How to Fuse Stained Glass

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Stained glass can be fused together in artful ways by using a kiln to heat the glass to the right temperature for a prescribed amount of time. Fuse glass panels together for an interesting effect with helpful instruction from an experienced glass artist in this free video on glass crafts.

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Hi, my name is Phil Materio and I'm with McMow Art Glass in Lake Worth, Florida and today I'm talking about glass fusing. Here I have a stained glass panel that was made with traditional stained glass method of copper foil. Here I have a stained glass of, a stained fuse glass panel with the same pattern. What I did with this, with this pattern here is I took a piece of clear glass; a bottom piece of glass and I cut an exact same design out that I cut this panel out with and place it on top of the clear glass and then put it into the kiln and brought it to fusing temperature. There are some very important things you have to think about and, and control when you're doing glass fusing. The most important is the glass has to be compatible and compatibility means that the glass has to expand and contract at the same rate or the glass will not stay together; once it's fuse in the kiln, it will crack and come apart. So that's the most important thing to remember. And then the next thing to remember is your, your firing schedules in your kiln. You have to be precise in your firing schedule so that the pieces that you put in the kiln come out the way you want them to come out. Some kilns are pre-programmed and some are not. You have to program them. Some are manual kilns without programs; so it's something to think about when you're, when you're fusing. What can you do with glass fusing? Well you can do anything you can do in stained glass in glass fusing but you are limited to the size of your kiln. So you have to keep that in mind. You can do things like tiles for back splashes, for floors, for just about anything. You can do pendants and cabochons for jewelry which is very very, very very nice and very popular right now. You can do free form vases or bowls or plates; or you can just do some decorative art, whatever you choose to do; in, in stained glass you can also do in, in fuse glass. There's also another part of fusing called glass casting; this is kiln casting and this is done as a one time deal; it's more artistic in nature and it, it's done with the mold and clay. But pretty much that's, you know, that's the gamut of what you can do. And that was a little information about glass fusing. If you have more questions about glass fusing, go to your local stained glass retailer and ask them for more information on glass fusing.


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