Fusing Single Layers of Glass
- June 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm #9593EclecticTreasuresParticipant
I just cut out a set of “Christmas” trees and some “packages” (square shapes) that I want to wire wrap as ornaments. I want to fire the pieces just to get smooth edges. Should I fire at slumping temperature, use a higher tack fuse temperature or ??? Any/all suggestions are welcome.
Thanks for your help!
BarbJune 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm #12091Stephen RichardParticipantJune 14, 2011 at 2:57 am #12092wordanaParticipant
Slumping temps will not round the edges — they’ll still be fairly sharp. Take the temp to somewhere between 1350 & 1500 deg (yes, that’s a wide range) and fire for a short period of time. 5 minutes at the upper temp should do it, or a little longer at a lower temp. If you have a peep hole the watch the progress, all the better
Dana W.June 14, 2011 at 11:13 am #12093BeckiParticipant
You’ll have to take them higher than slump temp but I don’t go any higher than 1400 to avoid distortion.
BeckiJune 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm #12094EclecticTreasuresParticipant
I did some experimenting before I got your feedback. I did a firing at 1325 for 10 minutes and it had no effect on the pieces. So I tried 1375 for 18 minutes (my “soft fuse” schedule) and they turned out great!
Your comments have verified my experiment – so thanks so much!
BarbJune 17, 2011 at 12:57 am #12089thomas deckerParticipant
just for what it’d worth since all kilns are different I like 1365 degreed for about 12 min. workes well for me.June 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm #12090blamdimondParticipant
I had tried 1345 with no success, but was very sucessful at 1365. My kiln is very small, so I only held for about 5 minutes.
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