Knowing Your Way Around Glass Fusing Supplies
Glass fusing supplies are elements used in the process of joining glass pieces together. The process consists of the glass being heated to extremely high temperatures in a kiln then poured out to overlap each other as opposed to soldering the pieces together. This fusing must be done with one type of glass alone and not mixed with others. For example, Baoli glass cannot be mixed with Bullseye glass because it leads to cracking. There are a few supplies that are used in the process of glass fusion.
These are necessary for your safety because glass fusing is a dangerous process and you need to protect the skin of your hands.
For the same reason as above, they are needed to protect your eyes from the high kiln temperatures as you go about stirring the glass to molten form then transferring it into the molds.
Glass Color Base
If you have a glass color base, it will create a contrast. There is a wide palette to choose from and you can create your own patterns.
A kiln is required because you will need an area that is well ventilated to cater to the high temperatures that are required for fusion.
The rake works like a yard rake. It moves around the molten glass. This tool is important because it is resistant to sticking.
Mold base materials must be able to accommodate liquid glass during the cooling stage of glass fusing. It should therefore be capable of withstanding high temperatures. Molds can be chosen according to the end product you desire for your fused glass.
A glass supply store should be able to point you out to the right type of shears. They are used to cut glass, both before fusing and after. If there are no shears available then you can settle for similar sized glass cutters.
These are used immediately after the glass cutting stage. Once the fused glass has been scored by the cutter, the grozing pliers are used to nibble the glass.
Fusing glue is a thin adhesive used to keep small glass pieces in place during the fusing process.
Once the glass has been fused, the stress scope will determine any stress areas of the formed glass. If any are detected, then know that your fused glass is likely to crack and you will have to begin the fusing process again.
Base Relief Paste
This boosts the texture of your fused glass. Whatever the texture you want to embellish your glass with such as lines or shapes; this is all available in this paste form.
Also known as a shelf primer, it is commercially available and can be made out of simple ingredients around the house. It is placed on the molds to prevent the liquid glass from sticking on the mold as it cools.
The purpose of this tool is to apply kiln wash to the shelves in the kiln and on molds. Remember. Never engage in this process without proper safety gear.
There are numerous journals available to assist you if you are new in the glass making and eventually the glass fusing process. Though it may seem taxing at first, the finished product is worth the blistering wait by the kiln.