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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. Continue reading Making Glue Chip Glass

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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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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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Fractured Plate Tutorial

Finished Fracture Plate

Today’s tutorial satisfies almost all of my bullet points, glass, hammers, and hairspray.  Just kidding, I have higher standards than that, although this project does have all of those elements.  The great thing about this particular project is every single one is different, you could fill a whole market booth with variations of this project and it would look great! Continue reading Fractured Plate Tutorial

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Using Glass Powders with Texture Tiles

fired powder with recycled glass Once you’ve mastered the art of making your own texture tiles, you can bump things up by adding frits and powders to your design.  Armstrong Glass makes a line of float glass compatible frits and powders called Float Fire that work very well with recycled glass. Continue reading Using Glass Powders with Texture Tiles

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Fusing with Copper Sheet and Wire

Recycled glass with copper sheet     When you are fusing with recycled glass and metal, don’t forget that you can mix metals, both types of metal  and different forms of the same metal.  Here is a walk through of a recent project that I did using copper sheet and copper wire.  This is also a great example about how to use glass with hard water deposits.

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Recycled Glass Lattice Bowl – Tutorial

Fused Recycled glass Lattice Bowl

Fused Recycled Window Glass Lattice Bowl

This is the third in our series of tutorial using recycled window glass.  This is a slightly more complex project, but the results are well worth it!

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Plaster Elements in Fused Glass

Sea Turtle Tray with plaster elementsUsing plaster elements in fused glass is an easy way to add variety to your basic stock of molds and shapes.  The little plaster elements are made using a mold, and a mixture of pottery plaster and silica flour in a 1:1 ratio.  However, you can also achieve excellent results with basic plaster of paris. Continue reading Plaster Elements in Fused Glass

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Epic Kiln Carving

Every now and then I get a wild hair and decide to do something big and bold.  What better way to test my boundaries than with a gigantic kiln carving? This piece was created for the Nature of Sustainable Art show at Red Butte Garden that is up through the end of February.

Kiln carved cranes
Spoonbill cranes for kiln carved recycled glass panel.

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Kiln carving Pattern for December

Star Kiln carving Pattern
Kiln Carving Pattern for December

Here it is at long last, the first of the tutorials.  Thanks for waiting.  Really.  Thank you.

This star is approximately 6″ square, and can be used for a bunch of different things, you could bend it into a plate, drill holes for a hanging wire and put it in a window, cast it in a circle and put it on the Christmas Tree. If you want to slump it after kiln carving, use the suggested slumping schedule.

Wondering why my star is all yellow and funky?  I used low-E glass for this one.

So, here’s how it works: Continue reading Kiln carving Pattern for December