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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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A Fused Glass Bowl ‘Kawasaki Dreaming’ – Part 2

Kawasaki Dreaming - Fused Glass Bowl

In Part 2 of this post I will be covering the slumping process to make the final fused glass bowl. You may remember, this is a 245mm square bowl with a Kawasaki theme. It is made from Bullseye 90 COE glass.

The final bowl turned out fantastic, as you will see.

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Casting Glass by Bullseye Glass

If you are interested in art glass and how it is made you will love this old video about the process at Bullseye Glass, way back in 1970. I was entranced by the way they throw around molten glass, almost without care, though I am sure they took plenty of care to avoid injury.

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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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How to Set Up a Pot Melt by Delphi Glass

Pot melts are a great way to create really interesting¬† slabs of glass with swirls, colour blends, graduations and much more. This glass can then be incorporated into your projects in whatever manner you see fit. So far I haven’t given this a go, but it is on the short list of things to do. Thought you might find this video informative and, as I did, a great inspiration.

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‘Flawed Physics’ – Fused Glass Bowl for Mykel

Flawed Physics Fused Glass Bowl

A little while back I told my son Mykel I was going to make him a bowl for his new apartment and asked what he would like. Well, if you knew my son you would not be surprised when he asked for a bowl with the entire number for Pi on it, and in a blue theme. Yes, the entire number.

As I am sure you are aware that number is considered to be infinite. I definitely couldn’t make a bowl big enough for that, but not to be beaten I accepted the challenge and did come up with a compromise.

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Rocket & Solar System Cheeseboard – ‘Dying of the Light’

Fused Glass Rocket Cheeseboard

Hey, what do you expect from Rocketman? OK, a cheeseboard is a bit of an anti-climax, but my rockets are in being serviced.

So, until I get my rockets back, I thought I would make a fused glass cheeseboard. Nothing too demanding, but just a little artistic. You could also use it as a small cutting board, a fruit platter and so on.

So here is how it came about.

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Making a Square Cheese Board, Sort Of

Cheese Board

Yes, I know, ‘sort of’ doesn’t sound too great but this simple project came out of the blue. It really wasn’t planned.

It came about when I looked at a 200mm squarish piece of 6 mm clear Bullseye glass and considered trying to cut it. My previous attempt at cutting 6mm glass didn’t exactly work – it cracked in the wrong place. I need a little practice on that one, so I was a little unsure about cutting it.

Anyway, inspiration hit and I could see a nice cheese board in the square, without cutting. Something simple in design I thought. So undaunted I dived in.

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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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