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art educators : getting started in warm glass

Getting Started In Warm Glass

Fusing Getting Started

Fusing glass in a kiln is a fascinating technique that enables artists and crafters to create unque and gorgeous projects. Fusing is a process, just like stained glass or mosaics, and once you know all the terms and tools, the creating is fun!

1. All glass has a coefficient of expansion, or COE. Glass made specifically for fusing is often "tested compatible," or guaranteed to be a certain COE (usually 90 or 96). Use the same COE glass in a project, or else it could break apart after firing!
Use sheet glass, frit, confetti noodles or other types of glass to create different effects.
2. Once you have the glass, you'll need a kiln. Already have a kiln? Great, get double the use out of it! Don't have a kiln? Delphi has a huge selection of kilns and accessories. The proper kiln for you will depend on what size project you want to make, and your voltage and space limitations.
3. Accessories expand the range of fusing effects, and some are very simple to use. Molds and shelf paper are two of the easiest to use.

Teresa Batten,
Delphi's Kit Manager,
made this butterfly
by tack fusing frit
(just enough melting
to the the glass
to stick together).
butterfly abc
This frame was made using fusing
and copper foil stained glass techniques.

Delphi Expert George Ayars
made these great sunbrust tiles
by cutting his design in shelf paper
and fusing the glass on it to create
these dynamic impressions!

Beadmaking Getting Started

Beadmaking Steps

1. Warm glass in flame.
2. Evenly wrap the molten and glowing glass around a mandrel.
3. Continuosly roll the mandrel and bead in the flame to shape it.
4. Hold the bead at an angle and roll it against the marver edge to bevel the end.
5. Place the bead and mandrel between the layers of fiber blanket to cool. This very important step keeps your bead from breaking

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