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Fused Glass Features for a Fireplace Mantle

Fuse Glass Fireplace Mantle

This is a simple little project that may give you some inspiration to use fused glass in new ways.

In our home we have a brick fireplace that has always looked quite bare. It has no mantle and really looks unfinished. So for a few years I have been looking for a suitable fireplace mantle to finish it off.

Finally, I found a very cheap, $20,  second-hand mantel that could do the job.

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Coasters for Fay

Fused Glass Coasters

Is there a theme starting here? A clock for Jacob, now coasters for Fay! Mmm…maybe not.

Anyway, yes, this is a set of coasters for my sister Fay. Not the first post on coasters, but each has been a learning experience and a lot of fun making.

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Using Fused Glass Dots to Make Jewellery

Fused Glass Cab Designs

We have been making round fused glass cabochons for some time now, but never tried to use them for much else other than stud earrings. With a little thought it seemed that they could be used to make a range of designs for more interesting earrings and pendants.

A few tests later I found that there were a couple of factors that influenced the final result.

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Trying Colour de Verre Moulds for Jewellery

Colour de Verre Moulds

For some time I have been meaning to try a Colour de Verre mould for small fused glass jewellery pieces. Well, I finally made the time and you may, or may not, be surprised to find that using the moulds is not quite as simple as thought.

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Making Personal Coasters

Family Fused Glass Coasters

Making something yourself gives you a satisfaction that you just can’t get any other way. Especially when the end result is totally unique fused glass art. Doing something like that with your children creates memories that last a lifetime.

Some time ago my son John and his family were visiting so I decided this was a great opportunity to do just that.

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Recycled Textured Float Glass Fusing Test

Textured Float Glass Test

Curiosity finally got the better of me and I just had to test fuse some textured plate-glass. This is the type of glass used in doors, and other areas where privacy is an issue. In fact, the pieces I used came out of an old door I had sitting around under the house for some time.

So how did it go?

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Bullseye Glass Training Videos

Most of the glass we use here at Rocket Rose Art is Bullseye COE 90. The only exception is a small amount of recycled glass used in some tests. This may change in the future, but for now we will stay with Bullseye.

One of the best things I found about Bullseye is the library of training videos they have online.

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Exclusive Hot Glass Gallery in West Wyalong

Glass Gallery West Wyalong

Just recently Ann and myself made a trip to Adelaide in South Australia to see our son Mykel. It has been a few years since we had visited him, and he had purchased a new apartment, so another visit was overdue.

Anyway, on the way we had to pass through a town called West Wyalong in New South Wales. This is a town way out west and not somewhere you expect to find much in the way of glass work. Surprisingly, as we drove into town there was a road side sign for a glass gallery. Well, of course we had to stop and have a look.

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Testing Glues for Aanraku Bails for Jewellery

E6000 V Araldite Ultra Clear

The subject of which glue to use for aanraku ‘Glue-on’ bails for jewellery is a common one and one that is hard to find definitive answers. The result of my research was confusion, mainly because there were many conflicting reports.

The most common glue used seems to be E6000, but while the majority of users seem to like the glue, there were also many that did not have great experiences.

To check my options I made note of other glues used and did find references to several. However, here in Australia I found it almost impossible to get these. No use finding a great glue I couldn’t purchase.

A check of our local outlets and some discussion led me to Araldite Ultra Clear as a possible alternative and it was readily available. I did call the company and ask which of their glues would be most suitable for my need and they did confirm that the Ultra Clear was the best solution.

So here are the results of my tests comparing E6000 and Araldite Ultra Clear.

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Cool Spots in Your Glass Kiln

Cool Spot in Glass Kiln

All kilns, as far as I know, have cool spots. Areas in the kiln that never reach the desired temperature. The result is that anything in those areas will not be processed to the same degree as the rest of the kiln.

After many firings I knew this to be the case in my kiln, but wasn’t sure just where those areas were.

A recent fire polish gave me the opportunity to look at this a little better.

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Origins of Glass Fusing

Roman Glass Jug

First, my apologies for the lack of posts lately. A number of personal things have been getting in the way, hopefully not any more.

For a while I have been reading a number of references to the start of glass fusing, historically. I suppose it depends on the literal meaning you adopt for ‘glass fusing’, but for me it is simple when someone started fusing pieces of glass together to create a useful or decorative object.

A little research has uncovered a couple of interesting facts.

Glass was discovered by accident on a beach. Continue reading Origins of Glass Fusing