Ever try fusing sea glass

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Ever try fusing sea glass

Postby CreativeK » Sat Jun 28, 2003 10:16 pm

Has anyone ever tried fusing sea glass? Does anyone know the COE?

Thanks for any replies.
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Postby Brock » Sat Jun 28, 2003 10:42 pm

It's not gonna work, there will be many different coefficients. You, (or a glass chemist) could probably melt and flux a batch, but just fusing it together is a recipe for disaster. Brock
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Re: Ever try fusing sea glass

Postby Bert Weiss » Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:37 pm

Kim K wrote:Has anyone ever tried fusing sea glass? Does anyone know the COE?

Thanks for any replies.


You can fuse sea glass using glue, not heat.

Or am I wrong and expansion coefficeints will also kill a glued joint?
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Re: Ever try fusing sea glass

Postby gone » Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:50 pm

Kim K wrote:Has anyone ever tried fusing sea glass? Does anyone know the COE?

Thanks for any replies.


It doesn't seem like there would be any point in firing it, since it would lose the surface that makes it special. Most people glue it, or drill holes and hang it. The COE is variable, depending on what it came from; mostly bottles is my guess.

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Re: Ever try fusing sea glass

Postby Brock » Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:55 pm

Bert Weiss wrote:
Kim K wrote:Has anyone ever tried fusing sea glass? Does anyone know the COE?

Thanks for any replies.


You can fuse sea glass using glue, not heat.

Or am I wrong and expansion coefficeints will also kill a glued joint


I don't know. I think it would be okay. I used to foil it and make lamps out of it. Brock
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Postby Linda Reed » Sun Jun 29, 2003 12:51 am

If you're just looking for the LOOK of sea glass (as opposed to actually having a bunch you are trying to figure out how to use...) you can tumble compatible glass and it gets the same look.

(I did this with a nice batch of puddle I had to chisel off my kiln self once. :oops: . Actually, I ended up using the tumbled glass 'stones' on several things - if you just barely tack fuse, they get a sheen, but still look frosted/matt, the hotter you go the more the matt goes away, but they still have that organic shape.)

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