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Adding Texture and Pattern to Float Glass

fused float glass vase

In your fused recycled glass travels, don’t overlook float glass. Sure, it might seem like large sheets of clear window glass couldn’t be more boring, but it’s really an incredibly versatile tool. Not only is it possible to get large pieces for big projects, you can add so many things to float glass. Today I’ll show you how to add color pattern and texture to float glass, you could also use your larger sheets of bottle glass. (this technique would work with art glass as well, just use 1/4″ thick glass and make sure you use art glass firing schedules.)
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Free Kiln Carving Pattern – February 2015

fused hummingbird pattern

After a month of hearts, I decided to go with something a little less holiday specific.  We have a lot of hummingbirds in Utah during the spring and summer, so we’ll work on a flock of those for the month of February.

Materials needed:

Free kiln carving pattern

razor knife

cut proof surface

pins

fiber paper

vintage plate (or other glass of your choice)

glass drill/dremel tool

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Bottle Glass Frit Ball Heart Pendants

Bottle Glass Frit Ball Pendant

Wondering what to do with all of the bottle glass frit balls we made a while back?  Not sure what to do for Valentine’s day?  Well, here you go.

These pendants remind me of a classic (in)famous Utah dish called Ambrosia Salad.  Essentially jello, cool whip and fruit cocktail all mixed together to make an opaque white-ish not actually food stuff with bits of un-naturally colored fruit floating in it. Read more

Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 3

Bottle glass windchime

Today we are making the bottle glass chimes for the flaming heart windchime that we’ve been working on the past couple weeks.  The pattern for the windchime is the free January Kiln Carving Pattern.  If you are just joining us, it would be good to read Fusing the Windchime top and Adding Color Frit at some point. Read more

Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 2

flaming heart windchime

Flaming Heart Windchime with color frit

This is part 2 of a multipart tutorial about making a flaming heart windchime from the free January Kiln Carving Pattern.  If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you can find it here.  Part 1 of this tutorial is also available.

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Flaming Heart Windchime – Part 1

rvshrtfiberToday we are going to make the second project of the month with our kiln carving pattern.  If you have already downloaded the pattern and used it for the suncatcher project, I hope you saved the cut out parts!  If not, no worries, just use the stencil and cut out another set.  (This is part 1 of a 2 part tutorial.)

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Bottle Glass Frit Balls

bottle glass frit balls

Cobalt Blue bottle glass frit balls.

Lately I’ve become enamored of working with frit balls.  I had no idea how fun and addictive these things are!  Maybe because they look like unnaturally colored caviar or tiny marbles, who knows, but they are pretty cool.  First though, you have to make them.
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January 2015 – Free Kiln Carving Pattern

heart kiln carving pattern

Flaming heart kiln carving pattern finished project.

Since Valentines day is just a hop, skip and a jump away, I thought we’d do a heart pattern for January.   Read more

Fused Wine Glass Angel

fused wine glass angel

Fused Wine Glass Angel

This project was born from a discussion with my friend Brenda during the Fusing with Bottle Glass class last October.  We were trying to figure out how to make an angel with a fused wine glass.  After a number of tries, here it is!

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October 2014 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

fused bottle glass geckoThe free pattern for October is this adorable little gecko, he’s perfectly sized for a 750 mL bottle.  You could also add a friend and use multiple geckos on a larger project. Read more

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