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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…

Artists at Work: Narcissus Quagliata

In the summer of 2015, artist Narcissus Quagliata came to Bullseye's Research and Education studio in Portland, Oregon, to create a new work of art in fused glass.Although universally considered a master of this medium, he stated that …

Boiled Glass

Boiling liquid is the action of bringing a liquid to the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapor. Boiling glass is the action of bringing layers of sheet glass and crushed glass frit to extremely high process temperatures wh…

Working with Rolled Edges

Every handmade sheet of glass produced at Bullseye starts off the same way: as blob of molten glass passing through a set of rollers. Sheet glass emerges from this process with irregular, rounded edges, often referred to as “roll…

Is Bullseye glass COE 90?

Unfortunately the answer to this question is not simple.  The intent of most glass fusers who ask this question is to find out if Bullseye glass is compatible with glass made by another manufacturer. But COE ("coeffecient of expansion") read more

Tips for Tack Fusing

Tack fusing is an effective method for creating textured works in kilnformed glass.In tack fusing, glass is fired within a range that creates enough heatwork for the material to fuse while maintaining the desired amount of form and tex…

Considerations for Multiple Firings

There are many reasons you might need to fire a project multiple times to achieve a desired result. Some of the most common include:• Fusing and slumping in two separate firings• Firing components that will later be incorpora…

New to using Bullseye Glass?

 "Your choice of glass is probably the most important decision you will make as a kilnformer." -Artist Steve Immerman on why he exclusively uses Bullseye. Bullseye glass is developed by artists for artists. We've got your back! A read more

Kilncarved Billet

Creating a low-relief glass sculpture often requires a complex plaster-silica mold-making process. Kilncarving is a simple casting process that uses ceramic fiber paper and the right amount of heat to achieve similar results.In our Kil…

Powder-Colored Sheet Glass

You can create almost any color you want, when you want it, with clear sheet glass and colored glass powder.In this lesson, we'll show you how the process works and create several different sheets of colored glass. Then we'll use those…

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Quick Tip: Smooth It Out

Create a smooth' uniform surface on the shelf side of your fired work—not a brush stroke in sight! First' prepare a kilnshelf with Bullseye Shelf Primer. Follow the instructions in our free video Preparing Kiln…

What size French Cleat do I need?

Overview Once you know the total weight of your piece' use this chart to select the right cleat(s). For more tips' download our What size French Cleat do I need' PDF.  More Information What size French Cleat do I…

Quick Tip: Reaction Action

When certain Bullseye glasses are fired in contact with one another' their chemistries interact at the interface to create many effects and colors too. Here are close-up examples of some of our favorite reactions' including…

Quick Tip: Raise the Bar on Your Soap Dish

Add an accent color—and functionality—to your new soap dish with a little help from Bullseye fusible rods! We paired Robin’s Egg Blue Opalescent with Driftwood Gray rod' but you could use any combination.   Step…

Using Color Line Screen Paste

Overview Color line screen paste offers the ability to add high-pigmentation design elements and imagery onto sheet glass with no powdered enamels to mix. Pastes come ready to print' and are available in a wide range of…

Mold Tips: Heart Casting Mold (8976)

More Information Mold Tips' Heart Casting Mold (8976) PDF Helpful Resources Clean Shield Gel product useFrit Tinting articleFrit tinting videoMold Tips' Suggested Slumping SchedulesTips for Using Bullseye Slumping…

Quick Tip: Working with Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood is Bullseye’s magical unicorn streaky. Its unique combination of glasses results in dramatic internal reactions at full-fuse temperatures. Here are two ideas for making this glass sing.   Copper…

Quick Tip: Fresh Palette Picks

“Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.” —Pantone Color giant Pantone has named Greenery their 2017 Color of the Year. We’ve had green (and new beginnings) on our minds lately' too. So we’ve created an inspiring set…

Quick Tip: Circles from Squares

You can create nicely rounded cabochons from stacks of 0.75"(20 x 20 mm) squares' thanks to heat' gravity' and the 6 Millimeter Rule. But be careful' they’re addictive! The StackTop (6 mm)' A “lensing” layer of…

Amaco Black Underglaze Pencil

Overview You can make permanent marks on your glass projects with these underglaze pencils. Sign your name or add other handwritten text Draw on one or more layers Create shading effects For more tips' download our…

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Artists at Work: Narcissus Quagliata

In the summer of 2015, artist Narcissus Quagliata came to Bullseye's Research and Education studio in Portland, Oregon, to create a new work of art in fused glass.Although universally considered a master of this medium, he stated that …

Boiled Glass

Boiling liquid is the action of bringing a liquid to the temperature at which it bubbles and turns to vapor. Boiling glass is the action of bringing layers of sheet glass and crushed glass frit to extremely high process temperatures wh…

Working with Rolled Edges

Every handmade sheet of glass produced at Bullseye starts off the same way: as blob of molten glass passing through a set of rollers. Sheet glass emerges from this process with irregular, rounded edges, often referred to as “roll…

Tips for Tack Fusing

Tack fusing is an effective method for creating textured works in kilnformed glass.In tack fusing, glass is fired within a range that creates enough heatwork for the material to fuse while maintaining the desired amount of form and tex…

Considerations for Multiple Firings

There are many reasons you might need to fire a project multiple times to achieve a desired result. Some of the most common include:• Fusing and slumping in two separate firings• Firing components that will later be incorpora…

Kilncarved Billet

Creating a low-relief glass sculpture often requires a complex plaster-silica mold-making process. Kilncarving is a simple casting process that uses ceramic fiber paper and the right amount of heat to achieve similar results.In our Kil…

Powder-Colored Sheet Glass

You can create almost any color you want, when you want it, with clear sheet glass and colored glass powder.In this lesson, we'll show you how the process works and create several different sheets of colored glass. Then we'll use those…

Color Theory Basics

Color theory is the art and science of color interactions and effects.In this lesson, you'll learn some of the basics of color theory, including the vocabulary used to describe color, color schemes, the ways that colors interact, and s…

Kilncarved Sconce Project

Imagine having the capability to realize your vision of the ideal luminaire. In this lesson, we'll demonstrate how to design and fabricate your own lighting sconce.We’ll use a process called kilncarving to create a diffuser of varyin…

Pâte de Verre Bowl

Pâte de verre is a casting method that involves hand-packing layers of glass in a refractory mold. In French, the term literally means “paste of glass.” You can use this method to make a variety of forms. These include vessels, sc…

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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…

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…

What molds are used for kilncasting?

Molds for kilncasting fall into two broad categories: open-faced or closed/semi-closed. In open-faced molds, one side of the mold is completely open; the cold glass is placed directly into the mold through that opening. Using…

Do you have projects that teach about kilncasting?

You can get some ideas and basic information from the following articles and video lessons. Articles (FREE) TipSheet 5: Bullseye Box Casting  TipSheet 8: Basic Lost Wax Kilncasting Video lessons (subscription…

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