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    Hello

    I would like to know if anybody knows of a good book about fused glass. Want to have a go at making fused glass jewelley but cant find any local courses so was looking for a book that might help me.

    Thanks

    Sam

  • #2
    Hi Sam,

    There are probably several books which you'll need . .

    Innovative Adornments by Jane Persico is specifically about making fused glass and wired jewellery.

    Contemporary Warm Glass by Brad Walker is a good beginners book on the fusing basics and a bit more.

    The Fused Glass Handbook by Gil Reynolds is also a good starter book on fusing itself.

    Introduction to Glass Fusing by Petra Kaiser has step by step instructions

    Fuse it . . not sure who it's by . . but again has step by step instructions on projects.

    You don't need to buy all them at once . . but I would suggest one specifically aimed at fused glass jewellery and one on glass fusing itself to start with.

    Most of these books aren't that cheap tho . . best place is Amazon.co.uk . . you can probably pick up one or more of them at discounted or 2nd hand prices

    If you want any more info or need any more help let me know
    Gloria

    www.dichro-findings.co.uk
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    • #3
      I'm not sure you have just "have a go" at fused glass as you'll need a kiln (or at least access to one) and they're not cheap! You can get small microwave kilns. A friend of mine has successfully used one to make fused pieces, but I've no personal experience.
      Fae ~ Designed by Fae
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      • #4
        Originally posted by creativefae View Post
        I'm not sure you have just "have a go" at fused glass as you'll need a kiln (or at least access to one) and they're not cheap! You can get small microwave kilns. A friend of mine has successfully used one to make fused pieces, but I've no personal experience.
        Hi Sam,

        creativefae is absolutley spot on! I have two kilns . . and not only were they expensive to buy . . they do cost money to run on the Leccy! I've never tried microwave kilns either . . it might be a cheaper way to start tho . . even a small cube sized kiln will cost anything from around £350 to £600 and if you get the bug you'll wish you bought a bigger one straight away!!

        But it isn't just the kilns . . there are some other basic kit that you'll need just to get started:
        1. Glass - obviously
        2. Glass Cutter
        3. Cutting surface
        4. Straight edge
        5. Glass nibbling/breaking pliers
        6. Fusing glue
        7. Shelf/Kiln Paper
        8. Shelf Wash
        9. Marker pen
        10. Accurate ruler
        11. Loads and loads of patience and practice
        If you get the bug this can multiply into all sorts of weird and wonderful gadgets, tools and supplies fairly quickly.

        Some of the suppliers will sell you starter kits of tools and glass relatively cheaply:
        www.warm-glass.co.uk - largest supplier of fusing glass. Ask for Simon or Pippa . . very helpful and knowledgeable.
        www.creativeglassguild.co.uk - they sell two different sized microwave kilns as well as tool kits and other supplies. Ask for James . . he's very helpful.
        www.creativeglass.co.uk - Ask for Kenny or Angela
        www.tempsfordstainedglass.co.uk - Ask for Freddy
        www.bullseyeglass.co.uk

        If you need more help or advice let me know . . I'll be happy to oblige
        Gloria

        www.dichro-findings.co.uk
        Etsy Shop
        Artfire Shop
        dichro-findings blog

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        • #5
          Gloria (dichrofindings) has given really good ideas/advice and support all of these.

          I have a small kilnand my initial investment was £1000 (kiln and a few bits of glass), and I mean a few bits of glass. Dichroic glass is extremely expensive as you need a variety of patterns, textures to start experimenting.

          I now have a good selection of glass, but in the last 2 months have spent £2000 on glass alone - yikes!!

          It is not one of those hobbies unless you are serious about it - because it is so expensive.

          That said, it is extremely rewarding and great fun to do.
          Take care

          Kathryn
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