Tutorial for Fused Glass Plate — Step #5

Step #5:  I am going to discuss the firing schedule for this fused glass plate.

** Remember that all kilns are different, even the same kinds of kilns are different.  The heating elements can heat differently in the same kiln.  The point I am making is to test your kiln, so you know how it works for different firing schedules.

Fused Glass Plate -- data sheets

I have made a data sheet for every firing I do in my kilns  (the data sheet is on the right side of the picture).  I keep detailed notes of the firing schedule, the types of glass, the sizes of glass, and any other pertinent info about the glass.

The data sheet on the left side of the picture came with my Skutt 1414 kiln.  It keeps track of the firing schedule that is programmed into each of the six programs available.  I have expanded this data sheet to include all the different firing schedules I use, since I use more than six.

Now, back to the firing schedule for this fused glass plate.  I will be fusing this glass plate in my Skutt 1414 kiln.  The following is my firing schedule:

400  750  15

600  1000  15

600  1470  15

9999  960  1.30

150  700  0.01

This is not set in stone.  I just wanted to tell you what firing schedule I use, so it gives you some idea of where to start.  Other people will have different firing schedules and may disagree with mine.

If you have a different firing schedule, I would LOVE to hear from you.  I am always willing to learn new things.

Christine — Glass Artist

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5 Responses to “Tutorial for Fused Glass Plate — Step #5”

  1. Anne Nye Says:

    Hi Christine,
    I have been fusing for about 6 years and here’s my schedule.
    I have 2 kilns….a small (12″ octagonal shelf) Jenn Kiln and a larger (30 x 60″) Denver Glass Kiln.
    I use this schedule for both.
    SLUMP

    200˚F/hr to 1000˚F hold 30min.
    200˚F/hr* to 1200˚F hold 5-30 min
    (Watch closely, depending on thickness, slump can begin about 1120˚)
    FULL (9999) to 1000˚F hold 1-3 hr.*
    100˚/hr to 500˚F no hold
    *fire slower and hold longer if thicker glass

    TACK FUSE

    250˚F/hr to 1000˚F hold 30min.
    250˚F/hr* to 1350-1380˚F hold 5-15 min
    FULL (9999) to 1000˚F hold 1-3 HRS (*depending on thickness/size)
    100˚/hr to 500˚F no hold

    *fire slower and hold longer if thicker glass

    FULL FUSE

    250˚F/hr to 1000˚F hold 30min.
    250˚F/hr* to 1400˚F hold 5 min
    FULL (9999) to 1000˚F hold 1 hr.*
    100˚/hr to 500˚F no hold

    *fire slower and hold longer if thicker glass

  2. Christine Masters Says:

    Hi Anne,

    Thanks for sharing your schedules.

    How come you ramp up from 200 to 250 degrees F? It just seems very slow.

    What kind of glass do you use? I am wondering, because you anneal at 1000 degrees F. and that is closer to float glass.

    Thanks again,

    Christine

  3. Sue Says:

    Hi Chrisitine,
    I was just wondering if you could post a printable copy of your blank data sheet for all of us newbies to use. It looks far more organized than my regular lined paper in a binder.
    Thanks!

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