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Fusing a Martini Glass

Yesterday’s newsletter featured a tech tip about how to make sure your stemware will fuse flat, just in case you were in the mood to fuse a wine glass or martini glass.

An attentive reader (thanks Jeanne!) e-mailed me with questions, so I thought I would expand on the concept for all of you who aren’t subscribed to the newsletter.  Which you really should be…right over there in the right sidebar, it’s not painful, really.

Here we go:

I’m starting with two martini glasses, both purchased from the thrift store down the street.  This started out as an experiment to see if it was possible to melt a martini glass flat to use for other projects.

One of the martini glasses goes into the kiln whole.  The other one is marked and then cut.  By cutting off either side of the base, we can make sure the glass won’t roll when it fuses.

Matini Glass With a cut base before firing
Martini glass with a cut base before firing.

Here are the two glasses next to each other in the kiln.  (not actually close enough to get into the same shot…):

Two martini glasses before firing
Two Martini Glasses before firing

Fire with a regular firing schedule, and guess what you get?

Martini glasses post firing
Martini Glasses post firing.

One martini glass shaped piece, and one gloppy mess.  Here’s another shot on a higher contrast background:

Fused Martini Glass
Fused Martini Glass

I would like the base better if it weren’t quite so square, so we obviously have some refining to do.  I’ll revisit this project during “How to Fuse ALL the Things” month and do some actually complete projects with glassware.


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