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Lovely Llama Platter (Part 2) Fused Glass Project

Glass Fusing Project

This is part 2 of the Lovely Llama project. In this glass fusing project, I’ve got two llamas on a simple platter. In this second part I complete the assembly, full fuse it, coldwork and then fire polish before slumping in a mould.

If you’re familiar with the glass fusing strip construction technique, I think you’ll still enjoy this project. It is a little demanding, both on technique and patience, but it’s well worth the effort.

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Lovely Llama Platter (Part 1) Fused Glass Project

Fused Glass Project

In this project, we’re going to use the strip construction method to create a pattern that includes 2 Llamas, for a lovely 😁 platter. This is part 1 of the tutorial, simply because it ended up being a long video.

If you’re familiar with the glass fusing strip construction technique, I think you’ll still enjoy this project. It is a little demanding, both on technique and patience, but it’s well worth the effort.

In this project I’ll be talking about a number of things, including the design, cutting glass, assembly of the piece, fusing and slumping.

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What is the Difference Between a Glass Kiln and a Ceramic Kiln?

Kiln Differences

So, what is the difference between a glass kiln and a ceramic kiln? 

Glass kilns are used for working with glass, ceramic kilns for working with ceramics, so you would think they are not interchangeable. 

Well, it’s not that straightforward. 

I’ve had this question about kilns a few times now, so I thought it’s about time I did some research and published this article. 

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Cutting a Crystal Dichroic Cabochon into an Oval Shape.

This material I made some time ago and have cut cabochons from it before, but it’s always an adventure. Sometimes they end up a big non-event, but this one isn’t that bad. Hard to see in the video, but it does have great flashes of colour.

Please ask any questions about this in the video comments. I would really appreciate any comments.

The process involved includes 360 grit diamond wheels and a glass kiln for fire polishing at the end.

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Cabochon Tutorial, Cutting a Rich Blue Cushion Cabochon

Cabochon Cutting Video

The material I’m using here to cut this cushion cabochon promised something special. The rough had a rich blue colour with flashes of gold and pink. The final stone did not disappoint, though it did end up smaller than expected.

Please ask any questions about this in the video comments. I would really appreciate any comments.

The process involved includes 360 grit diamond wheels and a glass kiln for fire polishing at the end.

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Cabochon Cutting Tutorial, Seam Dichroic Fused Glass

Fused Glass Tutorial

This video tutorial covers me hand cutting a piece of seam or banded, dichroic fused glass. This is something I made as an experiment. It’s a mix of opaque and crystal and hence needs to be set in the appropriate setting.

Please ask any questions about this in the video comments. I would really appreciate any comments.

The process involved includes 360 grit diamond wheels and a glass kiln for fire polishing at the end.

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Cutting a Red Oval Cabochon from New Material

Red Oval Cabochon

In this video tutorial, I’ll show how I cut an oval cabochon from some experimental rough material. This material is similar to Jefanite but is basically dichroic glass on a red background.

As I cut this piece you’ll see just how the red cabochon is revealed and in the end, you can share your view of the material and finished cabochon in the video’s comments.

The process involved includes 360 grit diamond wheels and a glass kiln for fire polishing at the end.

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Exposing a Dark Blue Cabochon by Hand Cutting a Piece of Rough Dichroic Fused Glass

Fused Glass Tutorial

This piece of dark blue dichroic fused glass was hand cut into a long cushion shape. While it is dark, rich blue splashes do make it a beautiful and mysterious piece.

The process involved includes 360 grit diamond wheels and a glass kiln for fire polishing at the end.

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Hand Cutting a Blue Seam Teardrop Cabochon

Cabochon Cutting Tutorial

This odd piece of Jefanite fused glass was not initially thought to be of much value, But I persisted and cut it into a teardrop shape.

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Hand Cutting a Dichroic Fused Glass Cabochon into an Oval Shape

Fused Glass Tutorial

This is a dichroic cabochon as it came out of the kiln. Like many cabs, straight from the kiln, they could do with some cold working. So I set about hand cutting this cab into a better oval shape.

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Hand Cutting a Banded Fused Glass Oval Cabochon

Cabochon Cutting Video

This piece of fused glass is a little dark, but, as you’ll see in the video, it turns into a really nice oval cabochon.

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Hand Cutting a Golden Pinfire Blue Oval Cabochon

Cabochon Tutorial

This piece of Jefanite will be cut into a beautiful stone. It has a purple shimmer over blue background and golden pinfire. I will be cutting it into a wide oval shape.

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