Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Glass Art Fusing

Glass Art Fusing When purchasing a kiln for glass fusing, it is important that you purchase a kiln that has all the necessary items to accomplish this technique.
I have recently been asked to help an art teacher at a local school. Although she knows a little about glass fusing, she wants to teach this craft to her students.Glass Art Fusing  After a long discussion with her, I went to the class to see what supplies they had already purchased.
The district had purchased a kiln for around $800. They had also purchased other supplies for the class. I went to the school to see what kiln she was planning on using to teach these 200 plus students.
The kiln she had purchase was about medium size, but was not suited for teaching glass fusing. If you have never purchased a kiln, Glass Art Fusing you might think that any kiln would work, right? Let me enlighten you by using this particular kiln to demonstrate what is needed to accomplish glass fusing.

Glass Art Fusing All kilns are diverse and unique. No two kilns will heat up or cool down the same. Glass Art Fusing There are big differences when the kilns are different sizes. It might take one kiln forty-five minutes to reach 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, while another kiln might take an hour to reach this same exact temperature. Since this kiln did not come with a pyrometer, there was no way to tell what the temperature would be inside the kiln.
On this particular kiln, there was no viewing window. Glass Art Fusing This is not uncommon for kilns, and not actually a necessity. Without a viewing window you can't see what is happening inside the kiln. If there was a viewing window and no pyrometer, at least you could use the window to judge the process inside the kiln.
There was a peep hole on this kiln. Although it was located on top of the kiln. Since heat rises, it could be a hazard to try to peek inside the kiln through a peep hole located on top of the kiln. The temperature inside will reach well over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and the scalding heat could burn your skin.

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