Making frit the hard way

>>>Making frit the hard way

So I picked up a bunch of glass today, full- and half-sized sheets, neatly wrapped. Set them upright on the backseat like you’re supposed to, then thought, “I don’t need to seatbelt them in, I’m only driving home.”

So of course you know what happened, right?

Guy in the lefthand lane decides he needs to make an immediate right turn, across my lane. I slam on the brakes, car jerks to a stop and I hear a big crrrrunch! from the back seat. Looked back, and the package of full glass sheets is bent in half and making tinkle-crinkle-crunch sounds. Not a good sign.


So I now have half sheets where once there were whole sheets, and a whole lot of extra-coarse frit. Wish I could blame somebody besides me, but this one was pretty obvious.

Oh well…



  1. gary brown December 17, 2007 at 8:38 am - Reply

    *ouch* I usually stick the glass down on the floor between the back seat and the back of the front seat. No room for ’em to shift.

    So, did you have a zillion little Sharp Shards sitting on the floor and seat of the car waiting to cause Grievous Bodily Harm to the unwary passenger?


  2. Cynthia December 16, 2007 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Robin, 😉

    Yup. Use lots of frit–you oughta see the empties around here and I caught myself at Bullseye the other day asking if they had anything larger than the 40-lb containers of Crystal Clear. Maybe I need to go back to flat fusing for awhile…

    Yeah, I have never had a problem in many, many years but then I’ve always seat-belted my glass into the car before, too. I keep thinking if I ever get another car I’ll get one that has glass-compatible storage but…this car is paid for and you know how that goes.

    Thanks for the kind words–I really enjoy this blog and love reading the comments; I learn a lot from them.

  3. robin grabowski December 16, 2007 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Cynthia, major bummer, but you do use lots of frit. There you go.

    To bring my glass home, I lay it flat in the back of my Jeep with a blanket under and sheets of paper (the glass paper that comes from the factory)between layers. When done loading, I wrap the edges of the blanket over and around and clip bunge cords to hooks on the floor of the Jeep. I have moved glass this way for 35 years and knock on wood, have never had a mishap. I know you should have it vertical but have never had a vehicle to do that in. I do put the thicker or tekta on the bottom and thinner and or more expensive on top.

    I know you will put your new shards to some very creative use. I love visiting your blog site to see what is new and thank you for making me do mine.

    robin g

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