in assorted colors, a glass grinder, 100 watt soldering iron, carbide-wheel glass cutter, breaking/grozing pliers, running pliers, 1 pound of 60/40 solder, 7/32" copper foil, flux, flux brush, marking pen and a beginning instruction book.
National Book Lover's Day Gives Me an Excuse to Celebrate
Aug 07, 2013
National Book Lover's Day Gives Me an Excuse to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day is a lesser known holiday - much to my disappointment. Its celebrated on August 9th every year. I love books. I love books so much that in my house, every day is Book Lovers Day. Im hoping youll join me in celebrating for this one day at least though. "A book is a gift you can open again and again." – Garrison Keillor "A home without books is like a room without windows." – Horace Mann Books have always held a special place in my heart. They open up a world of new possibilities to me. Each time I come back to a book, I bring fresh experiences and perspective to it, which lets me take something new away from it. Art books are no different. In addition to the bones of the process, the invaluable instruction that they present, they offer an opportunity to dream
Poppy Field Panel - 96 COE
Feb 22, 2010
Poppy Field Panel - 96 COE Over 25 Projects for Fused and Slumped Designs Learn how to layer and combine clear, dichroic and textured glass with inclusions to create gorgeous flat and three-dimensional pieces. Glass enthusiasts of all levels can achieve spectacular results including decorative items for the home, as well as exquisite jewelry. Features a comprehensive techniques section, detailed photographs and a section of clearly labeled templates so you can create the projects shown.
Foiling Glass
May 26, 2012
Selecting The Right Foil To begin you will need to determine what size and type of copper foil you will be using. Foil is available in a variety of widths ranging from 5/32" to 1/2". The most common width is 7/32", but you may find 1/4" width a little easier to wrap around your glass pieces as centering the glass on 1/4" foil is less critical. Its also available in a variety of thicknesses from 1 to 1.5 millimeter. The 1mm foil is the thinnest which makes it the easiest to fold down, but it has a tendency to tear also. The 1.5 mm foil is thickest and works just the opposite. It is harder to fold down and it rarely tears. Deciding the thickness of foil to use is really a matter of preference. 1.5mm foil is recommended for beginners. Foil is available with an assortment of colors copper
Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 2
Jul 24, 2012
Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 2 Part 2 of a 2 part series on the basics of glass fusing. In this weeks article Donna gives advice on indispensable tools for beginner glass fusers. In the beginning, I used one larger tool, and that was a Super Star Grinder. It is still running, running, running. Others have come, and some have gone, but this one is still here. For smaller cold working projects, diamond hand pads do a nice job. The next cutting tool that I bought was a saw. My Taurus 3 Ring Saw has worked extremely well for me, and I love what I can do with it that I couldnt do before, but I worked for 2 years before I purchased this nifty item. As for cutters and breakers, I have many, but for me, the Silberschnitt breaker pliers are a must for small (1/4") strip breaking.....saves so much glass. I use both plastic
Dichroic Bracelet
Sep 19, 2008
Dichroic Bracelet See Amazing Color And Gorgeous Effects With Fusible Dichroic. Dichroic glass adds dimension, pattern and surface variety to your fused glass project. Craft-quality dichroic is good for beginners, offering an economical way to create designs with intensity and brilliance. Mix of patterns and colors in random sized pieces. 1 oz. 90 COE. There are no extra boxing charges for glass packs. Photo is one example, assortments will vary. Layer glass on kiln paper inside kiln and fuse. Beginners can fuse glass in minutes with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln. Delphi Tip - When using black solid or pattern dichroic, place a piece of clear glass slightly larger than the base glass on top to protect the pattern/color. Pendant and earring project images courtesy of Fuseworks. Ring created by artist Melanie Churchill. Click on User Manual to see a quick and easy project using Fuseworks Dichroic Bits.
Bead Making Basics
May 24, 2012
Bead Making Basics Instructions are also available in .pdf format Download Bead Making Instructions Viewing these downloadable files, requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Supplies Item# Description #425632 Fireworks Bead Making Kit or individual components   #425701 Fireworks Torch Heads   #425703 Mandrel and Rake Sets  
Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 1
Jul 11, 2012
Donna Sarafis: Basics of Fusing Part 1 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,
Polka Dots and Posies Plate
Apr 29, 2008
Polka Dots and Posies Plate Pre-Cuts Make Fusing Easy. Make plates and bowls in a snap. Slump pre-cut circles for simple, elegant dishware or create designs with confetti, frit and stringers. Since no glass cutting is needed, this is an excellent product for beginners. 96 COE. Step-by-Step Make A Fused Plate in an Afternoon See project images below. 1. Choose a corresponding plate mold size to slump glass circles in. Use two pre-cut glass circles for best results. 2. Decorate glass circle. Celebration plate created with Liquid Stringer, frit and confetti. 3. Fuse glass circles together. Slump into plate mold.
