Float Glass Advice
- June 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm #9809JHible18Participant
Pre-warning: I am a newbie so please excuse all the questions! I looked around on the forum and didn’t see them answered anywhere, but please forgive me if they were.
I recently started glass fusing and love it. My parents are building a new house and have tons of old window glass. It is not in frames – just the glass itself. I know it can’t be fused with anything else because of the COE, but I just want to be sure that it is safe to put into a kiln. Is there any kind of glass that should NOT go into the kiln?
My good friend owns a window business so I can get tons of it, but he was asking what kind I prefered? Tempered? Old leaded (sounds scary), etc. Any ideas?
Also, I am in the market for a kiln. My glass teacher is a distributor for Olympic. Has anyone had good/bad experiences that they could share? I’m not opposed at all to buying a different brand. Just trying to gather opinions!
Thanks so much!
JennieJune 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm #12573AnonymousInactive
There are lots of excellent techniques for using float in a kiln (which is absolutely safe) – but they are generally different from the types of things people do with System 96/Uro/Bullseye. Firing temperatures (and schedules in general) usually run about 100 degrees F higher with float tha “fusible” glass. It also has a much higher tendency to devitrify – so consider an overspray (like Super Spray).
Slumping, kiln-carving, and using enamels all work well with float.
You can remove the temper from glass heating and re-annealing it.
Helios Kiln Glass Studio
PaulTarlow.comJune 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm #12574WebetilinParticipant
I am also new to fusing and this site. I am confused about the difference between float glass and fusing glass. What determines which uou would use?
I really love this site, thanks so much for,sharing this wealth of informatin.
Flee at webetilin’ Studios
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