FAQ

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To calculate shipping costs from Middlesex, Vermont to your address. Visit the US Postal Services site.

Shipping costs for regular mail are based on the weight of the package. The shipping costs for Priority Flat Rate mail are fixed. If an order can fit in a Priority Flat Rate box, the cost is the same. It is most economical to fill a Priority Flat Rate box to full capacity.

To take full advantage of the Priority Flat Rate prices, consider ordering frit in the half jars, refills, or sample sizes. A small Priority Flat Rate box will hold 12 refills, 12 half jars, or 54 samples for $7.15 (US) $33.95 (International). (The standard jar is too tall for this box.) Shipping the same amount of frit to Germany, for instance, would take longer and cost $49.50 for regular Air Mail.

If you have any questions about shipping or see something that doesn't look right, please contact us.

Nitty gritty on weights and measures

Many years ago it became common to refer to the standard jar of frit as a 4oz jar. It's not an accurate measurement since each frit color weighs differently, depending on the metal oxides it contains. Blue tones tend to be lighter while pinks and purples tend to be heavier.

Having a rough idea of weight is helpful for calculating shipping, but to set the record straight, Val Cox Frit is sold by volume, not by weight. 

The standard jar is two inches wide and one and a half inches high and holds two fluid ounces, by volume. The half jar holds one fluid ounce.

 

In terms of frit, the standard jar holds 1/4 cup, plus one level tablespoon. The refill is the same amount, but in a heavy duty ziplock bag.

The half-jar is half the size and holds half the amount of the standard jar.

The sample bag holds one level tablespoon. The average weight of the sample bag is less than one ounce, or about 25 grams. 

COE Compatibility

All of Val Cox Frit is made with premium furnace glass (96coe). The metal oxides that give furnace glass its intense color also make it more elastic. This means that Val Cox frit is compatible with Moretti/Effetre/Vetrofond (104COE) and Bullseye (90COE) as long as you use it in moderation. A conservative rule of thumb is 5% of the weight of the bead. Fortunately, since furnace glass colors tend to be intense, a small amount not only works best, it looks best.

The Color Orange

The yellow and orange colors do not contain lead, which normally makes furnace glass more adaptive in coe. If you are working with Moretti (104coe) or Bullseye (90coe), work this color on the surface, instead of encasing, to avoid cracking issues.

Orange will become black where it comes in contact with silver foil.