Paragon Kilns Paragon Kilns
claymania glass clay or smaller kilns at electrickilns.co.uk or making jewellery at kitiki.co.uk
kilns
kilns
support
clays
materials
tools
extras
sales
UK To EU Plug Adapter
Ceramic Block
Corfe Castle In Dorset
Cherry Heaven Shop In Corfe Castle
Ceramic-Fibre Cloth
Bullseye Kiln Paper
CR1 Professional Motor Base
CR2 Professional Motor Base
CR5 Professional Motor Base
Large Rubber Drum 2000gm Open
Digital Pyrometer
Cherry Heaven Digital Alarm-Timer
The Dremel Engraver
The Dremel Engraver In Use
EU Plug
Fire Extinguisher
File Set
File Set
Glare-Resistant Glasses
Heat-Resistant Gloves
Cutters
Flush Cutters
Flat-Nose Pliers
Pointed-Nose Pliers
Bent-Nose Pliers
Round-Nose Pliers
Knife Set
Knife Set
Large Plastic Drum 700gm Closed
Large Rubber Drum 950gm Closed
Large Rubber Drum 950gm Open
MiniDrill
Digital Multimeter
Magnetic Polisher
Magnetic Polisher
Magnetic Polisher
Magnetic Polisher
3M HEPA Dust Mask
Mains Tester Screwdriver
Magnetic Polisher Pins
Magnetic Polisher Pins
Protective Safety Glasses
Ring Guage
Bartlett Sentinel Touch Screen
Small Plastic Drum 700gm Closed
Scriber
Shot: Balls And Planetoids
Shot: Pins And Rods
Soldering Iron
Paragon SC2 Shelf Kit
Small Plastic Drum 700gm Closed
Small Rubber Drum 510gm
Stainless Steel Containers
ST4 Professional Motor Base
ST7 Professional Motor Base
ST8 Professional Motor Base
SEtch on Art Clay By Larissa Johnson
SEtch on Polymer By Larissa Johnson
South-West Of England
Rotary Tumbler Kit 1
Rotary Tumbler Kit 2
Rotary Tumbler Kit 3
Rotary Tumbler Kit 3 With Two Drums
Rotary Tumbler Mini With One Drum
Triblets
Ultrasonic Cleaner Kit 1
Ultrasonic Cleaner Kit 1
Ultrasonic Cleaner Kit 1
Ultrasonic Cleaner Example
Cherry Heaven USB Loudspeakers
UK Plug
Vermiculite
Large Rubber Drum With Vanes Open
The AX-4 Digital Controller
MiniKiln Closed
Paragon BlueBird Open
Lauscha by Carrie Fertig
Activated Charcoal Granules
Caldera A Closed
Caldera AB Closed
Fusion CS14D Open
Fusion CS14SB Closed
Caldera XL Closed
FireFly A Closed
Fusion-7 Open
Fusion-CS16D Open
Fusion 8 Open
GL18ADTSD Open
HT-14D Closed
Janus 1613 Open
KM14D Open
Paragon-Orton Vent Master: Unassembled
Paragon-Orton Vent Master: Suction Cup
Pearl 18 Open
PMT21
Potter & Brumfield Relay
SC-2 Black Open
SC2 Open
SC2B Open
SC4 Closed
Sentry Xpress 4.0
Sentry 2.0
Sentinel
SC-2 Pink Open
SC-2 Turqoise Open
SC-2 Purple Open
The Paragon ST-8 Table
TNF 1613 Closed
GL Table
Xpress Top Row Bricks
USB Plug
Xpress E-12A Open
Xpress E-12AB Closed
Xpress E-14 Closed
Xpress Q-11A Open
Glass Clay Flowers By Geneva Perkins

ClayMania GlasClay: Real Glass As A Clay.

Flower By Geneva Perkins

Glass Clay is a clay-like material made of fine glass powder and water-soluble organic binders. During firing, the binders vaporise, the powder fuses, and the soft clay turns into real solid glass: ready to wear, give, or sell.

You can design and make your own unique bracelets, brooches, charms, earrings, keepsakes, miniatures, necklaces, ornaments, rings, and seasonal decorations. And you can make beads without a torch.

You can add overlays to gift cards, motifs to handbags, highlights to wood, ceramics, glass, and shells, and produce complex shapes, textures, and patterns from moulds.

GLASS CLAY: PHOTOS

Glass Clay: ClayMania.

To look at the pop-up photos, hold your mouse over the zoom buttons below: you don't need to click.

Flowers By Geneva PerkinsFlowers By Geneva Perkins.

SUMMARY

Glass And Glass Clay.

Since its discovery about 5000 years ago, we've used glass to make containers, decorations, jewellery, mirrors, tools, and windows.


The main component of glass is silicon dioxide, often called silica: found naturally and plentifully as sand. When it melts, at around 1700°C, it's like syrup on a cold day. When it cools, it forms a rigid and brittle glass called quartz glass.

To lower the melting point, and the cost of melting, chemicals are added: typically sodium carbonate and calcium oxide. Other chemicals, and different heating and cooling processes, can produce a range of mechanical properties and colours.

Chemically, glass is an amorphous solid: not a liquid, as is widely believed. As it's heated, it becomes softer allowing it to be bent, blown, cast, coated, and pressed.

Inside a volcano, the intense heat melts sand to form Obsidian, a hard brown-to-black glass. Its lack of crystal structure means that the edges of fractures are extrememely sharp, leading to its ancient use as blades and spear points.


