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Opaline Overlays

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Opaline Overlays

Bullseye Glass Quick Tip: This Quick Tip shows you the beauty of Opaline sheet glass! Amazing on its own—also a great tool to expand your color palette in kilnforming, creating new colors with distinct properties. As an overlay, expect subtle changes when fired over light value styles and more dramatic effects over dark values. Style codes for glasses above:White (000113-0030), Driftwood Gray (000132-0030), Elephant Gray (000206-0030), Deco Gray (000136-0030), Slate Gray (000236-0030), Black (000100-0030)

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The Firing Stages of Glass

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The Firing Stages of Glass

We get lots of questions about the overall firing process... fast or slow, open or don't open?  We also understand the anxiety that accompanies firing your kiln for the first time or, trying a new technique. Don't forget, we are glass-a-holics just like you... and, have had a few missteps along the way. With that said, here is a quick look at the stages of firing.  So, the next time you have a question... hopefully, you will have the answer! Initial Heating from Room Temperature (room temperature to 1200°F range)  During the initial heating, the glass is very brittle and susceptible to...

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Get the Look with Stripes and Dots

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Get the Look with Stripes and Dots

Bullseye Glass Quick Tip: This Quick Tip, shows you how to get a fun summer look using rods to easily create simple stripes and dots. Stripes - Use a complete layer of rods as the base, then cap with 3 mm Clear and fire to a full fuse. To ease set-up and prevent rods from rolling, make yourself a square frame from 1/16" fiber paper. After firing, the shelf side will have a smooth, semi-matte finish, while the top has glossy goodness. Slump with either side up! For variation in line width, place a stringer in the low spot between rods....

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Top 10 Platemaking Tips

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Top 10 Platemaking Tips

Bullseye Glass Studio Tip: As many people are receiving their first kiln this holiday season, we thought it would be helpful to share a Tip Sheet on Platemaking that contains our favorite Top 10 platemaking tips. Plates and platters are popular projects for both advanced and beginning kilnworkers, and platemaking is a perfect way to learn kilnforming’s two most frequently used methods: fusing and slumping. The tips shown in this sheet are basic and they are the building blocks for more advanced kilnforming methods. Because the object is to make functional plates with smooth surfaces, these notes assume that the...

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Volume & Bubble Control

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Volume & Bubble Control

Bullseye Glass Studio Tip: No matter if you are new to fusing, or have been doing it for years, bubble control is part of your life. For many kilnformers and glass artists, nothing is more frustrating than when a project emerges from the kiln distorted or full of large bubbles. For others, controlling distortions and bubbles may be an integral component of their work. Whether you wish to avoid them or control them, you will need a fundamental understanding of the factors that cause distortions in kiln-glass.   In TechNote 5: Volume and Bubble Control, Bullseye Glass shares a number of great...

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