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Glass Art Fusing and Stained Glass Making Techniques

A successful glass melting session can only take place if the necessary glass melting supplies are available. Glass melting is not just a technique; it is also an important art form, allowing an individual to express their idea on glass.

Getting started with glass melting is a very simple process. The equipment required for melting glass is glass furnaces, pyrometer, molds or molds, glass separators, and some essential cutting and safety tools. Ovens, which are made specifically for baking, are the best. You can also use kilns designed for ceramics. The ovens come in different sizes and capacities. Choose the one that suits your needs and budget. If you are looking for fused glass art supplies visit

The pyrometer is again one of the most important glasses melting supplies. It is an instrument that can display and control the temperature inside the oven. The pyrometer is a kind of thermometer, which also has a controller that helps to control the combustion of the furnace. Aside from the oven, you also need a shelf or support to place the pan if you intend to sink it. Shelves are usually made of lightweight refractory material or clay. Molds come in steel, clay, or different forms of plaster or cement mixes.

The nature of the glass is also an important factor for a successful fusion. Although you can use it of any type, some types work better than others. Simple window glass, which is commonly referred to as float among professionals, can work wonders.

Like stained glass, fusion work is an equally popular and important art form. The first step in getting started with this art form is to create an inventory of the required stained glass tools and know the procedure for using the tools to create a stained glass artwork. You need colored glass pieces, etching cream, a glass cutter, brushes of different thicknesses, lead wine, cloth, and a solder. A special pen with which you can write on it is also essential.



What Are Fused Dichroic Pendants?

You may have seen beautiful jewelry that was labeled 'dichroic' and wondered what exactly that means. Dichroic comes from the Greek meaning two colors. The glass appears to be different colors when viewed from different angles or in different degrees of light. In basic terms, it means that dichroic glass reflects one color when light reflects off the surface and transmits a second color when light passes through it.

Today's dichroic glass is a branch of the space program where it was used in faceplates to filter out unwanted spectra of light. Today, dichroic glass has many different applications, from the beautiful jewelry worn by artists to the optical and security industries. To know more about dichroic glass, you may visit

The process used to make dichroic glass is very technical and is called "Thin Film Physics". It is an expensive process in which the glass is first cleaned at the molecular level and then coated with thin films of elements such as titanium, magnesium, zirconium, and others.

The elements are vacuum deposited on the glass. Up to thirty layers can be applied and the elements used are those that give the glass the different colors available. The time required in the vacuum container can be anywhere from two and a half to four hours, hence the high cost of this unique glass.

The glass is sold to artists in small sheets which are then cut by hand to fit the artist's design and melted in an oven for eight or more hours at temperatures that can reach over 1490 degrees. Dichroic glass is also available in glass rods for the lamp art artist to produce beautiful beads. Murano artists use a torch and glass rods to produce the beads on mandrels which are then also put into an oven for about an hour to anneal.