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FREE! Online Kiln-Glass Education for Kiln Frog Customers with Bullseye Videos

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FREE! Online Kiln-Glass Education for Kiln Frog Customers with Bullseye Videos

Did you know ANYONE can make glass art in ANY kiln? That's right! Glass art can be made in any kiln, even in your heat treat kiln or your ceramic kiln, or your jewelry kiln, or your blade oven! You can create any glass art your heart desires. Bullseye Glass Co. inspires glass makers everywhere, helping them build foundation skills, learn about techniques, and discover forms for projects. Bullseye Glass Co. offers many lessons, tips, and videos to help guide you in any glass art project. Each 10-15-minute kiln glass education video is designed by Bullseye instructors and appropriate for...

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Moving Your Studio Kiln... and other crazy annoying things!

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Moving Your Studio Kiln... and other crazy annoying things!

It's a fact of life that humans are nomadic. We try to settle down in one place, but as comfortable as we get, we eventually pick up all of our stuff and move it to another location. As an artist I am certainly not immune to this condition. Over the last 15 years I will have moved my studio 4 times. First my home, then my first real studio out of my house - 8 years, then the next one - 3 years, now this one - 2 years. The reasons always seem legitimate; bigger space, which eventually raised rents...

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Undercover Heat Work; Top Fire, Side Fire, Both?

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Undercover Heat Work; Top Fire, Side Fire, Both?

I've been doing this kiln forming thing for almost 15 years now, so you'd think that I'd have it ingrained in my brain when I need heat from the top and when I need heat from the side. Recently I was attempting a new project that was 3" x 3" thick by 6" long.  It was dammed with clay dams and then heavily bricked to keep the dams in place. I concentrated hard on making sure the firing schedule was pristine and the annealing was generous and smart. i never even considered the heat work issues. I was blissfully ignorant! The...

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Venting Your Kiln; Why & When?

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Venting Your Kiln; Why & When?

When I first started fusing glass in 2001, the subject of venting your kiln was really not much of a discussion. Everyone vented the kiln to cool it. The kiln manufacturers would wince when the topic came up. They hated it, but we all thought that was what we were supposed to do.  In glass fusing we called it "crashing" or crash cooling. We basically opened the kiln at 1470F (full fusing temperature) and then let cool air into the kiln until the thermocouple reading was below 1200F. This might have to be done a few times to account for...

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