|Stained Glass • Fusing • Mosaics • Jewelry Supplies|
|Place a fused bracelet strip of the desired length on the prepared bracelet mandrel so that it is centered lengthwise and perpendicular to the mold. Turn the tabletop the kiln on high and monitor the bracelet until it has softened and the ends have drooped and are pointing straight down. Important safety note: Before manipulating the bracelet, turn off the kiln, put on the heat protective gloves and remove the lid of the kiln.|
|Wearing protective gloves, hold the bracelet tongs with both hands and starting at the top of the bracelet begin to gently glide the graphite paddles along the surface of the bracelet until you have slid down past the bracelet mandrel. It's important to note that you are maintaining constant contact with the glass and are actually gently pressing the glass into the mandrel and not pushing down on the glass. This "locks" the glass to the mandrel so that it doesn't move off center and out of position.|
|To push the ends of the bracelet up and under the mandrel, gently rotate to the right and continue gliding along the surface of the glass until you have reached the right end of the bracelet. The handle of the tongs should nearly be touching the collar of the kiln when you have completed this motion to ensure you have a secure wrap.
Now repeat this same motion and gently rotate the tongs to the left and push the left end up of the bracelet up and under the mandrel.
Once complete, place the lid back on the kiln and check the pyrometer. It should be in the 1000-1100 deg. Fahrenheit range. If it's higher, remove the lid for a few seconds to allow the heat to dissipate and continue to do so until the pyrometer is in this temperature range. Turn the kiln on low and allow it to soak for 30 minutes to anneal the glass properly. Once complete, turn the kiln off and wait for it to cool off to room temperature before removing your completed project.
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The EZ-Pro kiln is pre programed with 8 firing schedules for glass. As well as programs for annealing and metal clay. These are general firing schedules which form the basics of fusing. As you learn more about the glass pieces you are firing you can adjust these schedules by programing your own schedules into the empty slots to further get the results you are looking for.
I just got the EZ-Pro table top kiln & I was currious do I do a slumping program for it, or do I program it in to where it does just the slumping firing & then shuts off?
I am a beginner at fusing--I just got a tabletop kiln and can't hardly wait to get going! The tips and instructions are so much help in keeping up my confidence that "Maybe I CAN do this", I really appreciate it!!! I have learned a great deal just by looking at all the supplies you sell for fusing and reading about how they are used--things I never thought were possible for a small operation, for example, the dam mold I just found, opened my eyes to the idea that I can fuse glass blocks and cut them with my ringsaw. Gosh, what an amateur I sound like!! Hopefully, not for too long. Thank you again.