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A Beginner's Guide to Kiln-formed Glass

Beginner's Guide to Kiln-formed Glass

Manufacturer: Lark Books
Axner Number: A996391
Weight: 1 lbs., 9.60000 oz.

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by Brenda Griffith

Softcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Lark Books (2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1-4547-0122-6
ISBN-13: 9781454701224
Dimensions: 10.3" x 8.9" x 0.6"
Shipping Weight: 1.6 lbs.

Kiln-forming enables you to alter glass in several ways to achieve many beautiful effects. You can slump or drape glass over a mold to change its shape. You can also cast small pieces using a mold, or fuse glass elements together by placing them flat on a kiln shelf, and forming them to create one entirely new piece. Incorporating metals into glass, either for functional purposes or as decorations, is another option.

Artist Brenda Griffith's comprehensive introduction to the craft presents all the fundamentals, moves beyond the basics, and provides nineteen projects as learning tools and jumping-off points for your own imagination.

Get up and running by buying kiln time from a local glass studio and purchasing a few basic tools and supplies. When you're ready, follow Griffith's recommendations for choosing your own kiln and her advice on studio setup and safety. There are also lists of add-on, advanced, and specialty tools that will give you additional flexibility and enable you to complete more challenging work.

Learn every aspect of the varied techniques, from cutting and preparing the glass to firing and finishing it. By the time you finish reading this section, you'll also understand the processes so that you can plan how to use them in order to get the results you want in your own finished work. In addition, you'll find tips for troubleshooting common problems.

Each project will familiarize you with a new technique. Remember Grandma's beautiful apple-pie crust? You can replicate that lattice pattern on a wonderfully evocative slumped plate that's strong enough to serve as the base of a table centerpiece. Simple and gracefully shaped, an iridescent pendant's eye-catching multi-level effect is created with simple fusing methods. Take a look at the cast dragonfly paperweights. They're fun as well as functional. And the festive candy dishes? You'll make the confetti and streamer motifs with mica powders sandwiched between two layers of glass.

From a Pop Art Fish Clock to a Lace Wall Sconce, each piece will shrine in your home.

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