A Glass Business and Taxes

Yes, everyone knows it is tax time!  My dear husband is doing them right now.  With our Glass Business, there is a lot more work involved and my husband is not enjoying himself.  There are a lot of people out there who know exactly how he feels.  I suppose after considering all the time and frustration, he may look into having someone else do our taxes. 

We kept really good records of purchases and sales and have a great spreadsheet of our inventory.  However, it never fails, there is  always something that comes up where we have to search and search for something.  I try to stay away from my husband, because he would rather be frustrated by himself.  I am not involved in it, except a few little things, like figuring out the cost of the glass items we sold.  I also help out by keeping the inventory data up-to-date.

I am looking forward to the time when he has it all finished and I’m sure he is looking forward to it much more than me 🙂


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Back to Work Fusing Glass

I didn’t take much of a break after the Craft Fair last weekend.  I slumped a bowl a few weeks ago into a new mold that had steep sides.  After slumping it, the rim of the bowl was uneven.  I went to my favorite source for information about all things to do with fusing glass: www.warmglass.com 

I found a “Warm Tips” as they are called–just a short blurb about a topic of interest.  They come out every once in awhile.  Here is the link to the exact page I am referring to: http://www.warmtips.com/20051223.htm.

It says to make sure your kiln is level, as well as the kiln shelf and even the mold.

All molds for slumping bowls and plates, etc, need to have a couple of holes drilled in the bottom of the mold.  The holes allow air and gas to escape from under the glass as it is being fired.  If you don’t have holes drilled or if they are plugged up with kiln wash, you will get a bubble in your glass.

The next tip is to let fire slowly and at 1100 degrees, let it soak there for awhile.  This will help the glass slump more evenly.  Don’t fire the kiln higher than it needs to go.  This may also cause an uneven edge.  Slowly raise the temperature to around 1250 degrees and let it soak, but not for very long.  The longer you soak it, the more chance you will get an uneven edge. 

So today, I slumped the bowl flat on the shelf.  It isn’t perfectly round, so I will need to do some grinding.  After that, I will try again to slump the glass in my mold.  Now I have good information about how to do it better.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.


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Tutorial: How to Fuse a Glass Pendant

I want to show you how I fused this silver/blue dichroic glass pendant.


Tutorial: Dichroic Glass for Pendant

1.  This is the Silver/Blue Ripple Dichroic Piece of Glass that I used.


Tutorial: Templates for Glass Pendant

2.  For this pendant, I made a template for the shape of the pendant that I wanted to make.  I first drew the shape and then I used transfer paper to transfer the shape to a thick piece of cardstock.  Then I cut out the shape.


Tutorial: Templates for Glass

3.  I glued the template onto the back of the dichroic glass, because it is much easier to score and cut the glass on the smooth side.


Tutorial: Templates for Glass Pendant

4.  At the same time, I cut a slightly larger template that I glued onto a piece of Bullseye Clear Glass.  This clear piece of glass will lie on top of the dichroic piece of glass when it is fired in the kiln.