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Wissmach Black Opal Thin - 90 COE

Wissmach Black Opal Thin - 90 COE

Item# W02902
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Best basic black for jewelry making, September 30, 2021 5 stars
Pros
This glass is thin and lightweight making it perfect for making fused glass earrings that aren't too heavy to wear even when layered with other layers of glass. I have used up to 3 layers of glass in making some earrings
Cons
You have to be very careful about which side you score and cut. Always use the smoothest side or the glass will fracture in undesired areas
Other Thoughts
I buy this every time I need black glass
Top Tools Pistol Grip Cutter

Top Tools Pistol Grip Cutter

Item# 63862
1 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Favorite hand cutting tool, September 30, 2021 5 stars
Pros
I love the comfort and balance of this tool. I find it easy to control and glide across the glass
Cons
none
Other Thoughts
never use the oil because it gets all over the place and I don't like having to clean it up
Top Tools Running Pliers

Top Tools Running Pliers

Item# 63987
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Running Pliers that really work, September 30, 2021 5 stars
Pros
I love these running pliers because they are so easy to use. Just line up the line on the plier that's located by the top screw with the score mark you previously made on the glass and gently press. You don't risk cutting your fingers when you use a tool like this versus snapping glass by hand.
Cons
None
Other Thoughts
Over time, the rubber cover will wear out--but I didn't need to replace mine for several years and I use it all the time. I bought extra pliers so I could teach classes
Bullseye Thinfire Shelf Paper - 20-1/2 x 20-1/2 Sheet

Bullseye Thinfire Shelf Paper - 20-1/2" x 20-1/2" Sheet

Item# 7405
best fusing paper, September 30, 2021 5 stars
Pros
This paper is easy to cut and easy to clean away after firing. It leaves the bottom of your glass with a very nice, smooth finish
Cons
I have no cons
Other Thoughts
I feel it's important to keep the paper smooth and unwrinkled before using for more than one reason. ex-wrinkled paper on a tile can cause the glass to slide around--also-wrinkles under glass can affect the surface smoothness/texture of your glass. It's not hard to keep it smooth before use--just keep it slightly rolled like it usually comes in the mail. Clean us is not difficult either. After my work comes out of the kiln, I wipe away the fused paper with a damp paper towel to control any possible dust- and then brush everything away with the damp cloth.
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joined:Jun 19, 2015
location:Signal Mountain, TN US
display name:suparlily