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Index of Articles

Your success in the glass studio means everything to us. To ensure that success, our Research and Education staff publishes articles that you can access for free in our article library.

These articles include:

  • Quick Tips to make your studio time easier.
  • Technical articles that help you create processes for reaching your intended results.
  • Project ideas: Panels, vessels, three-dimensional sculptures, and more.

Bookmark this page for easy access: and dip into a little glass reading.

If you prefer to have the information in hand, the articles can be downloaded as PDF files for printing. Pick and choose the topics that apply to your projects.

Alternatively, you can have us do most of the printing. Order the Bullseye TechBook, an assortment of over 50 articles compiled in a three-ring binder. This "living book" collection includes many (but not all) of the articles listed in our Index of Articles, and since it comes in a binder, you can later add any articles that prove helpful to your process.


TechNotes 1: Knowing Your Kiln
TechNotes 2: The Vitrigraph Kiln
TechNotes 3: Compatibility of Glasses
TechNotes 4: Heat & Glass
TechNotes 5: Volume & Bubble Control
TechNotes 6: Preparing the Shelf System for a Large Kiln
TechNotes 7: Monitoring Kiln Temperatures for Successful Annealing


TipSheet 1: Kilncarving
TipSheet 2: Accessory Glasses (Not Available)
TipSheet 3: Working Deep
TipSheet 4: Designing Your Own Art Glass
TipSheet 5: Bullseye Box Casting
TipSheet 6: Roll-Ups
TipSheet 7: Platemaking Tips (Updated February 2018)
TipSheet 8: Basic Lost Wax Kilncasting

Studio Tips

Annealing Thick Slabs: Fahrenheit and Celsius charts (Updated May 2019)
Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Conversions
Glass Cleaning Basics
12 Ways to Improve Your Glass Cutting
Kilnforming Project Notes Form
Pre-Firing Your New Kiln (Updated January 2019)
Recommended Annealing Cycle for Bullseye Glass
Safety in the Kiln-Glass Studio

Product Use

Alchemy Glasses (Updated July 2018)
Amaco Black Underglaze Pencil
Bullseye Brainstorm: Textures & Irids
Bullseye Glass Color Conversion Chart—CMYK and RGB Values
Bullseye Shelf Primer Instructions
Color Cues (includes Introduction, Brights, Dusk, Spring Lake, and Pink Martini)
Color Line Paint & Pens Product Information
Clean Shield Gel
Drilling Small Holes in Jewelry and Ornaments
Frit Tinting
Get a Reaction: Bullseye Sulfur-Bearing Glasses
Murakami SP-9500 Diazo Sensitizer Mixing Instructions
Opaline Overlays
Reactive Potential of Bullseye Glass (Updated July 2020)
Special Effects: Steel Blue Opalescent
Stained Glass
ThinFire Shelf Paper
Tips for Using Vermiculite Board
Using Color Line Screen Paste
Using Milestone Decals (Updated April 2018)
What Size French Cleat Do I Need?
What to Expect from Bullseye Glass
What to Expect from Opaline Striker Frit
Working with Accucast 880 Blue

Product Use: Bullseye Molds

Tips for Using Bullseye Slumping Molds (Updated March 2018)
Mold Tips: Big Bowl 
Mold Tips: Cone Bowl 
Mold Tips: Deep Form
Mold Tips: Heart Casting Mold (8976) 
Mold Tips: Pyramid Casting Mold 
Mold Tips: Suggested Slumping Schedules (Updated March 2018) 

Product Use: Colour de Verre Molds

Colour de Verre Molds: Aralia Leaf (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Box Basics

Colour de Verre Molds: Branches, Pine Cones and Assorted Small Leaves
Colour de Verre Molds: Cabbage Leaf (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Feather (PDF)Colour de Verre Molds: Flaming Hearts Casting Mold (PDF)

Colour de Verre Molds: Holiday Stars (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Large Box Molds (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Monstera Leaf (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Northwoods Maple Leaf (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Offset Pendants (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Pillow Pendants (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Rain Forest Leaf (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Simple Beads (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Simple Round Beads & Small Ring Beads (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Slab Server (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Small Dragonflies (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Snowflakes (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Tricks of the Trade (PDF)
Colour de Verre Molds: Priming Colour de Verre Molds with Zyp Spray (PDF)

Make It Projects

Make It: Dilution Solution
Make It: Inline Plate
Make It: Linear Reaction Plate
Make It: Opaline Sushi Set
Make It: Tint Tone Plate

Quick Tips

A Riot of Effects
Alchemy Metallic Palette
Circles from Squares
Color Line Dot Bowls
Fibonacci Fade Plate
Fine Lines
Fix Surface Flaws
Fresh Color
Fresh Palette Picks
Frit Balls
Glimmering Irids
Gold-Bearing Pink Tints
Holiday Punch
Inky Blue Brush Strokes
Iridescent Squares
Keen on Green
Kilncarved Billet
Kilncast and Slumped Bowl
Little Wisp Bowls
Making a Chevron Design
Multitasking Molds
On the Edge with Transparents
Opaline Overlays
Opaline Ring
Powder Power
Raise the Bar on Your Soap Dish
Reaction Action 
River Rock Reaction
Silver Stripe Jewelry
Smooth It Out 
Sparkle Sparkle
Stripes and Dots
Tint Overlay Palette
Wet Scraping Kiln Shelves
Working with Petrified Wood

Legacy Guides

(These guides are no longer being updated. For more recent updates, see About Our Glass.)

GlassTips: Opalescents
GlassTips: Transparents
TorchTips: Opalescent and Transparents