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Steider Studios offers kiln rentals and retails mica and Bullseye Tested Compatible glass as well as tools and other supplies (below) for working with glass. Linda is an Authorized Dealer of Kemper Tools.

Mica Testing

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Linda recommends making a set of test tiles:

Step 1: Cut Test Tiles

Cut a 2" base glass tile from white, black, clear, and any color you plan to use the mica on. I test on black and white to see effects on a dark and a light substrate. Clear is used because you can place it over all colors as an audition to see how the mica will look on any given color.

Cut matching 1" x 2" tiles for each, plus a 1.125" x 2" clear tile for clear-capping each. For each test tile, place the matching 1" x 2" tile atop the 2" base; glue if necessary.

Step 2: Sift Mica

Sift a line of mica over the two layers and onto the remaining single layer of each. Stop the sift just before the outer edge on the single layer. Using a wipe out tool, (also called a color or clay shaper), wipe any stray mica away from the edges.

If you have more than one color of mica, sift a line of each color onto the same base tiles, incorporating as much information as possible on each 2" tile.

Step 3: Clear Cap

Clear-cap the single half layer of all your test pieces with your 1.125" x 2" clear piece, making sure the top clear glass covers all the mica. If you cut the clear-cap slightly larger than the base glass, it will bend over the edge of the base and you won't have to be as precise in keeping the mica away from the edges. If the mica seeps out the edges when clear-capping, it will repel and you'll have a "bubbled" edge.

Step 4: Fuse

Use a full fuse firing schedule for your kiln, venting to 1000 degrees, and annealing for thickness of glass. If you follow my examples of 2" tiles, they are small enough that you should be able to ramp up as quickly as your kiln allows.

Here are the test tiles, ready for the kiln:

Step 5: Note

Make notations of your results to keep as a permanent record of your findings.

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