Modeling Glass is a new product that has been in development for several years at Glass Bird Studios.
It's a unique two-part kit consisting of a powdered binder and liquid medium that you combine with water and your 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 90 or 96 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.
If you mix the glass exactly as per the instructions then you will have powdered binder left once the liquid medium is gone - this is to allow you the option of mixing it in different consistencies. We have refills available seperately on the website.
The final pieces will shrink approx 15-20% however since all kilns fire differently your results may vary and shrinkage may be more on smaller pieces.
Modeling Glass is easy to use and gives artists a whole new way to work with hand-sculpted shapes!
Starter Sheet. PDF