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Fine Lines

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Looking for a new way to use stringer? Try this Quick Tip for a Mid-Century modern inspired design... and it's so easy! Start by holding the stringer with thumbs and forefingers, place the spot you want to bend in the tip of a tea light candle flame. Apply a light pressure until you feel the glass soften. Lift the stringer out of the flame to cool and set the angle. Keep the stringer relatively flat as you move on to the next bend. Carbon will burn off in the kiln, so there’s no need to clean.Just a reminder to always wear eye...

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For the LOVE of Vitrigraph

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Did you know you can make your own stringer for use in kiln-glass work? Vitrigraph is a special hot glass technique that involves pulling hot glass through a hole in the floor of the kiln.  Yes... that 's what I said! These glass stringers are fine strings of glass that can be used to create your own unique curved forms you can’t find elsewhere. Bullseye Glass TechNotes 2 describes the vitrigraph equipment and processes developed at Bullseye in the early 1990s by Narcissus Quagliata and Rudi Gritsch, in the process creating a whole new vocabulary for fused glass. Here are some...

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COE Does Not Equal Compatibility!

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The compatibility of glass is always going to be a hot topic as we see many questions asking... Is Bullseye glass COE 90? Or, can I fuse two bottles together? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not simple. The word compatibility refers to the properties of glass that allow it to be heat-bonded with another glass such as in a kiln. For many years, it was believed compatibility was solely determined by the properties of expansion in different glasses. Due to this, an overemphasis has been placed on the numerical value of the COE (coefficient of expansion) of glasses.The...

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The holidays are coming — break out the punch! (The paper punch, that is)

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Bullseye Glass Quick Tip: In this Quick Tip, you will learn how to combine punched silver foil design elements with Tomato Red Opalescent for something truly festive just in time for the holidays!Silver, in the form of thin sheets, can be fired with glass in the kiln to produce a palette of effects, ranging from subtle to dramatic. We just love the variety of effects you can get!Keep in mind, when working with foil that sometimes it can be a real pain as it's super thin and likes to stick to everything. So, before punching out shapes or cutting them with scissors, take the...

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Math + Design

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Bullseye Glass Quick Tip: This Quick Tip shows you how to combine the power of mathematics and the beauty of metallics to create an awesome design!The Fibonacci sequence is a numbering system found in nature, from flower petals to seashells. It’s pleasing to the eye (even if you’re not aware of it) and a versatile design tool. The sequence starts with a one, followed by a one. Each subsequent number is equal to the sum of the preceding two numbers: F (1) = 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21...For this project, Bullseye translated the beginning of this Fibonacci sequence into centimeters...

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