after fossil vitrea do fire polishing??

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    marV
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    I have just taken my 12″ clear 96 Coe circle out of the kiln. I did fossil vitrea technique with maple leaves sifted with frit, put those on kiln paper and glass on top. Did lengthy soaks and took the piece to 1425F. Leaf shapes look great on top surface but the surface that was on the leaves is not smooth. How best do I get a smooth surface on these leaf images – fire polish? Or do I sift clear powder over the leaves and re-fire to fuse? I will be slumping this piece when I resolve the issue of the roughness.

    #13207
    marV
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    I was hoping for some helpful suggestions but alas none. I guess I will sift clear powder over the rough leaves and re fire with that side up in the kiln. Will see.

    #13208
    wordana
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    I don’t think you need to sift clear powder, just fire polish.

    I guess I was just wondering why anyone would want to get rid of the texture. For me, it’s part of the beauty of the technique!  :)  I love the fact that you can often see relief from the stem and veins of the leaf — this would be lost with fire-polishing.

    To each his own!

    Dana W.

    Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass Designs

    http://www.jestersbaubles.com

    #13209
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    If you are going to fire polish you will need to ensure the piece doesn’t devitrify which will be the tendency after firing the surface against fiber paper. A very light sift of clear powder (as you suggest), an overspray, of a light sand blasting will all do the job.

    My preferred way to finish fossil vitra is a light sand blasting and then slump. That gives you a nice matte finish that shows off the imagery nicely.



    Paul
    FusedGlass.Org
    Helios Kiln Glass Studio
    PaulTarlow.com

     

    #13210
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    If you are going to fire polish you will need to ensure the piece doesn’t devitrify which will be the tendency after firing the surface against fiber paper. A very light sift of clear powder (as you suggest), an overspray, or a light sand blasting will all do the job.

    My preferred way to finish fossil vitra is a light sand blasting and then slump. That gives you a matte finish that shows off the imagery nicely.



    Paul
    FusedGlass.Org
    Helios Kiln Glass Studio
    PaulTarlow.com

     

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