THE COST OF YOUR GLASS IS NOT JUST THE COST OF THE CULLET OR BATCH ITSELF BUT ALSO INCLUDES ALL THE RELATED COSTS OF USING ANY PARTICULAR PRODUCT SUCH AS:
ENERGY USE - MELTING TEMPERATURE
PRODUCTION LOSS DUE TO BATCH/CULLET INCONSISTENT QUALITY
YIELD PER LB.
SHIPPING COST - FREIGHT DISCOUNT RATES
LOW MARKUP: "I took on the distributorship of Glasma glass batch because once I tried it in my own studio, I was convinced that it is the best product available. I cannot imagine using any other batch, pre-melted glass, or cullet available in the United States. Since it is only cost effective to import by the container load of 19 metric tons and my needs were very modest, I became the North American distributor to facilitate importing of large quantities. My markup is minimal. (see About Us)." Bill Glasner - Operating Manager
Very large discount extended to schools or studios ordering by the container load.
LOWER ENERGY COSTS: Cullet and domestic batches often require a high-melt temperature of 2350°F or higher. Glasma705 can be easily melted and fined out as low as 2200°F in small furnaces and no higher than 2300F in large ones and worked the next morning at lower temperatures as well.
FUEL SAVINGS CAN BE CONSIDERABLE!
MINIMIZE PRODUCTION LOSS: With Glasma AB's consistent batch production controls, you are assured of receiving the same fully mixed, pelletized and dried formula every time. Product reject rate is minimized and loss of production time due to cord, batch stones, contaminants, and unforeseen incompatibility from one production run to another are virtually eliminated.
CRUCIBLE/FURNACE LIFE: The lower melting temperature of Glasma705 reduces wear on your crucible and furnace liner. Even high alumina refractory surfaces appreciate even a 100 degree lower melting temperature. The virtual absence of batch dust and fine particles, which can “fluff” in the furnace, also contributes to longer refractory life.
YIELD PER LB: The 705 will yield 84-85% melted glass by weight. Domestic batch formulations can yield as little as 76-78%.
SHIPPING COST: To offset the cost of the product, I have managed to obtain heavily discounted freight rates. Highly competitive rates offer significant savings.
Glasma 705 has been on the market since 2001. Studios and glass schools using it have found that Kugler, Reichenbach, Zimmerman, Gaffer and other colors compatible with domestic batches and pre-melted glass are likewise compatible. Taking into account both coefficient of expansion and viscosity range (see Bullseye Tech Notes page on compatibility), Glasma has formulated the 705 to be as flexible as possible in fitting a wide range of colors. (Of course each studio should test to confirm compatibility with the particular colors used)
Another benefit of the high standards of Glasma AB’s production process is a consistency of pelletization that results in a minimum of dust and fine particles. This reduces the hazards of exposure to free silica both in the handling of the batch and the release of material out of the flue and gathering port. The 25 kg bags are easy to handle and store well in a dry location.
Bill Glasner, a studio glassworker since 1973 and Operating Manager of Studio Glass Batch LLC, has melted and worked the 705 since 2004.
He is available to share his experience and that of other studios, answer technical and process questions and make suggestions should you experience any problems. In addition, Kenneth Svensson, Managing Director of Glasma AB, has visited American studios and schools with Bill. Their relationship facilitates prompt response directly from Glasma AB.
Glasma 705 is a light barium formula created specifically for hot glass studios market and school glass programs. The inclusion of barium yields a true crystal quality not seen in commonly used soda-lime glasses. The resulting higher index of refraction (brilliance) is immediately noticeable.
Users of Glasma glass batch get the benefit of the same equipment, process and quality control, chemistry and engineering expertise, and oversight of ingredients that such glassworks as Orrefors and Simon Pearce demand and receive. Consistency of formulation from production run to run is guaranteed with frequent test melts of samples. Consistency of pelletization, drying, and purity of ingredients is assured with rigorous controls throughout production. The fully dried pellets are small eliminating "popcorn" effect in the furnace.
The result is a long working, colorless glass with a high index of refraction.
Ingredients will NOT segregate from each other in the bag during shipment!
NO bags of powder or large blocks due to inadequate pelletization or drying!!
Pelletized glass batch specifically formulated for studios and schools by Glasma AB, Sweden.