I love to learn about fused glass whether it is through classes, eBooks, or actual books. I thought I would write a few Fused Glass book reviews on the various books I have purchased. Please understand this is my personal view and is not intended to offend anyone. I just like trying new things and I would like to share my experiences with others. I am not paid to write these reviews.
Over all I liked the projects in Beginning Fusing & Beyond by Christy Rector.
I like that Beginning Fusing & Beyond has a myriad of techniques and projects (20 projects) including bracelet, watch, barrettes, vase, etching, freeze & fuse, frames, etc. However, the instructions are more of a quick overview rather than step-by-step detailed instructions, but they are relatively easy to follow.
Since this is touted as a beginning fusing book I think the basic fusing information should be explained in more detail and instead of a quick overview. For example, the term COE (Coefficient of Expansion) was used albeit not explained until the glossary. Additionally, other key terms were not explained except for in the glossary i.e., devitrification, kiln wash, annealing, etc. Although, Beginning Fusing & Beyond did include firing schedules it did not explain the fusing cycles. In my opinion, a “beginner” book should describe procedures and back ground information first to ensure readers are all on the same page (pardon the pun). Therefore, if you understand basic fused glass processes this book can provide a variety of project ideas for inspiration.
Remember all kilns are different, so get to know your kiln and the best temperatures to fuse.
Keeping my Kiln warm,