Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Make your own glass frit!

First I'll tell you what frit is, it is tiny crushed pieces of glass in varies grades and sizes, lampworkers and fusers use it to add color or design to their glass. If you have seen my work you saw lots of frit.

My EGA friend Rhonda Willis from www.rwillisglassartist.etsy.com shares with us a great way to make frit from scrap glass:

A friend of mine works at a local glass store, and she is always coming up with wonderful ideas. Well, her dad (an engineer) came up with this idea for a home-made frit maker. After seeing it, I made a quick dash to the Home Depot (Lowe's or Ace should have them too) so that I could make one for myself.




Materials from hardware store:

One 1-1/2" x 8" heavy lead pipe
One 1-1/2" cap
One 3/4" x 10" heavy lead pipe
Two 3/4" caps

From a glass supply company:
Glass Frit Sifter set (I love this set!!)

The coffee grinder just doesn't do it for me, and like many glass artists, I've been hammering the glass in plastic bags to make my frit. Now I just put my glass in the 1-1/2" pipe and use the capped 3/4" pipe to crush the glass. Then I poor the contents into the glass sifter set which separates the sizes of the frit. I then poor the frit into my 2-oz. storage containers (a gold-mine find at a local thrift store).

The caps aren't flat, so I have to store the frit maker on its side. I'm sure you could flatten the cap. But, I'm not particular. I'm just thrilled to have this! The weight of the capped 3/4" lead pipe makes it quick and easy for me to make my own frit. And, to make the "crusher 3/4" pipe" even heavier I threw in some heavy fishing weights (a garage sale find). Rocks, lead balls, or anything else you can find to add some weight to it will work just as well. Smile

Happy crushing!

Thanks Rhonda :)

9 comments:

Elizabeth said...

"If you have seen my work you saw lots of frit."

Watch your language! LOL

Shoozles said...

LOL!

Periwinkle Studio said...

I absolutely LOVE the bag you gave me! If you sell any more, please let me know because I would happily buy from you any day! Your special touch makes it all magical! :)

Anonymous said...

Andrea Simeral-Boyer; dancingmoonshadows@yahoo.com

I'm so glad you posted this idea on frit making! I've been looking everywhere on LE and some kind soul directed me here. :-)

May I ask where you purchased your frit sifter set? I couldn't find anything like that. I was thinking of using my tea bag strainer but that would really only give me 2 sizes.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thx so much!
Andrea

Mary John said...

Thanks so much for posting this! All the frit makers/glass crushers out there are so expensive. So thank you for this project!
-For the last poster, for the sifter set, try mountainglassarts.com
If you want to make your own sifter set, just try searching for "wire mesh." You can find some really different sizes.

Brian said...

Couldn't find exactly the same sizes, but made it work with other ones, great idea!

pepper! said...

THANK YOU!

Daniel said...

thank you for the measurements. I started doing a similar thing at the hardware store but got frustrated (and ran out of time) trying to find pipes that would match up. I'm going to take these measurements with me next time and see if I can duplicate it.

Sammy said...

Those were awesome directions, Now i just need to find a cheap set of sieves. I have a oil drum in the back that is half full of glass that i cant wait to crush up and re-use...