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Constructing Part Sheet Platter ‘Sky Tracks’

Blue Fused Glass Sky Tracks

The term ‘fused glass’ really does apply to this project. It uses a ‘selected’ part of a part sheet and virgin (should I use that word) glass to construct a beautiful decorative sling platter.

Ok, I’m using a bit of artistic license here. The term ‘sling’ I use when talking about a platter that is simply a flat rectangular, or square, piece that has been slumped in the middle, like a slung hammock. Am I stretching that artistic license a bit?

Anyway, this platter uses a piece from a part sheet I posted a little while back – A Strip Construction Glass Fusing Part Sheet. I hope you find it interesting.

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Making a Geometric Design Fused Glass Chinese Bowl

Fused Glass Chinese Bowl

This little fused glass bowl started out, in my head, as a very balanced and uniform geometric design, but ended up a lot more random. But I think that’s the beauty of glass art, you can just adapt to your design whims.

At least, to a point. I suppose the glass does dictate a little, but there is so much you can do with glass. More than you may realise.

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My Station for Cold Working Fused Glass

Glass Fusing Cold Working

Can’t say I’m a fan of cold working fused glass. It can be a bit tedious and also a little stressful. But it has to be done and the easier it is, as far as I’m concerned, the better.

So what do you do if you only have a small budget? Well, you make do, a lot. I do have a smaller budget and can’t just buy all those nice things like belt sanders etc, so I had to find a few alternatives. This article is all about how my station for cold working fused glass came about.

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Making a Fused Glass Part Sheet – Black and White

Fused Lass Part Sheet

Fused glass part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your glass art. They can include many colours and complex patterns, but sometimes you just want something simple, like a classic black and white design.

In this tutorial I’ll cover a very simple way to create two versions of a classic black and white fused glass part sheet. One is white on black, the other black on white.

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A Strip Construction Glass Fusing Part Sheet

Strip Construction Part Sheet

Glass fusing part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your pieces. They can be used in so many ways. It all comes down to your creativity.

In this glass fusing tutorial I will cover just one method to make a part sheet. It is simple, but very flexible and gives you many choices as far as colour combinations etc. The method is strip construction.

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Making a Fused Glass ‘Flip It’ Bowl

Fused Glass Bowl

I just love making glass art, and I especially love adding a little something extra to the pieces I make. This fused glass bowl has that litte extra, though it may not be obvious at first glance.

In this fused glass project you may have to look twice to get the message, but it is there and if you make one similar you will love the surprise comments from others when they have a second look.

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Making a Fused Glass Pattern Bar

Fused Glass Pattern Bar

Don’t you just love fused glass pattern bars? They are so versatile. You can slice them up and use them in so many projects. And the possible patterns are endless.

This post shows how I made a simple red, white and blue pattern bar.

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Laser Decal Paper FAQs

A full set of detailed Instructions comes with Fired-On Images 10-sheet pack.

Will my printer work?

Any model HP or Canon Black-Only Laser Printer or copier will work as long as it has NO capability of printing in COLOR. NO other BRANDS will work.

Why has some toner wiped off or smudged on the decal paper BEFORE Firing?

Some of the newer printers are super energy efficient and may not get hot enough to seal the image to the decal paper. Changing the “paper type” setting in the printer menu to “HEAVY Paper” will slow down the printing process and seal the toner into the decal paper securely. Use a roller (brayer) over a paper towel to remove the water and bubbles (no squeegees).

Why has my image disappeared COMPLETELY after firing?

Make sure that you are using an HP or Canon BLACK -Only Laser printer or copier to print your image. Use a fresh toner cartridge if your results fade over time. Only use authentic HP toners, no substitutes. Make sure to use only Fired-On Laser Decal Paper.

Why is my image very faint or faded AFTER firing?

Decal firing temperature is too hot. Try again at a lower firing temperature.

Why has my image wiped off or smudged AFTER firing?

Decal firing temperature too low, try again at a higher temperature.

Can my image be in color?

All images fire to a lovely sepia brown. The sepia color will change slightly depending on the color underneath the images. Color can also be added while glazing or after the decal firing in additional firings. Instructions for adding color are included in the instructions.

Will my glaze work with Fired-On Images Decals?

For best results use a NON-Moving glaze with an ON-Glaze application. Decal firing temp is dependent on the glaze/clay used. A comprehensive Firing Temp Chart is included with instructions. If your glaze looks weird or bubbly after the decal firing, then it is not compatible with a 2nd firing.

Can I use store-bought glazed ware?

Yes! For best results look for a microwave and dishwasher safe label printed on the bottom.

Resources for Jewellery Making and Glass Fusing

Resources

If you’re looking for great resources on jewellery making and glass fusing, then this the place for you.  We’re going to create some great resources. Things like reference materials, discussions on techniques and tools, product reviews, project tutorials, videos and much more. So please, try to come back often and we will have something new for you to review. Continue reading Resources for Jewellery Making and Glass Fusing

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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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