fusing float glass

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I am planning on making 65 20"x27"x3/4" float glass panels fused from 1/4" pieces. I know I have numerous things to work out. I want the panels to be able to be seen through. some distortion, bubbles etc. are ok, but I want to see objects through the glass. My tests have a slight textured back from the thin ceramic paper or the kiln wash on the stainless steel. this texture is similar to frosted glass. I am trying to find high temperature graphite to see if I can get a smoother finish, but have not found a source for pieces that large. Anyone know a source?. Another idea I had was to heat the glass to 1150 with the first fire top side down and fire polish the back. I am currently looking for the hottest torch I can get w/ a long handle. Has anyone found a way to accomplish my goal. I am fusing this in order to put designs in the glass. Any help or ideas are appreciated.
Thanks Don

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Tue, 07/01/2003 - 19:54

Reply to [B]donald schofield[/B]:

> I am planning on making 65 20"x27"x3/4" float glass panels fused from 1/4" pieces. I know I have numerous things to work out. I want the panels to be able to be seen through. some distortion, bubbles etc. are ok, but I want to see objects through the glass. My tests have a slight textured back from the thin ceramic paper or the kiln wash on the stainless steel. this texture is similar to frosted glass. I am trying to find high temperature graphite to see if I can get a smoother finish, but have not found a source for pieces that large. Anyone know a source?. Another idea I had was to heat the glass to 1150 with the first fire top side down and fire polish the back. I am currently looking for the hottest torch I can get w/ a long handle. Has anyone found a way to accomplish my goal. I am fusing this in order to put designs in the glass. Any help or ideas are appreciated.
> Thanks Don

One suggestion would be to have the center piece of glass smaller (1/2" min) this way you could seal the piece inside of the other two. An Insulated glass sealant works great. I did that to make coffee table tops. Another way is to have them laminated together with a PVB interlayer.

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