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Making a Dichroic Fused Glass Suncatcher

Dichroic Suncatcher

Fused glass suncatchers can be amazing with the way they play with light. In this fused glass video tutorial I’ll show you how to make a simple suncatcher that is open to a lot of creative variations. I’ll discuss the materials, preparation, assembly, kiln and firing schedule with some extra design options at the end.

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Fused Glass Suncatcher

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How to Find Cool Spots in Your Glass Fusing Kiln

Glass Kiln

Glass fusing kilns come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is the potential to have cool spots. These are areas within the kiln where the temperature is slightly cooler than the rest of the kiln. This means that the glass in those areas will not process as much as in other areas.

In this video I’ll talk about why its’ important to know your kiln, some of the reasons why cool spots may exist, and a simple test I perform to find where in a new kiln these cool spots may occur.

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

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Making Fused Glass Part Sheets

Fused Glass Video Tutorial

Fused Glass part sheets are extremely versatile and can be used in many projects to create an entirely unique piece. In this video tutorial I’ll show you how I make two styles of fused glass part sheets. These can be used in your larger fused glass projects and in a later video I’ll show you how to use them to make unique cabochons for jewellery.

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Fused Glass Part Sheets

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Should you Align Joins Vertically when Fusing Glass?

Fused Glass Joins

Stacking joins vertically when fusing glass seems to be a concern with some artists. Because of this concern, I thought it necessary to address it specifically.

To do this I’ll show you a number of projects where I have don’t this very thing. You can then decided yourself if this is a good practice or not.

The video description contains links to related videos and other more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Fused Glass Joins
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Making Plain Fused Glass Cabochons & Jewellery

Video Tutorial for Simple Cabs

These plain and simple fused glass cabochons are very versatile. This fused glass tutorial will show you how to make these and how to use them to make jewellery and to use as decoration on larger fused glass pieces.

This is a very easy project so please give it a go and let me know how it works for you.

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Video Tutorial for Simple Cabs
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Making a Bubble Grid Platter

Fused Glass Platter

This fused glass tutorial video is all about managing bubbles in you glass art. This project intentionally creates bubbles in a uniform pattern, a regular grid.

This is a challenging project but please give it a go. The video covers everything you need to know, from glass selection through to the final full fuse of the finished piece..

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Fused Glass Bubble Grid Platter
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Making Fused Glass Dichroic Features for Jewellery

Dichroic Features Video Tutorial

Dichroic jewellery can be amazing, with many beautiful colours, patterns and textures. In this video I’ll be showing you haw 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.

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and links to more resources.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Dichroic Video Tutorial
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Making Plain Cabochons for Decals & Enamels

Plain Cabochons

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 .

The video description contains links to related videos, a chapters list with time stamps and a link to where you can purchase the decal paper.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

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Making Fused Glass Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas is close! It’s time to make some fused glass Christmas tree ornaments. They make fantastic gifts for family and friends, as well a great little sellers for markets.

In this video I’ll cover everything in just 5 steps. Selecting the glass, cutting, layup, fusing and then drilling a hole for a cord.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Fused Glass Christmas Tree Decorations
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Making Fused Glass Puddle Cabochons for a Glass Kiln or Microwave Kiln

Puddle Cabochons

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.

I will also touch on making the cabochons in a microwave kiln, and offer an alternative technique.

I hope you find it useful and it helps you improve your skills.

Making Puddle Cabochons
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Layered Fused Glass Cabochons and More

Fused Glass Cabochons

Hope you are enjoying this journey and I sincerely hope that I haven’t bored you into saying goodbye. Please hang in there, things will get more interesting.

This was another full fuse for cabochons, some dots and a puddle. You may ask why another test. Well, I firmly believe that testing to see what happens is a great way to learn. The mistakes and the surprising wins all are great teachers.

In this firing we are trying different numbers of layers all together to see how they work together in a firing schedule really set for the bigger pieces.

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First Slumped Fused Glass Bowl

Fused Glass Slumped Bowl

Hey, I’m getting game now. Time to try making a fused glass slumped bowl.

In our first purchase of materials we did purchase a couple of ceramic molds for bowls. As usual, we don’t do things by halves so we purchased the largest bowl that would fit in our Paragon Fusion 14 kiln. The kiln is square, so a square bowl seemed logical. To be honest, we did purchase 2 other molds that are smaller, so I do have moments of being reasonable.

The final design was the result of looking at what offcuts I had. We decided not to start using the large sheets we purchased initially, not until my skills improved, so I continue to try and use offcuts where possible. The design is a little geometric, but that’s the Rocketman in me. I develop software for a living so guess what, I tend to be logical and geometric designs are natural for me.

So how did it go?

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