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How to Write a Firing Schedule

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I give this tutorial to all my students when they attend class. Many tell me it has been the most helpful explanation they've ever gotten for writing firing schedules. I thought I'd share it. Hope it's helpful! Firing Schedule Tutorial for Fusing Firing schedules are made up of various segments and within those segments, three steps; Ramp: (the rate per hour at which the kiln heats or cools). Try to think of this in terms of miles per hour. If you are traveling 300 miles and are going 50 miles an hour, it will take you 6 hours to get there. If you...

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Minimize Curved Edges When Slumping a Deep Square

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After fusing, I went to place the piece on the mold, and DUH! Way too big! OH NO! WHAT TO DO? Well, I didn't want to saw off my border, so I did a brain scramble to find a way to use the mold to get the thing slumped. Here's what I did, and the result I stumbled upon was a fix for an old problem...


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Don't Waste Glass in Your Next Drop

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It's always heartbreaking to cut the rim off of your drop, turning all that beautiful glass into scrap. Instead of using colored glass that you've taken time to design, try using clear.

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Quick Tip: No More Painful Glass Shards

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You know when you are scoring glass, especially during strip cutting, and tiny shards of glass are jumping out of your scores? These shards are really bad when cutting black glass. They make a big mess and you can get pesky painful shards in your hands. Here's an easy solution. Simply take a small amount of cutting oil and lightly spread it over your glass with a brush. Voilá! No shards! Buy GAI Cutting Oil

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Tip of the Month: Have a bunch of unwanted projects, here's a way to put them to good use!

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I don't know about all of you, but every once in a while I will fuse a project that just doesn't turn out the way I wanted it to, and there it sits forever on my "let's wait and see what I want to do with it this" shelf...

Time to make frit balls! Here's how to do it, including a firing schedule. Read on for more...

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