Using a ceramic kiln for glass and fusing glass to steel and stoneware

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    docweathers
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    At this point I primarily due welded steel sculpture and thrown stoneware pottery. I would like to integrate glass into this.

    1)   I have a large gas ceramics kiln. I know this is not ideal but I would appreciate any ideas or references on how best to make use of it for glass.

    2) I would like to slump glass onto my ceramics and steel.  Any guidance or references and how to go about this would be appreciated.

    thanks Larry.

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    Stephen Richard
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    If you put (or have) an electronic controller on the kiln you just need to look at the published schedules for fusing and apply them.  With experience, you will be able to speed up some elements of the scedules as the heat in most gas kilns is much more even than in electric ones.

    Fusing into/onto steel or stone is not likely to be successful.  The expansion characteristics of steel is so different from glass that the jointing cannot be done in the kiln.  The stone is unlikely to susrvive the heating and cooling process.  So the usual recommendation is to make a refactory mould of the object and fire the glass over that.  Then glue the glass and steel or stone together.

    Stephen Richard

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

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