Firing Instructions
May 23, 2012
Firing Instructions Firing Schedule The pieces should be completely dried. This can be air dried or dried with a heat source such as a hair dryer, heating ray, electric griddle or oven. To verify that a piece is completely dry, place it on a shiny metal surface such as a piece of aluminum foil or the inside of the lid form a candy tin. Leave the piece on the metal for several seconds and then remove it. Look on the metal for a ghost, a water vapor mark that is present if the piece is not completely dry. A second method is to hold the piece against your cheek. The skin on your face is sensitive to temperature. If the piece is not completely dry, it will feel cool against your cheek. When the piece is completely dry, fire it according to the applicable table. I.
5 New Items Just Announced in Stained Glass News
May 14, 2012
5 New Items Just Announced in Stained Glass News Heres our list of 5 Favorite New Items from the May 2012 edition of Stained Glass News. 1. “Hot, Hot, Hot” by Christine Stewart Celebrated glass artist Christine Stewart brings us a long-anticipated new title. In her signature mosaic style she serves up 18 projects ranging from fused glass dinnerware to stunning mosaic wall art created with fused inclusions. 2. “Inspired” by Frankye Cartner and Suzy Huber This stained glass pattern portfolio contains 16 designs for panels in a variety of themes. Each project includes recommendations for using wire, bevels or other accents, and a suggested enlargement size. Projects are certain to provide a fun challenge for beginners and intermediate artists alike. 3. Assembling 3D art just got easier with Handy Wedges These simple non-slip foam rubber blocks offer the perfect solution when you find yourself in need of another set of hands. The triangular shape lends itself to supporting
Pate de Verre Sugar Square
Dec 26, 2007
Pate de Verre Sugar Square Build a repertoire of glass kiln-forming skills using this extensive reference Brenda Griffith gives you a complete at-home course in one of the most popular subjects in studio glass - kiln formed glass. Kiln forming, or glass casting, is melting cut or crushed glass together in a kiln until it becomes a single piece shaped by the mold. By the time you are finished with this book, you'll have mastered all the fundamentals, including draping, fusing, slumping, casting and more. The nineteen projects, from home decor and glass pendents to a spring garden birdbath, are both beautiful and instructive. Best seller is now in softcover. Images below from book.
Cabinet Customization
May 20, 2012
Design And Build A Cabinet Door Panel George Ayars, Delphi Expert Click here to download tip sheet in pdf format If you've never made a stained glass project before, you'll probably want to develop your skills on a test project before you start cutting apart any cabinets. While the panel explained here is not that difficult for a beginner, your expertise will definitely increase with practice. These steps explain how to create a custom-sized pattern and install a finished piece. Refer to the book Stained Glass Basics (item # 6405) or the video Stained Glass Made Easy (item # 6149V) for glass construction methods. CABINET DOOR CONSTRUCTION Cabinet doors typically range between 10 and 13 wide and 20 and 25 high; the project pictured here is 71/2 x 12. Most consist of a four piece frame around a raised wood center panel. The center panel is permanent, but can be
Art Glass: A New Pastime in China
Mar 20, 2012
Art Glass: A New Pastime in China For the last few years, Dan Daniels, founder of Delphi Glass, has had his eye on China. With its rich art history and growing middle class, the country offers a new opportunity for the largest art glass retailer in America. In the United States, art glass, like woodworking or quilting, is a popular pastime. But until recently, China didn’t have the luxury of pastimes. “Ten or even five years ago, the Chinese didn’t have the time or money to take on a hobby,” Daniels said. “Now that’s starting to change.” As a result of economic development, leisure-time activities are becoming more and more common in China. People are spending free time with their families, playing outside or visiting the mall. But there are no big box craft stores offering paper crafts, jewelry or sewing supplies in China. The craft industry as we know it in the U.S. is simply non-existent.
Blue Flame Hanging Panel
Oct 04, 2007
Blue Flame Hanging Panel Build a repertoire of glass kiln-forming skills using this extensive reference Brenda Griffith gives you a complete at-home course in one of the most popular subjects in studio glass - kiln formed glass. Kiln forming, or glass casting, is melting cut or crushed glass together in a kiln until it becomes a single piece shaped by the mold. By the time you are finished with this book, you'll have mastered all the fundamentals, including draping, fusing, slumping, casting and more. The nineteen projects, from home decor and glass pendents to a spring garden birdbath, are both beautiful and instructive. Best seller is now in softcover. Images below from book.
