How to make kiln fired glass

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  • Often see in windows, cathedrals
  • See a lot of plates and bowls made this way, esp if you frequent craft fairs like Crafty Bastards
  • Most difficult of the 3Can make sophisticated pieces where colors swirl together, big art pieces like Chihuly’s chandelier at the Bellagio
  • Been around since 2000 BC – Egypt3 techniques: Fusing, Slumping, Casting
  • Small knife, looks like an Exacto penScore the glass, it’s crystal so it breaks along your score!
  • Stack the pieces into your design
  • CAREFULLY place in a kiln Fire at a relatively high temperatureHow hot you fire determines how fully the glass layers melt together
  • Result is a flat piece of glass (unless you just did tack fusing)
  • Drape the flat glass over a mold
  • Put in the kiln a second time at a lower temperatureDANGER if you open the kiln too soon, the glass will cool too quickly and break
  • Result is glass with a shape – usually a curve of some kind
  • Cast glass is another kiln-fired technique. You make a mold then put broken glass into itFire at a high tempChallenge: tubes with curves!
  • How to make kiln fired glass

    1. 1. Warm GLASS The basics of kiln-fired glass craft
    2. 2. 3 KINDS OF GLASS ART Cold  Stained Glass Warm  Kiln-Fired Glass Hot  Blown Glass
    3. 3. STAINED GLASS
    4. 4. STAINED GLASS Flat (mostly) Cut to fit design Solder together
    5. 5. KILN-FIRED GLASS
    6. 6. KILN-FIRED GLASS Curved (can be) Fired in kiln (2x) Melted together
    7. 7. HAND-BLOWN GLASS
    8. 8. HAND-BLOWN GLASS Any shape (almost) Hand-shape design Colors blend together
    9. 9. How ToMAKE KILN-FIRED GLASS ART
    10. 10. STEP 1: CUT GLASS
    11. 11. STEP 2: STACK GLASS
    12. 12. STEP 3: FUSING
    13. 13. STEP 3: FUSING
    14. 14. STEP 4: SLUMPING
    15. 15. STEP 4: SLUMPING
    16. 16. STEP 4: SLUMPING
    17. 17. ALT: CASTING
    18. 18. THE ENDCheck Out: Washington Glass School

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