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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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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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Making Green Puddle Cabochons – Part 2 – The Cabochons

Green Fused Glass Cabochons

In Part 1 I covered making the puddle by fusing several sheets of Bullseye COE 90 glass, but didn’t get into how that became finished cabochons.

In this part I will cover making the cabochons from the puddle, from breaking up the puddle, grinding and preparation, full fusing and a final fire polish.

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Making Green Puddle Cabochons – Part 1 – The Puddle

Green Fused Glass Puddle

Time for a new fused glass puddle.

In our efforts to build up our stock of cabochons for our first craft market stall (I will post about this later), I decided to make some more striped puddle cabochons. Much like others I made some time ago, but with a green colour scheme.

A while ago I tried my first puddle cabochons, with mixed success. The puddle, though small, worked well, but I had a lot of devitrification when making the cabochons. A lot of time was spent grinding and cleaning off devitrification, reshaping the cabochons and fire polishing to get a better result. Some of those cabochons were reworked a few times before I was happy with the result.

It was a big learning experience but now I feel I have moved forward and have enough experience to get a much better and quicker result.

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Making Fused Glass Zebra Cabochons – Part 2

Fused Glass Zebra Cabochons

In the first part I talked about how I managed to fuse up a slab from black and whites offcuts of glass.

In this post I will continue with details about cutting the slab into cabochons, grinding the edges and then the final fire polishing of the cabochons.

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Tumbling Fused Glass for a Fire Polish

Tumbled Fused Glass Cabochons

Devitrification and other problems, such as staining and foreign bodies, can render your beautiful fused glass cabochon or feature a rather ugly oddity. This has happened to me many times.

My usual approach was to grind or sand away the offending area and then fire polish the pieces. The grinding and sanding can be very tedious and is always time consuming.

After spending a lot of time doing this I became determined to find another option.

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Fixing Staining under Cabochons

200 Grit Sanded Cabochons

Yet another mistake with using Super Spray. This one came about when fire polishing some fused glass cabochons for jewellery sets.

Each set consisted of a single pendant piece and a pair of drops for earrings. When I made them most turned out well, but a few had a little devitrification.

So I decided to grind off the devitrification and fire polish the pieces again.

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Fixing a Mistake with Super Spray

Grind Marks in Cabochon

In one of my attempts to fix devitrification on some of my fused glass cabochons I made a mistake. As a result of that I found myself trying yet again to rescue these cabochons.

So what was the mistake? It was to cover ground cabochons with Fuse Master Super Spray anti-devitrification solution. The result was the encasing of what appeared to be grind marks below what is otherwise a wonderful polished surface. I expected the glass to all fuse together and obliterate the grind marks, but I suspect the marks were simply too deep and minute air bubbles were trapped below the surface.

So now I find myself trying again to remove not devitrification, but those encased grind marks.

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Offcut Puddle Cabochons Fire Polish

Fire Polished Cabochons

Recently, I tried an offcut puddle. A stack of Bullseye 90 COE glass offcuts were piled up on a shelf and fused until they melted down in to a puddle. This worked quite well, but a few pieces of opalescent offcuts did show signs of devitrification.

In the same firing Ann made a bar of black and white using multiple stringers for decoration.

Out intention was always to then cut the puddle and bar up for cabochons. Well, I recently received a new diamond blade for my tile cutter and really wanted to give it a try, so cutting the puddle up was the perfect test.

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Test Cabochons and More

Test Cabochons

This full fuse firing was all about testing a few ideas to make glass cabochons for jewellery. You will notice in the ‘Before’ photo that the items are placed on separate pieces of BullsEye Thinfire kiln shelf paper. For no specific reason other than to use up the paper offcuts.

All glass is BullsEye COE 90. Most glass is 3mm, but there were a few 2mm pieces in some stacks. Everything was fired to a full fuse. The Firing Schedule I used is shown below. Continue reading Test Cabochons and More

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First Glass Fusing for a Puddle

Fused Glass Cabochons

This was a milestone – my very first glass fuse firing.

What’s a glass puddle? Well, I didn’t have the faintest when I first heard the term. It is basically a technique for creating jewellery cabochons.

The idea is to layer up a number of pieces of art glass in complimenting colours, then full fuse that together into a puddle. The glass completely fuses down and melts together into what is literally a puddle of glass.

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