Glass Clay is a clay-like material made of fine glass powder and water-soluble organic binders. As it's fired, the binders vapourise, releasing very small amounts of non-toxic carbon dioxide and water vapour, and the glass powder fuses, leaving solid glass. Real glass, not something that just looks like glass.

Glass Clay is ideal for three-dimensional work and frees you from the constraint of working with flat glass. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity is to make your own beads without a torch.

GLASS CLAY

ClayMania GlasClay: Real Glass As A Clay.

GlasClay is made by ClayMania in vibrant colours, based on glasses from Bullseye and Oruboros. It's sold as a box of twelve colours in 12gm pots. They're all COE90: read this pop-up.

The colours in the table below are a rough guide. The clay powder, mixed powders, fused glass, and re-fused glass will not all look the same.


colour colour colour code
Black Opal Bullseye 90 100
Blue Grey Opal Uroboros 90 076
Cinnabar Bullseye 90 309
Cornflower Blue Uroboros 90 408
Deep Cobalt Blue Opal Bullseye 90 147
Deep Plum Bullseye 90 1105
Emerald Green Uroboros 90 700
Grenadine Red Uroboros 90 606
Lemon Grass Opal Uroboros 90 356
Midnight Blue Bullseye 90 1118
Shaded Lawn Opal Bullseye 90 120
Vermillion Uroboros 90 6071

GlasClay is fired in a similar way to Art Clay Silver and PMC: put your dry pieces in a kiln and programme the temperature and hold-time.

The firing temperature and time are important: glass clay has to fuse, not melt. There's a difference between fusing and melting: during fusing, the binders in the clay vapourise and the glass powder particles bond to produce solid glass whereas, during melting, the glass powder particles liquify and lose their original clay-shape.


Comprehensive instructions are included with the product although, as with many materials, make time to experiment rather than accept general recommendations as definitive.

GLASCLAY BASICS: THE BOOK

The Glass Clay Basics Book.

GlasClay is a fairly new product. Although you can just read the instructions and experiment, or take a class, there's now a book to help you make a quicker start. You can buy GlasClay Basics in the on-line shop.

As it's an American book, the author, Geneva Perkins, used several US-made kilns such as the Evenheat Studio Pro, the Jen-Ken Bonnie Glo, and the Jen-Ken 11-9. Without trying to compare things that are different, broadly, the Paragon models that are nearest in size get hotter, cost less, have comprehensive digital programmers, and have an EU sales, support, and spares centre.

US-made kilns often have live heating elements that are exposed whenever the door or lid is open. So, to comply with EU safety regulations, most Paragon kilns have an additional switch, included in the price, that cuts off the power whenever the door or lid is opened. Exposed live elements can be very dangerous, and are illegal in the UK.

GLASCLAY: NOTES

Glass Clay.

The glass powder has to be mixed with distilled water. Don't make it too wet or it will get puffy and stay that way during drying. When it's fired, the clay molecules will be too far apart and the end result will be a grainy and muddy.

Firing GlasClay is a multi-segment process: a low-temperature segment, followed by a short high-temperature segment to fuse the glass. Then, by re-firing, the shape, detail, and colour will change: so experiment.

If you're new to glass work, the fired GlasClay colour will differ from the colour when you buy glass: as sheet, rod, or frit.

Glass clays shrink more than metal clays during firing, so it's important to do some tests before starting on your best ideas. However, it does mean that details and textures become more focused.


Coloured glass contains elements such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, nickel, and lead, so wash your hands after use. If you have an accident, wash your hands then your eyes with water and visit the doctor.

All particulates represent a health risk if they're breathed in, so it's important to wear a HEPA mask when mixing powders, handling charcoal, sanding dried clays, and cleaning out your kiln. Ideally, use protective glasses.


Clays, charcoals, dust masks, electric kilns, hot gloves, magnetic polishers, protective glasses, rotary tumblers, and other tools and materials, are in the on-line shop: use the shop link below the menu bar near the top of the page.


Art Clay UK Cherry Heaven Electric Kilns Electric Tumblers Euroversity Kitiki Learning English Lucas Cameron Mini Kiln Oxford English Oxford English Training Paragon Kilns International Paragon Kilns UK Paragon Kilns DE Paragon Kilns EU Professor English Prometheus Kilns Paragon Kilns UK Accent Gold Accessories And Tools Art Clay Silver ClayRadio Programmes Paragon BlueBird Bead-Annealing Kilns Bronze Clay Paragon Caldera Ceramics Kilns Paragon Catalogue Ceramics Copper Clay Silver Clay Courses Sentry Xpress Demo Sentry Demo Photos Of Dorset Paragon Dragon Ceramics And Glass Kilns Radio Programme Frequently Asked Questions Paragon FireFly Ceramics  Kilns Paragon Fusion Glass Kilns TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme TV Programme Paragon F LampWorking Kilns Glass Clay Paragon GL Glass Kilns Kiln Help Paragon Home Artist Kilns Paragon HT Heat-Treating Kilns Demos Image Transfer Solution Paragon Janus Ceramics Kilns Mobile Friendly Paragon KM Knife-Making Kilns Contact By mail West Holme Map Metal Clay Veneer Paragon Pearl Glass Kilns Kiln Photos Paragon PMT Heat-Treating Kilns Programmers Paragon SC Jewellery Kilns Silver Etch Paragon Kilns Shop Paragon TNF Ceramics Kilns Paragon Trio Slumping KIln Tumblers And Polishers TV Programmes Paragon Vulcan Ceramics And Glass Kilns Paragon W Jewellery Kilns Paragon Xpress Ceramics Kilns