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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 • Reative 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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