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Topic: Fused glass platter and plates - blue and white stripe  (Read 5870 times)
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« on: January 17, 2013 12:11:46 PM »

In the fall I took a 1 day workshop on fused glass. I decided to use the day as an opportunity to make a Christmas gift for my mom. I made her a set of white and blue plates. The top photo doesn't show it very well, but they were re-fired over a mold to give them a curved shape. I really enjoyed the process. I think my experience with stained glass really helped me because I was already comfortable with cutting glass.

Wish I had a kiln so I could do more of these!


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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2013 12:56:50 PM »

Lucky Mom! They're lovely  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013 01:44:00 PM »

Those plates look nice, I would love to learn how to work with glass. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2013 01:50:43 PM »

Very, very pretty! I love the balance of color against the white!

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013 02:11:38 PM »

These are so pretty! I love the swirls in the big stripes! Especially against the white. They just look super pretty and classy! Great job!!

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2013 03:42:13 PM »

Beautiful work!  Lucky mom.  Are they on a blue base?

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2013 06:47:44 PM »

These are beautiful! The soft curve of them makes such a pretty presentation. And yes, glass is addicting.  Smiley

« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2013 07:08:54 PM »

These are GORGEOUS!  I so wish I could get some in green!  You've done an amazing job!

« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2013 05:57:48 AM »

Thanks everyone!

One of the rules I learned about fused glass is that the piece has to be 1/4" thick or else it will "pull in" until it reaches that thickness, shrinking the overall dimensions of your piece. This also gives the corners the rounded look as opposed to the sharp angle you get when you cut the glass.

Each of these pieces is two pieces of glass thick. The stripes and swirled blue/white glass goes right through. The long platter has a double layer of white for the white panels, and the smaller plates have a blue layer under the white (we ran out of white - in hindsight I would have used a blue base on all 3, but I was originally just going to make the platter).

I was also going to make the thick stripe a solid blue, but then I found the pretty swirled glass.

The great thing about fused glass is it's pretty simple. All you do is cut the glass and arrange the pieces as desired - the kiln does the rest of the work. No glue, no tape/soldering, no nothing! I'm sure there's quite a lot of knowledge that goes into knowing how to set the right temperature in the kiln, but I didn't have to worry about that this time.

« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2013 05:10:49 PM »

Those are uber fantastic!  You have to get a kiln and make more.... Think of it as an investment in your mental health...  You deserve a kiln.... It will bring you countless hours of creativity and relaxation!  Do it!

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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2013 09:51:14 AM »

Those are lovely!

I have such a problem with my whites devitrifying, so I assume you had a layer of clear on top?

I love the cleanness of the lines too - some of my slumps pull from the corners. Which in itself isn't always bad, but it does mean some of my finished pieces have pointy corners and scalloped sides. Did you have to coldwork them to get the edges so neat?
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2013 03:38:48 PM »

I made these at a workshop so I wasn't actually there for the firing. I know the man who ran the course ended up grinding the edges to get them nice and straight.

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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2014 07:15:37 AM »

These are beautiful.  Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2014 10:17:46 AM »

So pretty! I love the color combo.

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