Sunday, June 19, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 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.
This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.
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 create and manipulate glass to make jewelry, art, and functional art pieces. Learn about how glass flows and volume control, how the amount of heat, and repeated heat, affect the outcome of your glass work.
We will cover the skills and techniques you will need to create your own small glass work. The hands-on project will use the basic techniques of cutting, fusing, and drilling small glass pieces to create jewelry.
Please contact Helen with any questions about your class tools or materials purchases via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Please be sure to select 2mm (“thin”) or 3 mm thick glass.
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.
- Selection of 2-4 different colors of fusible glass. 8" x 10” sheets are good, or precut shapes are a good option too. Delphi carries Bullseye (CoE 90) and Spectrum (CoE 96) glasses.
- 1 Clear 12” x 12” sheet of glass.
- A kiln. Listed below start around $530.
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
- Skutt FireBox 8 Kiln - (dial/pyrometer), Clay-King
- 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
- Glass cutter/scorer or this one. I recommend the Toyo brand. The better the tool, the better the score.
- Glass cutting oil
- Running pliers
- Triple Ripple diamond drill bit
- Diamond drill bits (coring bits)
- N95 dust mask
- Safety glasses
- Glastac by Bullseye. Elmers or wood glue will also work but use sparingly or it will leave a residue.
- Glass cleaner - alcohol-based, vinegar-based, or ammonia-free. NO Windex or ammonia-containing cleaners. It will leave a residue on the glass.
- Towel. Paper or cloth, preferably lint-free.
- Pencil and paper for sketching and note-taking
- Sharpie for marking your glass for cutting. If you use a metallic Sharpie, be extra sure to clean it off before firing. I’ve had it survive a full fuse and leave a mark.
- Newspaper or a paper towel under the glass to catch any shards or splinters. Scoring and breaking will create tiny shards.
Optional Materials and Tools
- Glass cutting waffle board
- Kiln wash - if you don’t want to use kiln paper.
- Haik brush - a fine hair brush made with a bamboo/reed handle for applying kiln wash. This will give your kiln shelf a nice smooth surface.
- Stringer for decorating your glass. You can buy a sampler tube of multiple colors.
- Dichroic Glass
- Dichroic Slide decal paper
- Cut-resistant gloves - rubber coated are best
- Candle or torch to bend stringer
- E-6000 glue to attach a glue on bail. Clear epoxy glue is also good or this one.
- Bullet burr diamond drill bit