Monthly Archives: February 2014

What next?

I’ve done quite a few articles over the last few days. They’re the result of research I have been doing over the last couple of months. It’s what I do in the quiet, dark and cold evenings over winter when there’s … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Safety Flux

You will be familiar with safety flux if you make tiffany-style copper foiled stained glass panels, and if you are, you may be interested in this posting because it can save  you some money. I’ve looked at several manufacturer safety … Continue reading

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Make your own Copper Patina for Lead and Solder

For a small fraction of the price of a bottle of copper patina solution you could be buying a lifetime’s supply of the active ingredient – and just add water. The chemical you need is called copper(II)sulphate pentahydrate (CuSO4.5H20) and … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Finishing Compound

If you’ve ever used glass finishing compounds like Kem-o-Pro or LIVA Glass Polish you’ll know they’re really useful for polishing your glass, solder and lead work and for giving it a protective coating of wax. They’re  also very useful for … Continue reading

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Squirt Your Frits!

Today I want to reveal some more science that aids the artisan glass worker. It is the result of spotting the recommended use of Aloe Vera gel as a substitute for a more expensive commercial liquid stringer medium product by … Continue reading

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Why Does Black Glass Melt Fastest?

It is not uncommon for glass fusers to notice that black glass comes out of a kiln processed more than clear glass. Some have also noticed that the use of iridised or dichroic glass seems to exacerbate uneven heating, commenting … Continue reading

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