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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.

These had to match her kitchen decor so powder blue and white were the thing. So let’s get into it.

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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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Rescue Fire Polish of Coasters

Fused Glass Fire Polish

In an earlier post this month I talked about a set of coasters we tried that were deliberately made thin to see how the glass behaved. The project was 2 layers, the base 3mm and the top 2mm made it under 6mm and hence subject to surface tension stress to conform to the 6mm rule.

After firing, the sides of the coasters did pull in as expected, but worse, the iridised glass unexpectedly resulted in rough edges.

In this firing we decided to try to rescue the coasters, as well as fire polish a few jewellery sets we made from a fused glass slab.

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