Fusing/Slumping forum: Glass Compatibility

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ImageBudgielover
Jan 17, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Is there anyway to test glass compatibility other than trial & error. I have tons of scrap stained glass that I had bought for mosaics. Right now, I am only using it for pendants and fusing it to itself or with clear and so far pretty good. Once in awhile I have a piece shatter in pieces but it's usually with the ones that I have refired more than once.
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ImageMikeJ
Jan 22, 2011 6:43 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
There is a way to test for compatibility using a stressometer or polariscope. You can google both terms or here is a thread on Warm Glass that tells how to make one (as well as a tin side detector for float glass):

http://www.warmglass.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9798&star...

The problem with glass for stained glass, most of it isn't meant to be fused, so not only do you have a compatibility issue with other glass, even with itself it's more likely to get divit than glass formulated for fusing. So you have to be careful when you go through the divit range and not stay there any longer than you have to.

Mike
ImageBudgielover
Jan 23, 2011 5:34 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Thanks Mike. So far I have had good luck with it I love the results from melting the stained glass. I just have so much of it to use up. I supposed I could resell it and invest in the right glass for fusing. I did used up some to make a mosaic stepping stone with concrete that came out nice and could do more of those this summer
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ImageMikeJ
Jan 23, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
It's too bad it's not all compatible glass or you could do a big pot melt. That's what I've done in the past when I had a lot of scrap I didn't know what to do with. I've got a lot of scrap now, but most of it is black or dark colors and they don't do as well in pot melts because the black takes over... which would be ok if that was the intent. What I have been doing it snipping my scrap into little odd size pieces and then taking the individual pieces to the softening point so that they are rounded and look a lot like shiny sea glass or tumbled glass. Then I plan on doing a mosaic of some kind out of them. Since my glass is all compatible, I can do a fused mosaic. If you did the same thing, you could do a more traditional mosaic using groat or clear silicon of some kind. I think the smooth rounded sides make the glass look a lot better than just snipping it and leaving the edges raw.

Mike
ImageBudgielover
Jan 23, 2011 1:53 PM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Here is the 1 mosaic stepping stone I did last year with scrap stained glass. It's dirty right now from the garden but I think doing several could add more interest to the yard
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ImageMikeJ
Jan 23, 2011 10:29 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
It does kine of look like it's been, uh, walked on. Rolling on the floor laughing

Nice job on it though.

Mike
ImageBudgielover
Jan 24, 2011 3:37 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Yep that tends to happen to stepping stones!
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denimangle
Feb 2, 2011 4:39 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
how to test compatibility of glass
http://www.memories-in-glass.com/how-to-test-glass-compatibi...
but if your just doing pendents its kind of a waste of time Whistling
I don't worry about it with small things
spectrum glass art glass is more compatibility then bullseye art glass
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ImageSugarweed
Sep 6, 2011 8:01 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Rolling on the floor laughing
The last link brings us right back to this thread.
Ears perked up!
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
ImageBudgielover
Sep 6, 2011 11:04 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
Odd,
I thought it worked at one time. Perhaps the site moved the page.
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denimangle
Sep 6, 2011 2:52 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
well darn how did that happen .. it use to work Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
try this one
http://www.memories-in-glass.com/how-to-test-glass-compatibi...

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