Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fused Glass: First Piece

My first piece of fused glass used some gorgeous colors and textured clear glass.
I used some techniques - cutting and breaking glass, using glass nippers to create the uneven edge, breaking the colored strings into little pieces.
The piece above is the flat plate, before it was fused in the kiln. It's hard to see, but the texture of the clear glass is very pronounced. The colors on the blue and green glass strings are hard to see.
Here is piece after it was fused and then slumped into the shape of the mold. I think it looks like an ashtray, but I guess it's considered a small dish that can be used for candy, jewelry or the like. The colors are more vibrant and the texture of the clear glass is less visible. I'm pleased with how it came out!


Bonnie B. says said...

Hi, Daniela. Could you use beach glass in a composition?

DannyB said...

Hi Bonnie. The best answer is "maybe". Glass has different COE (Coefficient of expansion) so fusing glass uses a higher temp than say, stained glass, or slumping. I use glass with a COE of 96, whereas stained glass is around 84-87. The different COE's require different heat and have different expansion rates. The rule is NOT to mix COE's. If the sea glass had the same expansion rate, it could work. But, if it didn't it could shatter, crack, or worse. I think beach glass could be adhered to a piece with solder or glue.