Chicago School of Glass Art

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Vitrigraph Birds

Take out all that old Vitrigraph and and next thing you know, Vitrigraph Birds!  One of the many struggles of any art is learning to just let go and let your mind run wild.  With fusing glass many great things have happened at Chicago School of Glass Art purely by trial and error and accident. This is a piece created by one of our students, Sandra.  If you look closely you will see that she created the birds out of  glass stringer that we pulled in the studio using a Vitrigraph kiln set up.  Let your mind go and stop all that fussing that you can’t do something.  Be that little kid and use all the crayons and color outside the box, you just might be astonished at what happens.

Vitrigraph Birds

Vitrigraph Birds

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Sandra’s Next Creation

After a little summer vacation and family fun Sandra’s Next Creation is out of the kiln!  Sandra is one of our many wonderful artists that love to stretch the imagination threshold and use almost anything and everything in her fusing projects.  We have watched her do the Chicago skyline, Picasso’s Chicago Sculpture, Cartoon fish and the list goes on and on.  Here is her next piece as she starts to get ready for October and Halloween.

Sandra's Next Creation

Sandra’s Next Creation

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Creating a Drop Footed Vase

Next week at Fusing Club we will be demonstrating how to use a drop mold and create a footed vase.  We’ll have a picture posted as soon as it comes out of the kiln.  Call the studio to reserve a spot.  Cost for just the demo is $5.00.  The cost for students wanting to stay and work after the demo and have one piece fired is $20.00.

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More Inclusions!

Just pulled out some more student Inclusions out of the kiln. It just amazes me every time these come out of the kiln how nice they look. You know, you could do a whole series of these and make some fantastic wall tiles. I think I might just do that!


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Need More Room

Need more room?

There are times when we are drawing a cartoon for a new stained glass window and a realization hits you smack in the face that you need more room. We have the luxury in the studio of taking the drawing to another table, but sometimes those tables are full of projects or the drawing is just big enough that we still need more space. So, were do we go? Well, we take our drawings to the wall. Yep, that’s right the wall.Wall drawing

There are a couple of great things about drawing on the wall. First is the surface area you have to work with is MUCH bigger than your little table. Think about it for a moment? Most walls are eight to ten feet tall and as long as the room; for us that is well over 30 feet. Second thing about using the wall and probably my favorite thing is that as you draw the cartoon you can step back every now and then to get a better perspective of how an item will look in your window. More than a few times I’ve drawn something and up close it looks great and then I’ve take that step back and realized the item is too big, too small or for that matter just doesn’t fit at all in the design of the window. And as I get older the other wonderful thing about drawing on the wall is that my head does not have to be bent over straining the back of my neck, you’re just looking forward.Wall drawing 3

So next time your drawing your cartoon whether its large or small try this and see how you like it. You wont be disappointed.

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Upcoming Schedule for Next Week

Next week we will be closed on Tuesday, July 1st as we will be taking the day to welcome back our youngest son, Justin who has been studying abroad this past semester in Vienna, Austria.

On Wednesday and Thursday, July 2nd and 3rd, we will be closing early, 4:00 PM instead of our usual 8:00 PM.

We will be closed on Friday, July 4th for the holiday.  And open regular hours on Saturday, July 5th.


Tuesday, July 1st – Closed

Wednesday, July 2nd – 10:00 – 4:00

Thursday, July 3rd – 10:00 – 4:00

Friday, July 4th – Closed

Saturday, July 5th – 10:00 – 4:00


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An Old Trick

Here is an old trick, this is nothing new, but it is a nice review for those of you starting out with stained glass and the copper foil technique.  Years ago I found this technique hard to believe; so, I tried this and to my pleasant surprise it really works.  When you are finishing up your panel and have decided to put a copper patina on your solder lines give this a try.




Before anything happens make sure that you have neutralized the patina and given your entire panel a good washing.  We like to neutralize the flux and then wash our panels in Orvus soap.  The reason for the Orvus is because Orvus is sodium lauryl sulfate. It is 100% biodegradable and does not contain any phosphates. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a “surfactant” – it removes residues that are oily. What it comes down to in simple terms (and the aspect that concerns us most) is that it is a “wetting agent.”  Orvus removes the surface tension and allows the water to do the cleaning.


Once that is done dry your panel with some clean rags or towels.  Now comes the strange part. Take a good polish like Liva for stained glass and put it on both side of your panel just like you would when you wax your car.  When the Liva has dried and come to a light haze all over the panel, buff all of it off with a clean rag turning the rag on a regular basis.


Liva and Novacan Super Bright


You are now ready to put on your Novacan Super Bright Copper Patina.  Pour some patina into a separate dish; we use a small dish like you would for Grandma’s custard.  Take a brush, or sponge and carefully go over all your solder lines being careful to not go on the outside copper framing.  When you are all done rinse your panel with water one more time then give it another Liva polishing and voilá a beautiful copper patina on your stained glass panel.



Applying the Patina

Try it, you’ll be amazed.












Finished Patina


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