Most glass artists are familiar with fusing on molds to give glass texture, and with kiln carving to give glass a pattern. But, did you know you can combine the two? It’s easier than you think. This tutorial shows this technique using bottle glass, but it works just the same for flat glass. (more flat glass examples at the end of the tutorial).
Start with a mold, we’re using a Man in the Moon bottle bottom mold, and a Rocket bottle bottom mold.
Both of the molds are kiln washed. I’ve cut out small stars and a tiny moon from 1/32″ fiber paper.
Now add bottle bottoms.
And fire to a full fuse using the Full Fuse for 1/4″ glass schedule.
Just for fun I decided to add some metallic mica to the designs. For the mica to stick, you need to give the glass some texture, which I’m going to do with etching cream.
Follow the instructions on the bottle, it’s pretty easy. I’ve painted the cream on the raised design, as well as the kiln carved part.
After the pieces are etched and washed, I’m going to paint gold and silver mica onto the etched areas.
Now fire them again using the Slump firing schedule. After firing, some of the mica will wash off. Using mica this way gives you more of a watercolor wash effect rather than a painted effect.
The same technique can be used with flat glass by stacking pieces of fiber paper on a wide shallow mold and fusing directly on the mold.
Kiln Carving with Bottle Glass