How to Use Studio Scraps
- November 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm #10041diamondgirlzParticipant
I was wondering if someone could tell me how they use studio scrap glass in their fusing projects. I sometimes see lots of studio scrap (coe 96) for sale on ebay, and I received a 10 lb box of the stuff when I bought a used kiln. Not sure what to do with it.
Thanks for the help!November 13, 2013 at 12:40 am #13095PlurpleParticipant
Frit! Make frit from those scraps. You can make your own frit maker for a few dollars if you buy some steel pipes. A small one (in diameter) with an end cap, and a larger one (that the small one with the cap will fit into) with an end cap. Put the glass in the big one, then put the small one in cap down, and hit it with a hammer! Frit! I have a little magnetic parts bowl I put it into to get out any possible metal fragments.November 13, 2013 at 1:59 am #13096
Lots of ways:
* Pot melts or mesh melts (http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Pot-Melt-Technique-with-Bullseye-Glass)
* Check Paul Tarlow’s ebook for lots of ideas: http://fusedglassbooks.com/
* make a glass “box” out of clear, with 1/4″ to 1/2″ inch sides and no top (hold pieces together with transparent tape). Fill with scraps, wrap with strips of fiber paper to dam, full fuse, and cut for pattern bars.
* stacked glass piece: http://www.glassartbymargot.com/Blog/fused-glass/dam-or-not-dam-that-was-question/
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsNovember 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm #13097betncaParticipant
Dana, do you leave the transparent tape on when you fuse the box? And if so, do you vent the kiln during the initial heating?November 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm #13098
Yes, I do leave the tape on. It will burn off. I use only a little on the corners & then here and there on the bottom edge to attach the sides to the base. I’ve also used hot glue, which works well. You just need to remember that whatever you use, the box needs to be dammed because the tape or glue is going to burn off way before fusing temps.
I do not vent the kiln. There is so little tape that it doesn’t make a difference. In fact, I rarely vent my kiln, and I always use Papyros for firing (Spectrum’s answer to ThinFire). I haven’t had a problem.
Of course, that load I just put into the kiln will now be jinxed! It does contain a scrap box, and a few other “scrap projects” where I was trying to fill up corners in my large kiln. Depending upon the initial firing results, my thought is to create a drop vessel out of the scrap box. Seems like there could be some interesting glass flow…
BTW, the scrap box idea was something I learned in a class taught by Patty Gray (http://www.pattygray.com/). If you ever have an opportunity to take a class from her, do it. You’ll learn so much your head will swim , and she is a delightful teacher.
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsDecember 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm #13099redhotbeadsParticipant
I love the scrap box idea – I’m curious as to what firing schedule to use. I haven’t done pattern bars before but would love to try. Any information is much appreciated!
_________________________December 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm #13100
I just throw them in with a large kiln-load, so it’s my “standard” fusing schedule (Sys 96) for two- to three-layer pieces:
Seg Rate Target Soak
1 150 1100 30
2 50 1250 60
3 250 1460 15
4 1500 950 90
5 100 700 00
Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass DesignsDecember 29, 2013 at 12:27 am #13101
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