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Drilling Small Holes in Glass

Knowing how to drill small holes in glass opens up many design options for kilnformed works, whether they're strung, worn, connected, or suspended.In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up a drilling station, how to mark and drill hol…

What firing schedule do I use for casting?

As with nearly all kilnforming projects the answer will vary depending on a number of factors such as the mold you're using the process you're using as well as the glass you're using. For example a pâte de verre firing schedule would read more

What is firepolishing?

Firepolishing is the process of heating a glass object in a kiln to a temperature high enough to impart some level of gloss to the surface. Related Questions What temperature should I use for firepolishingHow can I cast to get some read more

How do I coldwork my kilncast piece?

What kind of piece is it and what are you trying to accomplish in coldworking it If the piece includes a reservoir that needs to be removed this can be taken off with a wet tile saw with a diamond blade or it can be ground off read more

Basic Elements of Design

The Elements of Design are the basic components that make up an artwork. They are line, shape, texture, form and color. In this lesson, we'll define each of these elements and discuss ways you can incorporate them in kiln-glass project…

What is investment?

Investment is a mixture of materials used to make a mold. In general investment mixes for kilncasting glass are composed of three basic ingredients a binder a refractory and modifiers. Some artists use readymade investment mixes like read more

What equipment do I need for kilncasting?

At the very least you'll need a kiln kiln furniture and a suitable work surface. The rest depends entirely on the scale and type of casting you plan to do.  Two of the most popular kilncasting processes are box casting and lost read more

How do I prevent suckers?

In kilncasting "suckers" are unsightly depressions or wrinkles that can pop up during the cooling process. Suckers get their name because they appear to have been sucked in from the form of the mold. Suckers are the result of differences read more

Do I have to dry my casting mold in the kiln?

Yes it is important to remove as much moisture as possible from your casting mold. To learn more read the "Firing the Mold and Glass" section in TipSheet 8 Lost Wax Kilncasting. Related Questions How can I get some gloss on the finished read more

Can I make a reusable kilncasting mold?

Yes if you use the appropriate investment mix. The commercially available product Castalot is one example of a good reusable mix for glass slumping fusing or kilncasting. Note Castalot will not work if your model has undercuts. Related read more

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Making a Chevron Design

Making this chevron plate is a snap with Bullseye's Cascade sheet glass. 1. Start with a Cascade style sheet—we used a Special Production style here—cut into quarter inch strips. Keep your strips in order as you go. 2. Slide…

Index of Videos by Title

  Attaching French Cleats The Art of Kiln-Glass (FREE)Artists at Work' Ted Sawyer Artists Drawing with Glass Box Casting Bringing Home Your New Kiln (FREE) Clear Powder on Iridescent Sheet Glass Coldworking with Diamond…

Print & Glass Source List

  Overview Screen printing on glass is a great way to create durable imagery with a wide range of colors' textures' and layers of transparency. We've developed video lessons on a number of printing methods. This handy chart…

Opaline Overlays

Bullseye's Opaline Opalescent (000403) sheet glass has great potential to expand the color palette in kilnforming because it has the ability to create new colors with distinct properties. About Opaline Opaline requires a full…

Drilling Small Holes in Jewelry and Ornaments

Overview These directions apply to using our 2.1 mm Drill Bits (7239) to produce high-quality hole with minimal blow-outs (chipping out the back side) in small-scale pieces of fired or unfired sheet glass. These…

Silver Stripe Jewelry

Wearable glass with flash! It’s all in the details — torn silver paired with candy apple red' and drilled holes for stringing. 1. Materials' Clear' Thin (001101-50); Red' Thin (001122-50); silver foil (7217) 2. Place…

Suggested Slumping Schedules

Over the years' Bullseye's Research & Education department has gathered a vast amount of experience slumping glass in a wide variety of molds. We've collected this information into a handy new reference guide and' in keeping…

Clean Shield Gel

  When properly applied' Clean Shield Gel (8224) brings out luster and gives dry' matte surfaces the sealed appearance of a low-temperature firepolish. (Unfired' unsealed sandblasted surfaces have a "dry" appearance that can…

Color Line Paints & Pens Product Information

Color Line Paints & Pens are ready-to-use enamels in a fantastic range of intense colors. Available in squeeze bottles for use as lining pens or in larger units for painting' airbrushing' screen printing and more. The…

