Adding gold powder to fused glass
- September 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm #9164
I’ve been working with fused glass off and on for about 2 yrs. Last year my mother gave me some gold powder that my grandfather used in interior paint 75 years ago. The gold is real but I don’t know the carat weight although I think it’s 24K. I would like to use this in fused glass as you would glass powders. I do not have my own kiln but the person who’s kiln I use is OK with anything I try. I work with 90 COE. Do you think this is possible? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
deeSeptember 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm #10574petra kaiserParticipant
The best way to find out is to use some (you can mix it with clear glass fine frit or powder and aloe) place it on a small 2″ x 2″ glass – crystal clear would be your best bet – let it dry than cover it with a piece of clear and fire it at full fuse temp.
Glass and metals can react with each other – like red glass turns black where it is touching fine silver. I don’t know if this would be the case with gold and colored glass, this is why I suggested the crystal clear. Experimenting is the key of the game – with just small amounts of coarse.
petra kaiser – http://www.kaiserlee.comSeptember 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm #10575
Thanks Petra for you information and help. I will try the combination you suggested. Does the aloe have to be pure aloe or can it be the aloe gel that I have at home for sunburn with a few additives?
Thanks again for all your help,
deeOctober 12, 2009 at 5:26 pm #10573
I tried to make a coaster just to see what would happen with the gold powder. I used different colored frit and added the powder to it between two 3″ clear glass circles. The edges fused before the frit and powder melted and a gas occurred in the middle of the circles creating a bubble that is at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches across and 1/2 inch high. The glass in the middle of the bubble didn’t melt but created a rattle. I did find out that the “gold” powder is mostly copper. I have a beautiful blue “blob” on one side and you can see copper splotches on the underside. Although it really looks cool and I won’t be doing this again curiosity wants me to to see what I’d get next time.
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