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Open Access Glass Fusing Studio

Open access glass fusing studio

Now you can pursue this entertaining artform without having to spend the effort, time and money required to set up an expensive glass fusing art home studio and buy costly tools, kilns, and supplies. After taking a warm glass fusing class or if you have glass fusing experience, you can use our studio to create!  Make unique dichoic glass necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets, barrettes, belt buckles, spoon holders, bowls, cutting boards, wind chimes, scuff links, sushi plates, etc.  These fused glass artwork make distinctive birthday, wedding, family, personal, holiday and mother’s day gifts at very affordable prices. You will get the personal satisfaction of making them yourself, save lots of money if you have many gifts to make and avoid the hassles of setting up a costly glass home studio. Share ideas, knowledge and experiences with our other studio members.  Join our studio and have some fun!

MEMBERSHIP PLAN

  • use of our studio, equipment and tools.
  • instruction and coaching from our staff.
  • firing and finishing all the pieces made.>
  • Click here to see our price list
 What is Glass Fusing and why it is called Warm Glass Fusnig

Glass fusing is defined as the bonding of glass in a kiln. To know why it is called warm glass fusing you should know why glass blowing is called hot glass. When you are blowing glass or lampworking with it, you are working in front of a torch or furnace hence the word “hot” in hot glass.  With glass fusing you are still working and manipulating the glass, but the kiln does the work, you working with the raw glass to create your pieces, and then fire them in isolation, so you get “warm” not “hot”.

About Glass Fusing Dichroic Glass 

.This type of glass is named because of its light transmitting and reflecting properties.  Dichroic comes from the word dichro-matic meaning it has two color properties:

  1. it reflects one color of light
  2. it transmit another color of light

A dichroic coating is deposited on a glass surface.  Depending on the glass type it can be user for stained glass, fusing, lampworking, glass blowing, etc.  The coating is used in technical applications to reflect laser beams of specific light frequencies or to reflect hot light and remove the heat component.  The surface can be highly luminous, multicolored, patterned and textured and can used by glass fusing artists as a hot design element to make prismatic color changing projects that can be spectacular.

Famous cut-ability
We have a wide variety of System 96 glass. Here is their description about the kind of glass they make: System 96®, in all its myriad forms, is a soft, forgiving glass with a long working range and a wide margin of error. It is famously easy to cut; the colors are bright and consistent, and it will tolerate multiple firings without a blemish.

We call it Heat Compliant—designed and tested for hot glass applications. Whether you are fusing, slumping, blowing, casting, flameworking, combining techniques or inventing your own, System 96 will be your cooperative partner. We’ve achieved a balance of precision, predictability and creative control that pleases the most demanding artist among us, while at the same time inviting newcomers along the shortest path to success.

Famous cut-ability
Spectrum has earned a reputation for producing the industry’s most forgiving glass to cut. Daily we strive to retain that distinction by maintaining a soft, smooth surface and a sheet that is carefully annealed and pleasantly responsive to the cutting wheel. The most challenging shapes are always easiest with Spectrum System 96.

Multi-fire devit resistance
Expand your artistic possibilities by firing System 96 glass again and again. Because it was designed to be remelted, System 96 endures this punishment with unsurpassed resistance to devitrification. No overglaze necessary—no disappointments.

Smooth surface and uniform thickness
Our ultra-smooth surface and consistently uniform thickness together allow precise design, tight stacking and unsurpassed bubble control. Say goodbye to blurring lines and softening of detail—System 96 glasses retain their crisp lines throughout the firing process.

An inspiring palette of colors and forms
Cherry-pick from a lush orchard of products: the System 96 selection is big and fast becoming huge. Choose from a full array of compatible forms, every one tested to an identical standard:

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