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    dpfans
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    Okay, I am fairly new to fusing (less than a year) and I have a question.  Is there any way to make both sides shiny?  I use thinfire paper but the bottom has the thinfire texture and is not shiny like the top side.  Any suggestions on how to get both sides shiny like the top side?  I was thinking of getting a Stainless steel sheet and putting that in my kiln with some spray that I use on my stainless steel molds. Would that work and make both sides shiny or would the stainless steel sheet possibly break my kiln shelf?  Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.

    #12784
    Stephen Richard
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    The way to have both sides shiny consistently is to go to glass blowing.

    Accept that in fusing one side is going to be smoother than the other – except in special circumstances..

    If you really don’t want to accept that, then invest in some serious coldworking.

    Really, one side rougher than the other is a feature of fused work.

    Stephen Richard

    blogs at: http://www.verrier-glass.blogspot.com/ and  http://www.glasstips.blogspot.com/

    #12785
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Slumping with “bottomless” molds (drop rings) will get you shiny on both sides. You can then cut off the rim for a more traditional bowl shape.



    Paul
    FusedGlass.Org
    Helios Kiln Glass Studio
    PaulTarlow.com

     

    #12786
    Tami
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    I fired some pendants, using dichroic with clear glass on top. One pendant came out with a dull spot where the rest of the piece was typically shiny. Another came out with the glass completely dull. Can anyone advise me as to what went wrong? All of the other pieces came out fine, and I used the same clear glass over various types of dichroic.

    #12787
    Stephen Richard
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    by Tami

    “I fired some pendants, using dichroic with clear glass on top. One pendant came out with a dull spot where the rest of the piece was typically shiny. Another came out with the glass completely dull. Can anyone advise me as to what went wrong? All of the other pieces came out fine, and I used the same clear glass over various types of dichroic.”

    It sounds to me that you have not thoroughly cleaned the pieces.  It sounds like the classic mild devitrification.  This gives a group of cleaning options: http://glasstips.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/cleaning-glass.html

    Stephen Richard

    blogs at: http://www.verrier-glass.blogspot.com/ and  http://www.glasstips.blogspot.com/

    #12788
    charlotte
    Participant

    You can get rid of devit by making a borax mixture. You can find it by googling.

    #12789
    Stephen Richard
    Participant

    This is a note about the preparation and application of borax solutions to glass, which can be done before the initial firing or on an already devitrified piece.

    Stephen Richard

    blogs at: http://www.verrier-glass.blogspot.com/ and  http://www.glasstips.blogspot.com/

    #12790
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I’ve had mixed results with borax.  The directions for preparing it are on this site here:

    https://fusedglass.org/learn/recipes/devitrification_spray

    I much prefer the commercial Super Spray and Bending Glaze products.



    Paul
    FusedGlass.Org
    Helios Kiln Glass Studio
    PaulTarlow.com

     

    #12791
    gizzmogirl
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    Sarah D.

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