Filling a mold with dichroic frit?
- May 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm #9969
I’ve heard not to fusse dichro to dichro, so does this mean I can’t fill in a mold with dichro frit and fuse it?May 29, 2013 at 2:42 am #12934wordanaParticipant
The problem with dichro to dichro is that you are metal to metal, and there’s nothing to “stick” to. If you are using dichro frit, there should be enough base glass, and it’s all tumbled together, so that you are fusing dichro to glass.
That being said, I would probably use just a little dichro and fill mostly with transparent glass (or clear), and I would start with just a piece or two of jewelry as a test. I think you may get results you are not necessarily expecting. With what little I have done, I haven’t been happy with the result.
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsMay 30, 2013 at 11:25 am #12935
Thanks for your reply!May 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm #12936Marg MacNeilParticipant
I do it all the time and in fact am at a cruise shio this morning where I just sold several. I use clear dichroic. First I put a base of black down and then I have mixed some clear with the dichroic, there is more dichroic then clear . I fill the mold and in the kiln it goes. They are beautiful when they come out. I then refire to fire polish. I will post a picture later today to show you
Sydney, NS CanadaMay 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm #12937
Thanks for that info! I got the “CBS Black Cherry Dichroic Frit 1oz on clear glass” I was thinking about using for a heart mold.So I can use this, BUT also add in some other non-dichroic and it should work?June 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm #12938Marg MacNeilParticipantJune 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm #12939AnonymousInactive
I prefer to wrap dichro in paper and smash with a hammer for my frit. The manufactured dichroic frit is not only crazy expensive but has about 70% of the surface covered with dichroic film. That leaves onlly about 30% “bare” glass that will actually stick to the other glass/dichro. I find I get smoother surfaces using the crushed sheet since there is more glass free to stick/flow.
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PaulTarlow.comJune 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm #12940
Thanks for the link Marg, and thanks Paul for the tip! I will definitely try it out!July 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm #12941katkramerParticipant
Just kidding! Paul Tarlow got me over my fear of frit!!
Kat KramerDecember 24, 2018 at 10:44 am #12942MaryPetriParticipant
Frit Molds are becoming increasingly more popular. I have read an article in mhrwriter.co.uk review services stating, especially with all the new styles of jewelry molds coming out. Getting a beautiful finished project can be tricky at times. Never fire your mold more than 500 degrees per hour; and never over 1450 degrees.
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