My large red iridized plate turned out very gorgeous. None of the texture was lost and the iridized red is very cool, but so hard to take a picture of it. The iridescence must play tricks on my camera. I am still trying to get a decent picture of it right now.
I put a bunch of glass earrings in the kiln to be fire polished, which means heating up the kiln to 1300 -1400 degrees. This will make the edges of the glass nice and polished and shiny. I also put in three glass pendants that needed fire polishing, as well. Two of the glass pendants are heart-shaped and when I fused them the first time, some of the detail of the heart was lost. So, I ground the edges to make them look more like a heart again. I hope this works.
I have been experimenting with another glass technique. I made a heart shape out of cherry red frit glass powder and a gel called Liquid Stringer Medium (LSM) made by a company: www.fusionheadquarters.com. This LSM is mixed with glass powder and then practically anything can be done with the glass powder. I have tried putting it in a squeeze bottle and “drawing” lines on another piece of glass. If you use less of the LSM, then you can make shapes with it. I made a small heart using a small cookie cutter. I let it dry overnight and then fired it to 1350 degrees. You don’t want to go too hot or you will get a puddle of glass. At 1350 degrees, the LSM holds the shape you molded. I previously fired this particular heart when I was slumping two glass spoon rests and a couple of glass stands, where the highest the temp. is 1275 degrees. Like I said, I am experimenting 🙂 The heart kept its shape, but got a little smaller. The surface didn’t get very shiny, which is why it needs to be fired to a higher temp. I think it will look much better this time. The LSM burns off in the kiln, leaving just the glass powder.
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