Can you tell me the difference between "flashed on" "flashed" or "fired on" glass?
The description I am writing is in regards to a depression glass candy dish that has a soft dull finish on the outside that could scratch off easily. The underside has no texture to the finish and the tiny black design appears to be under clear glass on the underside. I sold a fairy light with this type of finish and received a complaint that I described it incorrectly and the customer labeled it as "cheap unfinished glass". I know that it is an old glass type and can be quite beautiful I just need to know if the terms are interchangeable or one is better than another. The color on my piece is a deep orange and does have a few spots that have tiny flecks gone or a scratch. It is way too beautiful not to identify it correctly.
Thanks for any help you might give.
I don't know much about Depression glass, but can you possibly post a photo(s)? TX! I am sure you will get some very good info from the glass folks here:)
Can you post a photo of the piece?
As far as I know, flashed, fired on and flashed on all refer to the same thing...when the color is added as a laminate surface and heated to adhere.
Thank you for being willing to answer my question. I loaded the pictures for you to see. I hope I did it right.
Yes, that appears to be fired on color and it's a Fenton #735 candy jar (ref in Weatherman's Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2)
Thanks for posting, Carol! Nice find--I knew one of our knowledgeable glass folks would be able to help you identify your piece!
Thank you for the help, Wow, thanks for the info! I collect some Fenton but I am afraid not this one although the detail is really impressive. There I go again wanting to keep it!! Haven't any room, humm, maybe in that corner over there....LOL. I hadn't found the pattern in any of my books. As always I always want to know more. So fired, flashed on and flashed all mean the same thing someone said. Can I assume satin glass is a different type of treatment of the glass because it seems to be a harder glass finish or is the lack of technology in earlier years the difference? Secondly, how do you emphasize to the novice the finish is tender and that is normal. With the individual I dealt with I don't think she would ever had understood but I would like to avoid that again with my write-ups. Thanks you two. This is awesome to get help when you are stumped or just want to write something up sounding intelligent.
In simple terms best I know how....
The flashed glass method is a piece of glass dipped into another color and is less durable than fired on which is fired like in a kiln to set the color.
Satin glass is a treatment of hydrofluoric acid to make a satiny finish.
The fairy lamp was probably flashed.
I love your Art Deco depression Fenton and seems to be in pretty good shape. With Fenton closing and selling off their molds it very nice piece.