Frequently Asked Questions
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We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions our customers ask about The Glass Shack. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch and we’ll be respond to all your inquiries as soon as we can.
WHAT IS GLASS FUSION?
In basic terms, this is the technique of joining 2 or more pieces of glass together by heating then in a special kiln at a temperature between 670c and 820c. In most cases sheet glass is cut into shapes and designs are built and put together to create your design before firing in the kiln for up to 24 hours.
I'VE NEVER CUT GLASS BEFORE...CAN ANYONE DO IT?
Generally, yes, although most children under about 12 years often don't have the strength to cut successfully. Additionally, some people with joint problems may find it harder than most. There are various tools that are used which can help those who may find it a little more difficult and there is always help at hand for those who have real problems or alternatives to using cut glass.
CAN YOU MAKE ME A ONE OFF PIECE AND CAN YOU DESIGN IT FOR ME?
Yes, and, yes. Take a look at the commissions page for inspiration. There are many options for commissions. We can discuss your requirements in detail.
I'M NOT AT ALL ARTISTIC...WILL IT MATTER?
No, for most things in glass fusion you do not need to be 'artistic'. Having a bit of a creative mind helps, but anyone can follow one of the designs you are given and add your own 'twist' to it.
CAN I TAKE MY GLASS HOME AT THE END OF THE WORKSHOP
No, your glass needs to go into the kiln and fire overnight and, depending on what you are making, may need to go in for a 2nd or even 3rd firing.
AM I LIMITED TO JUST DOING ONE OR TWO SMALL PIECES IN A WORKSHOP?
No, you can make other things, we would just need to discuss your requirements and there may be an additional charge for the materials used. Bespoke workshops can be very flexible.