First let me state, I do not make any claims to be a professional videographer! I am learning, and many times I am so quick to want to just share how to do something, it may end up being phone video. I try not to let harsh comments on my video skills keep me from sharing and the true purpose of doing so… to help other artists, especially those just starting out!
I have a few videos posted and hope to add more throughout this year.
Here is a tutorial I put together after creating some fun (and easy!) butterflies & dragonflies using the Creative Paradise LF107 & LF111 molds. The kicker is these are not made with fusing frit…. rather a broken and ground up Torani coffee syrup bottle. After fusing I painted them with Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints.
Here is a newer video I found from No Days on using the No Days Powder Wafer material. I love cutting mine with the Silhouette Cameo. I use a blade depth of 7 and slow the speed to the minimum. Punches work well too. I also really like the indirect method of activation. I use a griddle heated to 200 and hold them on the heat (I use the release liner) for 15 minutes. Of course, all griddles and die cutters, like kilns, are different!
I was excited to be able to help beta test this wonderful product! Shot a few video clips along the way and Carrie at No Days was able to piece them all together and added some updates as well. I absolutely love this stuff, and it is now available for sale on their website. I picked up as many as I could fit in my suitcase at the Expo in Vegas!
I found a few helpful videos on YouTube (which is a great resource by the way!) These are worth sharing for those either new to fusing or new to the products shown.
I tend to use MR-97, and more recently ZYP (same as MR-97) on casting molds and texture molds, and kiln wash such as Hotline Primo Primer or Bullseye Shelf Primer on slumping molds and kiln shelves. Alternatively on the shelf I use ceramic paper including Bullseye ThinFire and Papyros. The important thing is that you use some type of release between your glass and what it is going to come in contact with during the fusing & slumping process.
While many people suggest a haik brush for applying primer, I use a soft paintbrush and have never had any issues. The problem I have always had with haik brushes is they seem to shed!
This is an updated version of a tutorial I had posted on Facebook awhile in late 2014. The processes in this tutorial cover using fiber paper as a way to create a kiln-carved look, as well as incorporating kiln shelf paper (like Bullseye ThinFire) cutouts between layers.
This PDF on the System 96 website is worth printing out and posting in your workspace. This one includes the newer glass, Vanilla Cream, which is now part of their regular line and no longer Fuser’s Reserve! Hooray!
I have used this method and also incorporate a large lazy susan in my workspace made of granite. It helps as I can hold the cutter in place and give the lazy susan a spin around while I make the score.