17 March 2018

Think your glass art can handle a little more heat?

Last week, we talked about colors and how they relate to emotion... now, let's look at an easy way to add color to your glass!

Fuse Master Easy Fire High-Temperature Enamels are an exciting collection of bright colors that are easy to fire and provide an alternative to traditional sheet glass. As they don't require special venting to get rich strong colors, you can just pop them in the kiln and go!

Easy Fire Enamels are a very finely ground powder... it's actually 300 mesh which is much finer than powdered frit and most other enamels. It can easily be brushed, silkscreen printed, stippled or airbrushed onto a base glass. They are lead-free and are compatible with Bullseye, 90 COE, 96 COE and float glass. Most importantly, they are able to withstand temperatures up to 1650F so, they can be used for full fuse firings, glass blowing and lamp working without burning out!

Check out the amazing pieces that Gail made using Easy Fire Enamels!


11 March 2018

The Psychology of Color!

As artists, we know that the mind is highly responsive to visual stimuli, and color is the most defining factor in that response. On many levels, colors convey meaning – not only in the natural world but also within our culture. Companies have used these responses for years to accent their branding messages and stir up emotional energy... so, is it crazy to think the same theory is true about picking a color for your kiln?

My answer to the question is no... it's not crazy, it's fabulous! Now that Evenheat, Paragon and Olympic kilns all offer custom colors at no additional charge, it's even easier to use your kiln as part of your artistic inspiration. Each manufacturer has different options but, overall berry is our #1 custom color! 

❤️RED - Stimulating and passionate, the color red always makes a strong statement! As a dominating color, red also adds gravity and heightened awareness – quite literally, as the color increases blood circulation, breathing rates, and metabolism.

๐ŸงกORANGE - If you want an energetic vibe, try orange! Sharing red's energizing aspects, but to a safer degree, orange is a good way to add excitement without severity. It's generally playful, and some claim it creates haste and plays on impulse. 

๐Ÿ’œPURPLE -  Want help getting those brain synapses firing? Purple utilizes both red and blue to provide a nice balance between stimulation and serenity that is supposed to encourage creativity. Light purple is said to result in a peaceful surrounding, thus relieving tension.

๐Ÿ’šGREEN/๐Ÿ’™BLUE -  If you looking for your studio to be a peaceful and calming environment, you might consider using green and/or blue. These cool colors are typically considered restful. There is actually a bit of scientific logic applied to this – because the eye focuses the color green directly on the retina, it is said to be less stressful on your eye muscles.

๐Ÿ’—PINK - Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates. The color pink has associations with fascination, positive energy and compassion. Psychologically, pink is one of the most powerful colors!

03 March 2018

Price Drop on the Jen-Ken ProFusion Fiber 52

Effective immediately, Kiln Frog has lowered the prices on both the ProFusion Fiber 52 and the ProFusion Fiber 52 Deep... a savings of over $700.00!


The ProFusion 52 is the largest kiln in the Jen-Ken family of fiber kilns, and is one of our all-time favorites! With an interior size of 10.71 cubit feet, it's big enough to handle your largest work, and fiber fast for everything else!

The stand of the ProFusion 52 puts the floor of the kiln at about 34" high; the perfect kitchen-counter height for ease of loading. Plus, the lid is spring-assisted, so it is extremely light for it's size.

Still have questions about fiber kilns... check out our Fiber vs. Brick comparison.

25 February 2018

Fine Lines

Bullseye Glass Quick Tip:

Looking for a new way to use stringer? Try this Quick Tip for a Mid-Century modern inspired design... and it's so easy!

Start by holding the stringer with thumbs and forefingers, place the spot you want to bend in the tip of a tea light candle flame. Apply a light pressure until you feel the glass soften. Lift the stringer out of the flame to cool and set the angle. Keep the stringer relatively flat as you move on to the next bend. Carbon will burn off in the kiln, so there’s no need to clean.

Just a reminder to always wear eye protection as stringers are pretty delicate and can easily snap. Also, don't forget to allow the bent area to cool before touching. Talking from personal experience, sometimes it looks cool, but it's not!

15 February 2018

Let's make a list... Instructors, Workshops & Classes

We need your help!  We are on a mission to create a resource that lists all the instructors and teaching studios from around the US!

Getting an instructor added to the list is easy! Just fill out the form and that's it, you're done! We plan to post the list in the next few weeks so, please add your favorite instructor and share with you friends! The more instructors and teaching studios we have the better!