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Stained Glass... Can it be fused? Picture Glass... Can it be fused?
I have a lot of stained glass setting around. Unfortunately, soldering was too difficult for me to grasp, and so it sets. Some of this glass is Kokomo Glass, and the rest I purchased at Hobby Lobby. Can I place stained glass in my electric kiln without it harming my kiln? Can stained glass explode and splinter the walls of the firing chamber? I am wanting to use one piece of stained glass by itself for a particular project instead of combining the glass with another and layering. I plan to do a full or tack fuse and then slump it over a plate.
I also want to use stained glass on top of lava cloth. Will this work (if stained glass is truely fusible.) or must I use kiln wash or fiber paper to protect the shelf? Is lava cloth easily removed from stained glass?
If these types of projects can be done with stained glass are there any specific firing schedules I should use? For example, does it melt at a higher or lower temperature than that of fused glass (I use all COE90)? Does it require a slower ramping when being heated and cooled? Longer or shorter holding times? Most of my fused glass is Bullseye. It full fuses in my Paragon kiln at 1425 degrees, tacks at 1400 and slumps at 1375.
I was given a piece of broken glass that had been used in a picture frame. Is picture glass fusible? Is it considered a "float"? If picture glass can be used for fusing projects, is there a problem if it is that of a non-glare type? Will it melt at a lower degree than COE90?
Thanks for all of your expert advice!