Fused glass cabochons can get a scummy bottom from the fiber paper or shelf primer, and devitrification on the top. To clean these up, you can use wet and dry sandpaper or diamond pads, but an easy way is to tumble them with silicone carbide grit.
Thanks to Twylah for asking about this and inspiring me to make the video. Hope it answers all your questions.
The video tutorial includes the design, materials, and equipment information, as well as the cutting of glass, firing and slumping.
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Thank you Carol for asking this. With dichroic glass that is dichro on clear, it can be difficult to work out which side the dichroic coating is on. This is my method to determine which side the dichroic coating is on.
This is only a very short video but I just thought this is an often-asked question and you may find my method a suitable solution.
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These fused glass dichroic cabochons have a pool-like effect. Like looking down through a pool of water to a dichroic bottom. Some of the dichroic layer breaks up and floats up the sides of the cabochon towards the top of the cab, to form the edges of the pool.
The video tutorial includes the design, materials, and equipment information, as well as cutting the odd-shaped glass, plus coldworking with a grinder and sandblasting. Finally, I cover the full fusing, fire polishing, and glass slumping.
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Some time ago I made a video showing how to make simple fused glass cabochons with some ideas for using them in fused glass jewellery. In this video glass fusing project tutorial, I’m showing you how we take those cabs and make them into simple stud earrings.
If you want to see how I made the cabs this video on YouTube will help.
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If you use dichroic glass in any of your fused glass projects, you’ll probably have a lot of little scraps. They’re like gold! Expensive stuff dichroic glass.
In this video, I’m trying something new to reuse that dichroic glass scrap and make something that could be used for cabochons or as a feature in a project.
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The glass fusing technique of weaving glass has a little bit of mystery about it. In this tutorial, I’ll try to demystify that for you. I’ll be showing how I weave glass to create beautiful fused glass art.
The video tutorial will talk about design, materials, and equipment needs. It will also cover any cutting and assembly required, and all kiln firing through to the final firing.
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Strip construction is a well-known technique in making fused glass items. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to make fused glass cabochons using strip construction.
Glass fusing with the strip construction method involves cutting strips of different coloured glass and then assembling them in some sort of pattern, on edge, before full fusing. That’s exactly what we’ll be doing in this glass fusing project
The video tutorial will talk about design, materials, and equipment needs. It will also cover any cutting and assembly required, and all kiln firing through to the final full fuse firing.
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Dichroic jewellery can be amazing, with many beautiful colours, patterns and textures. In this video, I’ll be showing you how I make a particular style of dichroic features for jewellery. These can be made in a full glass kiln, or in a microwave kiln.
As usual, I’ll discuss many factors, as well as lead you through the full technique I use. This will show you step-by-step exactly how I make the features.
At the end of the video, I will show you the final pieces attached to bails and made up as pendants.
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In this video, I’ll be making plain coloured cabochons for applying decals and enamels. While a basic project, there are several factors to be considered.
During this glass fusing video tutorial, I’ll be discussing several important factors from choosing colours, cutting, laying up and fusing.
At the end, I’ll be showing examples of these cabochons with sepia decals, full-colour decals and enamels. The sepia decals can be designed by you and printed on special decal paper and a suitable laser printer.
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Puddle Cabochons are probably one of the first projects someone starting with fusing glass will undertake. In this video tutorial, I will cover the entire process of making puddle cabochons.
I’ll cover everything from selecting the coloured glass, cutting, breaking up into pieces, cleaning, safety and finally fusing into cabochons.
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In Part 2 of this post I will cover making the actual cabochons. Part 1 covered making the part sheets that we will use for the small horizontal strips. If you haven’t read that, consider doing so, so you are familiar with how the part sheets were made.
So lets get on with making the cabochons.
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The design for these fused glass cabochons is really very simple. They are just a couple of strips of solid coloured glass along with strips cut from part sheets made according to the tutorial on the BullsEye website. By mixing colours and strips from part sheets a lot of variation can be achieved.
Due to the amount of work required to make these cabochons I have decided to break the process into 2 posts – one about producing the part sheets, another to cover the preparation and creation of the cabochons.
So first to make the part sheets.
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