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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. Continue reading Coasters for Fay

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Fused Glass Clock for Jacob

Fused Glass Clock

My first attempt at a clock worked out fine, for a while at least. That is until the clock fractured through the hole I had drilled the hole for the movement. It was hanging on the wall in the studio at the time so you can guess what happened when it hit the concrete floor.

Time has come for another clock. This time as a gift for my grandson Jacob. Continue reading Fused Glass Clock for Jacob

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Square Bowl with Tack Fused Stripe Pattern

This fused glass project was a bit more of a task than I expected, but I do think it was all worth it. I can say that now it is completed, but cutting all those strips of Bullseye glass did make me dig deep looking for the patience to continue.

The basic idea was to create a clear bowl decorated with a very geometric pattern of stripes. I like geometric designs and texture so thought a tack fused strip design would do the trick.

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A Fused Glass Bowl ‘Kawasaki Dreaming’ – Part 2

Kawasaki Dreaming - Fused Glass Bowl

In Part 2 of this post I will be covering the slumping process to make the final fused glass bowl. You may remember, this is a 245mm square bowl with a Kawasaki theme. It is made from Bullseye 90 COE glass.

The final bowl turned out fantastic, as you will see.

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‘Flawed Physics’ – Fused Glass Bowl for Mykel

Flawed Physics Fused Glass Bowl

A little while back I told my son Mykel I was going to make him a bowl for his new apartment and asked what he would like. Well, if you knew my son you would not be surprised when he asked for a bowl with the entire number for Pi on it, and in a blue theme. Yes, the entire number.

As I am sure you are aware that number is considered to be infinite. I definitely couldn’t make a bowl big enough for that, but not to be beaten I accepted the challenge and did come up with a compromise.

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Rocket & Solar System Cheeseboard – ‘Dying of the Light’

Fused Glass Rocket Cheeseboard

Hey, what do you expect from Rocketman? OK, a cheeseboard is a bit of an anti-climax, but my rockets are in being serviced.

So, until I get my rockets back, I thought I would make a fused glass cheeseboard. Nothing too demanding, but just a little artistic. You could also use it as a small cutting board, a fruit platter and so on.

So here is how it came about.

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Making a Square Cheese Board, Sort Of

Cheese Board

Yes, I know, ‘sort of’ doesn’t sound too great but this simple project came out of the blue. It really wasn’t planned.

It came about when I looked at a 200mm squarish piece of 6 mm clear Bullseye glass and considered trying to cut it. My previous attempt at cutting 6mm glass didn’t exactly work – it cracked in the wrong place. I need a little practice on that one, so I was a little unsure about cutting it.

Anyway, inspiration hit and I could see a nice cheese board in the square, without cutting. Something simple in design I thought. So undaunted I dived in.

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Making Green Puddle Cabochons – Part 1 – The Puddle

Green Fused Glass Puddle

Time for a new fused glass puddle.

In our efforts to build up our stock of cabochons for our first craft market stall (I will post about this later), I decided to make some more striped puddle cabochons. Much like others I made some time ago, but with a green colour scheme.

A while ago I tried my first puddle cabochons, with mixed success. The puddle, though small, worked well, but I had a lot of devitrification when making the cabochons. A lot of time was spent grinding and cleaning off devitrification, reshaping the cabochons and fire polishing to get a better result. Some of those cabochons were reworked a few times before I was happy with the result.

It was a big learning experience but now I feel I have moved forward and have enough experience to get a much better and quicker result.

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Linear Reaction Plate by Bullseye Glass

In this video you will learn about the reactive properties of some Bullseye glass. This is something I first came across while making simple cabochons from scrap, and again later when using fine silver as an inclusion. The silver reacted with some glass and resulted in a black discolouration.

In future work I intend to take advantage of this reaction to create some specific cabochons I have in mind.

While this reactive nature of some glass can be unexpected and annoying, I really think it is a property that can be used in your designs.

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Dichroic Slab for Cabochons

Fused Glass Dichroic Slab

Believe it or not, up till now I have not made any dichroic cabochons. Yes, they are popular, but I really wanted to explore making cabochons with plain colours first. Getting glitz from dichroic seemed too easy so I waited for a while before giving it a go.

Anyway, finally I decided to make a dichroic slab to cut up into cabochons.

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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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Making Fused Glass Zebra Cabochons – Part 1

Black and white glass offcuts

Well, that’s what I like to call them. They are black and white fused glass cabochons with a sort of stripe appearance, so ‘Zebra’ seemed like a good idea.

These came out of me looking at a lot of black and white glass offcuts and wondering what I could do with them. Stacking them into individual cabochons was an obvious solution, but I was looking for something a little different.

If I could do a pot melt that would have been another idea, but I’m not so confident with that.

I decided on trying to achieve a random stripe, a little like zebras. The problem was, how do I achieve this result.

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