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What's the difference between kilncasting and lost wax kilncasting?

Lost wax kilncasting is just one of many kilncasting methods. To learn more about this method see TipSheet 8 Basic Lost Wax Kilncasting  or our Video lesson Lost Wax Kilncasting. FAQs Return to Index of FAQs  read more

What's the difference between kilncasting and a hot pour?

Kilncasting involves casting glass into a mold that's in a kiln. A hot pour involves ladling molten glass from a furnace and pouring it into a mold that may or may not be in a kiln. FAQs Return to Index of FAQs  read more

What types of kilncasting can I do?

Kilncasting projects generally fall into one of two broad categories those which are made in open-faced molds and those that are made in closed or semi-closed molds. In open-faced molds one side of the mold is left completely open. read more

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 open-faced read more

What kiln should I use for casting?

Almost any kiln that will fit your mold setup will work.  The most important thing to consider when selecting a kiln for casting work is whether there will be plenty of room around the mold to allow for uniform heating and cooling. In read more

What form of glass do I use for kilncasting?

Different casting methods and desired outcomes will necessitate different forms of glass.  For example if working in the pate de verre method you will want to use frits and powders.  Whereas when working in the box casting 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

What are the advantages of casting with Bullseye?

There are numerous advantages to choosing Bullseye glass for kilncasting. A few of these include Choose Bullseye if you're concerned about the safety issues associated with lead crystal. Bullseye is significantly lighter read more

How large can my casting be?

Your casting can be as large as your kiln will allow. As a rule of thumb the interior of the kiln should be at least twice the height of the final casting or more depending on your setup. For large castings one of the most important read more

How do I prevent sharp edges in castings?

Often sharp edges are a result of the glass scraping down the side of the mold during firing. To minimize sharp spots set up your glass and mold up so that as the glass softens it flows out to meet the walls of the mold rather than read more

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Making a Chevron Design

Making this chevron plate is a snap with Bullseye's special production Cascade sheet glass. 1. Start with a Cascade style sheet' cut into quarter inch strips. Keep your strips in order as you go. 2. Slide the strips up or down…

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

Overview Color Line Paints & Pens are ready to use enamels for glass or ceramics in a fantastic range of intense colours. Available in squeeze bottles for use as lining pens or in larger units for painting' airbrushing'…

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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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…

BECon 2013: Judy Tuwaletstiwa and Erik Whittemore

Tuwaletstiwa and Whittemore presented this lecture on Saturday June 22, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.It's Not Me. It's Not You. It's a Process.For more than 20 years, Judy Tuwaletstiwa painted exclusively with…

BECon 2013: Stacy Lynn Smith

Smith presented this lecture on Friday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.The Color that Grabbed Me on the StreetDuring her undergraduate training as a painter in Chicago, Smith discovered the world of prin…

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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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