Pre-Firing Your New Kiln

  Before using a new kiln for glass projects' you will need to pre-fire it. This burns out binders' moisture' and other residue left over from the manufacturing process. New shelves can be slow to take on primer' so we…

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Drilling Small Holes in Glass

Knowing how to drill small holes in glass opens up many design options for kilnformed works, whether they're strung, worn, connected, or suspended.In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up a drilling station, how to mark and drill hol…

Basic Elements of Design

The Elements of Design are the basic components that make up an artwork. They are line, shape, texture, form and color. In this lesson, we'll define each of these elements and discuss ways you can incorporate them in kiln-glass project…

Screen Printing with Screen Filler and Drawing Fluid

Screen printing provides an effective way for artists to transfer various kinds of imagery to glass. In this lesson, we'll explore a printing method that uses screen filler and drawing fluid. This process provides a direct way to devel…

Artists at Work: Ted Sawyer

In this lesson, artist Ted Sawyer demonstrates his approach to working with powder on sheet glass as he creates two of his signature pieces (Intangible and Below and Above) in the studio at Bullseye Resource Center Santa Fe. He narrate…

Expanding the Color Palette: Opaline Overlays

Opaline sheet glass has great potential to expand the color palette in kilnforming because it has the ability to create new colors with distinct properties. When firing Opaline over various colors, we've experienced some exciting and s…

Attaching French Cleats

There are many ways to display glass panel artwork, including hooks, frames, and shelves. But what if you wanted a panel to look as if it were floating in front of a wall without any hardware obstructing the view? One way to do this is…

BECon 2013: Rudi Gritsch

Gritsch presented this lecture on Friday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.Better Dead Than Red?From formulation to melting to kiln-firing, certain colors present especially challenging problems for glassm…

BECon 2013: Tanja Pak and Tom Jacobs

Pak & Jacobs presented this lecture on Saturday June 22, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.The Poetry of ProductionHaving already won two Red Dot Design Awards and been named Slovenia’s 2011 Designer of the Year …

BECon 2013: Louise Tait

Tait presented this lecture on Friday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.Above Us Only Sky"Some places on earth can make you feel very small indeed, while at the same time filling every ounce of you with th…

Lost Wax Kilncasting

Lost wax kilncasting is a versatile method for making glass pieces in almost any form imaginable. The process involves creating a refractory mold around a wax model. The wax is then removed—or "lost"—creating a cavity. Glass is cas…

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Why should I choose Bullseye glass over other glasses?

When you buy Bullseye glass, you're investing in top-quality materials and technical resources: Our standards for testing and quality are the highest in the industry and our products are unsurpassed for consistency and…

How do I know which Bullseye clear glass to use?

Tekta is Bullseye's signature style of clear glass. Bullseye manufactures two styles of its Tekta glass: Tekta Clear and Tekta Crystal Clear. Tekta Crystal Clear is recommended for crystal clarity, especially in thicker works.…

Can I get samples of your glass?

Yes. Our popular sample sets for sheet glass, billets, and rods are great resources for any studio. Note that these samples are for color reference only. They are not intended for reheating and may not be fusible.

Is there bubble-free glass?

Bubbles are found in all handcrafted glasses. They contribute to the art and beauty of finished glasswork. You can learn to minimize bubble formation or to create bubble patterns and effects by reading TechNotes 5: Volume &…

What are Special Production glasses?

Occasionally we produce limited runs of top grade glass styles that are not included in our regular product line. We refer to these as “Special Production” sheets. Special Production sheets may be one-of-a-kind or available in…

What are Curious glasses?

The grading system for our handmade glass demands that each sheet match a target color and have a uniform appearance to receive first-quality grade. Glass that is not quite the target color or that has some other…

Is all Bullseye glass recommended for fusing?

No, but all of our glass goes through a rigorous quality assessment and assigned a grade. Our top-quality sheet glass comes in two grades: Fusible and Standard (non-fusible). Fusible glass is coded as “F” and Standard or…

What can I expect from Bullseye glass?

Read our full overview of "What To Expect From Bullseye Glass".

Where can I get answers to frequently asked customer service and sales questions?

For frequently asked customer service and/or sales questions, please visit the Customer Service/Sales FAQ section in our online store.  If you don't see the answer to your question there, please give our sales department a call…

Is Bullseye glass microwave/dishwasher safe?

To keep it looking great for years to come, we recommend treating your fused glass artwork the way you would fine china or crystal: Keep it out of the microwave and dishwasher. Microwaves can heat unevenly and this, in turn, can lead…

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