Fused Glass Cabochon & Silver Jewelry Clay Project
May 25, 2012
Fused Glass Cabochon & Silver Jewelry Clay Project Materials/Equipment Small Pieces of Colored and Clear Fusible Glass (Delphi Tip make your cabochon sparkle and use Dichroic glass) Thin-Fire Shelf Paper #7405 Kiln #HB120 or #67401 Safety Glasses #5163 Glass Cutter and Breaking Pliers #5108 and #5068 or Mosaic Nippers #2039 PMC+ Silver Clay #67002 PMC+ Silver Paste #67003 Plus basic Jewelry Clay Tools or the Jewelry Clay Starter Kit #1041 Optional 3 lb. Polisher/Tumbler #67010 and 2.5 lb. Stainless Steel Shot Mix #67501 Directions 1. While wearing safety glasses, score glass with the glass cutter and break using breaking pliers, or use mosaic nippers to cut off small pieces of glass. 2. Cut a piece of thin-fire shelf paper to fit your kiln shelf. 3. Working on the
Beginner's Notes: Making Glass Feathers
Nov 30, 2011
Beginner's Notes: Making Glass Feathers The Feathers of the Phoenix Plate is the most complex plate I have made so far.Making the glass feathers and fusing the plate is an 8-step process. It starts with a glass brick that is fused from layers of transparent and opal glass dammed between four kiln bricks. The brick is then sawed in half and bookended, then fused again. After fusing, the brick is sawed into thin slices with a round diamond bladed Taurus 3 glass saw. The slices are again bookended together and fused with a piece of clear glass on top. All the glass feathers turn out beautifully and never look the same. They can be used in jewelry and plates. The feathers are laid out on a black piece of opal glass and fused flat. Then a transparent piece of glass is placed on top, and the plate undergoes another 12-hour fusing. The last step
Candy Cane
Nov 30, 2004
Candy Cane Use this free pattern to create a holiday themed stained glass suncather, or small panel. This free pattern was created by Delphi's own glass artists and can be done by even beginners to glass crafts. Follow the link below to download and print this pattern from your computer screen. Download Free Glass Pattern Viewing this file requires the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe on your system, you may download Adobe Reader free from their website.
Glass Selection
May 25, 2012
Choosing glass for a project can be as much fun as the actual cutting, foiling and soldering. With an almost endless variety of glass available, even the wildest of imaginations can be satisfied. Some glass is very versatile, other glasses are best suited for specific uses. Youll find the more you work with stained glass the better you will become at picking glass. Look at the pattern and try to visualize the perfect glass for it. Preparation There are many factors involved in glass selection. Here are a few suggestions -If the final piece is for you or a friend, select colors that you or your friend like. If it is for a gift, choose simple colors that are complimentary. -Is the final piece going to be placed where there is a lot of light? If so, choose glass that doesnt wash out in bright light. If not, choose glass
Glass Bead Fish
Jul 21, 2004
Glass Bead Fish Create this sweet tropical fish glass bead. This project by Delphi Artist and Instructor Val Oswalt-De Waard and can be made with basic bead making tools. Fireworks Beginner Bead Making Kit, Tweezers, and Bead Press are used to create special three dimensional effects in glass. A versatile project, try it with different color combinations to create a "school" of tropical fish. Download the free step-by-step instructions and start creating your own glass beads today. Viewing these downloadable file requires the use of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, you may download it from the Adobe web site. Download Fish Bead Making Instructions
Flameworking with Borosilicate
May 28, 2012
Borosilicate Glass Borosilicate, or "boro" for short, is also called "hard glass"; it has a COE of 32 or 33. The lower COE means your finished pieces will have a higher resistance to thermal shock and breaking. Borosilicate glass has unique characteristics, including a fascinating property of changing colors in different types of flames. Boro projects are more easily reworked and will anneal faster than soft glass projects. Because it melts at a higher temperature, bigger and hotter torches are usually the best for hard glass work. Get the Right Equipment Torches for boro are fueled by propane and oxygen, so youll need appropriate hoses, regulators and flashback arrestors. Torches come in a variety of sizes; beginners will likely want to start with a small or mid-range torch. Annealers are handy, but are optional for basic boro work. Delphi has a great selection of all the shaping and hand tools
Fused Glass Jewelry
Fusing glass in a kiln is a fascinating technique that enables artists to create unique and gorgeous projects. The following fusing rules and firing instructions should provide you with enough information to make a variety of projects, creating an appreciation for the complexities and potential of fused glass, and paving the way for more intricate designs and ideas. I. Tested Compatible A. All glass has a coefficient of expansion, or COE. B. Glass manufactured specifically for fusing is often "tested compatible," or guaranteed to be a certain COE. C. The most popular fusing glasses are either 90 COE (Bullseye, Uroboros, Wasser) or 96 COE (Spectrum and Uroboros). D. Always



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