Sunday, August 21, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Instructor: Helen Cowart
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
Glass is a magical material - it refracts light and color and transmits it in so many intriguing ways. In this class, we will discover how you can mix frit powdered glass with a binder to create a moldable glass “clay". With this glass clay you can make jewelry and components for jewelry.
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
Recommended Materials and Tools:
NOTE: When choosing your glass, please pay attention to the CoE number, typically 90 or 96 for fusing. CoE, or coefficient of expansion, is a small but very important factor in fusing. Glasses of different CoEs generally cannot be mixed and will result in stress fractures and breaks.
- Glass Bird Modeling Clay kit
- A selection of 1-4 different colors of powdered glass frit. Delphi carries Bullseye (CoE 90) and Spectrum (CoE 96) glasses.
- Distilled water
- Standard kitchen measuring spoons
- Small bowl for mixing the glass clay
- Small spatula, craft popsicle stick, or other stirring/mixing tool
- Jewelry cabochon silicone mold, choose something simple
- N95 dust mask
- Safety glasses
- A kiln, this list starts with least expensive: **
- Ultralite Beehive Pro Studio Kiln, Rio Grande. I strongly recommend purchasing the dial controller ($33).*
Skutt FireBox 8 Kiln - (dial/pyrometer), Clay-King
Rapidfire Standard Pro-L - (digital temperature setting, but not programmable better than a dial-controlled kiln), Tabletop Furnace
Rapidfire Standard Pro-LP - Tabletop Furnace
Olympic Hotbox HB64 Kiln w/3 Key Controller - Soul Ceramics
Olympic Hotbox HB64 Kiln w/3 Key Controller - Sheffield Pottery
Evenheat Studio Pro STP Kiln - Rio Grande
Olympic Hotbox Kiln w/3 Key Controller - Sheffield Pottery
- Olympic Kiln - Hotsie - Soul Ceramics
- Paragon SC-2 - Delphi Glass
- Kiln shelf - this depends on the size of your kiln and it will usually come with your kiln.
- 1/2" Kiln Posts - 4 Pack (ceramic supports) - also usually comes with your kiln.
- Kiln separator paper - Use Bullseye Thinfire or Spectrum’s Papyros
- Glastac by Bullseye. Elmers or wood glue will also work but use sparingly or it will leave a residue.
- Pencil and paper for sketching and note-taking
- Cling wrap
- Small airtight container
Optional Materials and Tools
- Quartz sand - this will be used to support certain 3-dimensional objects
- Container to hold quartz sand (stainless steel, unglazed porcelain, or terracotta container)
- Triple Ripple diamond drill bit
- Diamond drill bits (coring bits)
- Bullet burr diamond drill bit
* I think this is a good piece of equipment to try. It can be used for PMC, keum boo, and enameling as well. I also strongly recommend getting an infrared thermometer (Amazon) to monitor the kiln's temperature.
** I recommend a small enamel kiln with a digital controller. You can use it for fusing, enameling, PMC work, and heat hardening metals. You can use a kiln with a dial, but you will need a pyrometer and to watch it constantly which is very time-consuming and inconvenient.
There are quite a few kilns that can be plugged into a regular 15 amp household receptacle. It is very important to check your work space’s circuit panel to make sure it can handle the amperage of the kiln you want to buy.