Archive for Fusing

Lentil Bead Earrings

Kiln formed bead earrings

Wondering what else you can do with the new spiffy Lentil Bead Molds?  Well, here’s a fancy and amazingly easy earring design that looks modern and unusual.

Materials:

Snap Rings for jewelry

Snap Rings and Tools

Assortment of Internal Snap Rings (these are useful for all kinds of jewelry)

Round nose pliers (or snap ring spreaders if you have them)

Needle nose pliers

wire cutters
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Fusing with Thick Tempered Glass

Fused painted tempered glass

As you may have noticed, I do a lot of projects around here. It’s become a habit to photograph each step. What isn’t usual is for me to post projects that I’m only ambivalent about. However, a wise lady told me it was useful to her to read about what DOESN’T work as well as what does, so here goes. This is a project that the technique ‘worked’, but I wasn’t super happy with the outcome, it’s just…okay.  I’m putting it out here in case someone else has a great idea that needs just this technique.

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Triangle Beads with Mica

fused recycled glass beads

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more variations on the triangle bead, here comes a new tutorial!  (Actually, there are a few MORE variations you haven’t thought of yet.  We’ll get there.)

This version is a bit more complicated than the painted triangle beads.  We’ll be using mica to give our recycled glass beads a bit of shine.

Materials:

Piece of thin sheet glass, float glass or evenly flattened bottle glass work great

polishing grit, I’m using a 180/220 mix

water

small piece of glass to create friction with

mica powders and medium (I’m using copper, gold and silver with liquid hairspray)

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April 2015 Free Kiln Carving Pattern

fused bottle glass starfish

Like most people who live in snowy climates, spring always makes me think of the beach with longing.  Since I actually live in a landlocked state, it’s not like I can just run down to the beach for the afternoon.  I can, however, make a fancy starfish dish with a nifty free kiln carving pattern.

Step 1.

Download the pattern from the online store.  No credit card is necessary, simply add to cart, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a download link after check out.  There are a few other free patterns there that you may want to check out if you haven’t already. Read more

Painted Triangle Beads

striped triangle beads

Once you’ve mastered the basic kiln formed triangle bead, you can move on to more advanced beads. For instance, adding painted stripes to your triangle glass beads is a quick way to add color and fun to jewelry designs. Read more

March Kiln Carving Pattern

kiln carving with bottles

Well, we’ve been doing kiln carving patterns together for a long time now, I thought it might be fun to switch it up and make a pattern that is a slightly different shape and can be used in many different ways.

Step 1 – Download the pattern

Download the pattern from the online store. No credit card is required, simply enter your information, proceed to checkout and you’ll get a link for a downloadable file.
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Q & A Monday – 3/16/15

Bottles before the fusing starts

Hello there, it’s been a while since we’ve had a Q & A Monday.  Today I’m answering reader questions and sharing both the question and the answers with you.  I’ve removed personal details for privacy reasons.  Ready?  Grab some coffee and let’s get started! Read more

Triangle Bead Molds

fused triangle glass bead mold

Triangle bead molds are now available in the online shop.  These clever molds are double sided, giving you two kiln formed bead making options in one mold.  One side makes triangle shaped beads, the other makes rounded tube beads. Read more

Mixing Bottle Glass for Fusing

fused mixed bottle glass

The most frequent question that I get is “Can I fuse different kinds of bottles together?  I saw someone else doing it and it seems to work.” followed by “My fused bottle projects are breaking in the kiln or later, how do I fix that?”  See the pattern?  So, I thought I’d show you what is happening IN the glass when you fuse different bottles together. Read more

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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