TechNotes 3: Compatibility of Glasses


technote 3: what are the properties that make two pieces of glass compatible?

Overview 

Compatibility” refers to the properties of glass that allow it to be heat-bonded with another glass such as in a kiln. For many years, it was  believed compatibility was solely determined by the properties of expansion in different glasses.  This led to an overemphasis on the numerical value of the COE (“coefficient of expansion”) of glasses.

But matching COEs does not accurately predict compatibility. If you have two glasses from different manufacturers and are not sure if they’re compatible, no single piece of information will tell you if they are. They must be tested.

Bullseye produces a line of fully compatible glasses for fusing and kiln work. In other words, every compatible Bullseye glass is fusible with every other compatible Bullseye glass.

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Helpful Resources

What to Expect from Bullseye Glass
The Klaus Moje Connection: How Bullseye Came to Develop Compatible Glass
FAQ: Is Bullseye glass COE 90?

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Revised January 22, 2013.