Archive for Window glass

Fused Butterfly Pendant Tutorial

Fused glass butterfly pendant

This tutorial builds on the previous post about Fusing with Plaster Forms.  We’ll be using one of the Plaster of Paris butterflies that we made last time.


2 pieces of thin clear window or bottle glass

Plaster of Paris butterfly

1.25″ of 20 gauge Nichrome wire

Round Nose pliers

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Making Glue Chip Glass


Some time ago I was given a stack of glue chipped float glass.  I found it was good for all sorts of things, but, inevitably, I ran out.  After some investigation online (and offline), I found several methods of making my own glue chip glass.

I will say here that I am not after a perfectly predictable pattern of chips, and this method is probably a bit slap dash, but it works well for me, so I thought it may work well for you. Read more

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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Lentil Bead Molds

kiln formed bead molds

Materials needed:

Lentil Bead Mold (any size, or ALL the sizes for extra fun)

Kiln Wash

Glass frit

Step 1.  Prepare the mandrels.

Each bead kit ships with a dozen mandrels and a tube of bead release, so you’re all set to go when your kit arrives. Read more

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.


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

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


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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Bottle Frit and Float Glass Stress Test

float and frit compatibility test

Last month we looked at fusing mixed bottle glass and the internal stress that it causes in the glass due to incompatibility.  The post was very popular, and I received a number of requests both to explain how to stress test your own glass, and if I could test a bottle glass frit fused on float glass combination.  Both are great ideas, so I combined them in what will hopefully be a helpful guide.

Testing for Incompatibility

Setting up the fusing test

Start with the glass that will be tested, we’re using four pieces of float glass and bottle frit in 3 sizes.
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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

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

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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Fused Painted Hummingbird

fused and painted recycled glass hummingbird

For our third project using the February Free Kiln Carving pattern, we’re going to create a painted hummingbird dish using our kiln carving stencil as a pattern.  If you haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, you should probably start by doing that. Read more