DarteGlass is a woman-owned small business. There is no storefront. We sell online, and in person at events. We are located in Farmersville, Texas, which is in the Northeast section of Texas. About an hour from Dallas. Still in a rural area (for now), where you’ll find cattle roaming and great country folk that will actually give you a “howdy” when they see you!
Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers by creating handmade fused glass designs.
What is Fused Glass is asked a lot by customers. So I thought I would try to explain. Multiple firings are required to create a finished product, so pieces can take many days to complete. We fire, in the kilns, first to melt the glass into the desired design. Next, comes the forming of the glass, by either slumping the glass into a mold, or draping the glass over a mold. The anticipation and urge to open the kiln and peek is difficult to say the least, but the wait is worth the end result.
Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass.
Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures 593–677 °C (1,099–1,251 °F) is called slumping. Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures 677–732 °C (1,251–1,350 °F) is considered “tack fusing”. Firing the glass at the higher part of this range 732–816 °C (1,350–1,501 °F) is commonly described as a “full fuse”.
All of these techniques can be applied to one glass work in separate firings to add depth, relief and shape.
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