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Modeling Glass is a new product that has been in development for several years at Glass Bird Studios in the USA. It's a unique two-part kit consisting of a powdered binder and liquid medium that artists combine with water and their own powdered glass or frit. The resulting material has the consistency of clay, is smooth and easy to work with. It won't stick to your hands or tools. The binder and liquid medium are food-grade and non-toxic.

You can work with Modeling Glass in many of the same ways you would work with clay: roll into coils, roll into a flat sheet and cut out shapes, or press into silicone molds. Modeling Glass holds its shape without freezing. When fired to tack-fuse temperatures it will hold an amazing amount of textural detail. It can be thinned with water and used to create beautiful palette-knife textures. Combine colors to make your own blends.

Before firing, dry Modeling Glass shapes can be sanded, carved, and otherwise modified, virtually eliminating the need for extensive cold working after firing.

During firing, the binder and medium will burn away, and do not affect the compatibility of the glass. It can be used with either COE 96 or 90 glass, and at full-fuse temperatures, colors remain true.

Each kit makes over 3 pounds of Modeling Glass and comes with complete instructions for mixing, use, storage, and a suggested basic firing schedule. Modeling Glass is easy to use and gives artists a whole new way to work with hand-sculpted shapes!

The ratio for mixing Modeling Glass with Oceanside/Spectrum/Uroboros or other powders is slightly different to those in the pamphlet; INCREASE BINDER from 2 1/2 level teaspoons (6g) to 1 level tablespoon (7g). INCREASE WATER from 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons (60g) to 1/4 cup plus 2 1/4 teaspoons (70g). That's it!

How does Modeling Glass Work?
You can turn glass powder into a moldable, sculptable material similar to clay using the two-part Modeling Glass Starter Kit. The Powdered Binder is a food-grade, nontoxic cellulose-based material that reacts with water as a thickener. The Liquid Medium is also food-grade and nontoxic, and combines with water to give body and smoothness to the Modeling Glass, while preventing stickiness. Both the Binder and the Liquid Medium burn away during firing, leaving pure glass behind.

The sculpted owl head shown is made with all Modeling Glass, and was created in just two firings. It is about 4" across and 1/4" thick. No moulds were used, it was sculpted free-form.
 
Kit contains a 3.5oz Jar of powdered binder and a 2oz bottle of liquid medium. We also carry refill packs of the binder for your next project!
 

 

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