FUSED GLASS

IS A FORM OF GLASS ART. ART OBJECTS CAN BE CREATED BY MELTING (FUSING) TWO OR MORE PIECES OF GLASS TOGETHER IN A KILN TO FORM A SINGLE PIECE.

FUSING LEVELS:

TACK FUSE - GLASS PIECES ARE FUSED TOGETHER WITH LITTLE CHANGE BEYOND SOFTENING OR ROUNDING OF EDGES. YOU USE THIS LEVEL WHEN TRYING TO PRESERVE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DETAIL IN A PROJECT. (FOR DECORATIVE USE - NOT RECOMMENDED FOR FUNCTIONAL DISHES.)

CONTOUR FUSE - GLASS EDGES ARE SOFT AND ROUNDED, YET THE PROJECT SURFACE RETAINS A DEGREE OF DIMENSION. YOU USE THIS LEVEL WHEN YOU WANT LAYERS TO BE MORE FULLY COMBINED, BUT DETAIL IS STILL DESIRED.

FULL FUSE - GLASS WILL MELT TOGETHER COMPLETELY AND HAVE A SMOOTH SURFACE, WHILE STILL RETAINING THE PERIMETER SHAPE OF THE PIECE. 


SLUMPING

IS WHEN A PROJECT HAS BEEN FUSED  A SECOND TIME TO FORM A FUNCTIONAL OR ARTISTIC THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE SUCH AS A BOWL OR PLATE USING A MOLD.


COEFFICIENT OF EXPANSION OR COE

IS A MEASUREMENT OF THE RATE THAT GLASS WILL EXPAND AND CONTRACT WHEN IT IS HEATED AND COOLED.

THERE ARE TWO MAIN COE'S FOR FUSIBLE GLASS: 96 COE and 90 COE


GLASS FUSING COMPONENTS:

DICHROIC GLASS

IS METALLICIZED GLASS THAT DISPLAYS TWO DIFFERENT COLORS BY UNDERGOING A COLOR CHANGE IN CERTAIN LIGHTING CONDITIONS.

TRANSLUCENT GLASS

PERMITTING LIGHT TO PASS THROUGH BUT DIFFUSING IT SO THAT PERSONS, OBJECTS, ETC, ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE ARE NOT CLEARLY VISIBLE.

TRANSPARENT GLASS

HAVING THE PROPERTY OF TRANSMITTING RAYS OF LIGHT THROUGH ITS SUBSTANCE SO THAT BODIES SITUATED BEYOND OR BEHIND CAN BE DISTINCTLY SEEN.

OPAQUE GLASS

NOT TRANSPARENT OR TRANSLUCENT; IMPENETRABLE TO LIGHT; NOT ALLOWING LIGHT TO PASS THROUGH.

FRIT

THE TERM "FRIT" REFERS TO GRANULAR CRUSHED GLASS. COMES IN VARIOUS PARTICLE SIZES AND MANY COLORS.


STAINED GLASS

COLORED GLASS USED TO FORM DECORATIVE OR PICTORIAL DESIGNS, NOTABLY FOR CHURCH WINDOWS, BOTH BY PAINTING AND ESPECIALLY BY SETTING CONTRASTING PIECES IN A LEAD FRAMEWORK LIKE A MOSAIC. STAINED GLASS IS A UNIQUE ART FORM THAT DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON LIGHT TO BRING OUT ITS HIDDEN BEAUTY AND NUANCES OF COLOR.

 

BASIC STEPS IN MAKING STAINED GLASS ART:

1. GATHER TOOLS AND SUPPLIES.

2. FIND A PATTERN YOU LIKE OR DESIGN ONE YOURSELF.

3. PICK OUT THE COLORS OF GLASS YOU WANT TO USE FOR YOUR PROJECT.             

4. CUT OUT PATTERN AND GLUE PIECES ONTO THE CORRECT GLASS.

5. CUT AND THEN GRIND THE PIECES OF GLASS.

6. COPPER FOIL THE GLASS PIECES.

8. SOLDER AND FINISH PROJECT.

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial

"Precious Art Glass created my custom design, got it done fast and created an art piece that exceeded my expectations in its quality and beauty."  Damien Carrillo, Tucson, AZ". 
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