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Contempory Fused Glass

Contemporary Fused Glass



by Brad Walker

208 pages and over 150 full color photographs, including over 90 photos of inspirational contemporary warm glass artwork from artists throughout the world.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Hot glass, warm glass, and cold glass • A brief history of warm glass • Fusing, slumping, and kiln casting • Summary of warm glass processes • Basic equipment

Chapter 2 - Glass types and forms
Compatibility and COE • Cathedrals and opalescent • Tested compatible glass • Stained glass • Iridescent glass • Dichroic glass • Float glass • Borosilicate glass • Available shapes and sizes • Sheet glass • Frit and powder • Stringers • Rods • Shards and confetti • Cullet, billets, patties, and dalle

Chapter 3 - Supplies and Equipment
Kilns • Kiln furniture • Kiln wash and fiber paper • Overspray's • Adhesives • Manual tools for cutting • Grinders • Glass saws • Gloves • Respirators • Polishing equipment

Chapter 4 - Glass Cutting
Basic tools • Cutting fundamentals • Strip cutting • Circle Cutting • Cutting systems

Chapter 5 - The basic fusing and slumping process

Heating phase • Soaking phase • Rapid cooling phase • Devitrification • Annealing phase • Cooling to room temperature phase

Chapter 6 - Preparing the kiln for firing
Protecting the kiln floor • Mixing and applying kiln wash • When to reapply kiln wash • Using fiber paper • Placing the kiln shelf into the kiln

Chapter 7 - Keeping a firing log
Keeping a notebook • Documenting the firing schedule • Making comments


Chapter 8 - Basic coaster and tile projects
Designing the coaster • Cutting out the glass • Loading the kiln • Fusing the glass • Care and cleaning • Suggested coaster designs • Glass cutting tips

Chapter 9 - Molds for slumping
Slumping versus draping • Clay • Stainless steel • Cements • Ceramic fiber, including "wet felt" • Plaster/silica • Drop rings • Found molds • Chart of types of molds • Applying kiln wash to molds • Using fiber paper with molds

Chapter 10 - The basic slumping process

Fuse first, then slump • Selecting the mold • Designing the piece • Cutting out the glass • Preparing and loading the kiln • Fusing the glass to form a flat "blank" • Slumping the glass to form a bowl • After the slump • Beyond the basics

Chapter 11 - Troubleshooting

Cracked glass • Unwanted air bubbles • Dull patches and Devitrification • Baked on kiln wash • Uneven fused edges • Uneven slumping • Sticking to the slump mold • Fused panel slightly bowed

Chapter 12 - Surface techniques for fusing
Adding texture • Tack fusing • Texturing with tiles, molds, and related materials • Kiln carving • Powder, frit, and stringer • Glass paints and enamels • Decals • Mica • Reactive Glass

Chapter 13 - Inclusions in fused glass
Firing schedules for inclusions • Metal inclusions • COE and melting point for common metals • Organics and other materials • Air bubble inclusions

Chapter 14 - Beyond two layers
Pattern bars • Slabs, sinks, and related thick items • Coldworking

Chapter 15 - High temperature firing
High fire • Pot melts and wire melts • Combing • The Vitrigraph kiln

Chapter 16 - Bottles and recycled glass
Bottle slumping • Fusing and casting recycled glass • Making recycled glass tiles

Chapter 17 - More about slumping
Key principles • The significance of depth • The concept of span • More difficult slumps • Drop rings • Floral formers

Chapter 18 - Coldworking and finishing
When to coldwork • Basic coldworking process • Coldworking by hand • Coldworking machinery • Building a coldworking studio • Fire polishing • Polishing sprays and waxes • Drilling holes • Creating holes while fusing • Acid polishing • Signing your work • Displaying the piece

Chapter 19 - Kiln casting
Model creation • Mold manufacturing and preparation • Filling the mold with glass • Casting with glass frit or chunks • Using a crucible drip • Pate de verre • Firing the casting • Annealing and cooling • Removing and cleaning the casting

Chapter 20 - Making your own
Devitrification spray • Kiln wash • Frit • Stringer • Confetti

Chapter 21 - Health and safety

General precautions • Kiln safety • Eye protection • Hearing protection • Ventilation • Respirators and masks • Ceramic fiber products • Hazardous chemicals • Cuts and scrapes • Burns • Essential safety equipment

Chapter 22 - Firing made simple

Fusing • Slumping • Simple casting • Firing without a controller

Resource listing

References


Index


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