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« on: January 26, 2010 06:38:49 PM »

I whipped this one up yesterday using Spectrum System 96 fusing glass.  It has a transparent Red base with numerous opaque squares stacked in the center.

It was fired to 1475 degrees and slumpe at 1250 degrees.  Measures about 10 inches square


...So...This is what insanity must be like, I thought.....and I could kind of see the appeal.
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010 06:45:18 PM »

That's awesome! How exactly do you do that? (Not that I'm going to be making anything that requires more than my knitting needles, sewing machine, and paint, considering I'm going to college next year--I'm just interested to know Tongue)

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010 07:15:56 PM »

Oh, how beautiful! I took a summer seminar on glass fusing and loved it but don't have the ability to do it. And never did anything that big... it is gorgeous!!! I love love love it!!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010 08:40:41 PM »

This is beautiful! The colors are great.
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010 06:22:59 PM »

Thanks for all of the compliments.. I appreciate it!

plumbucket:  It is really a very easy process.  It just requires a few special tools.  You use glass that is made for fusing.  Cut the pieces, stack them no top of each other.  Then you glue the pieces down so they don't move.

You have to have a kiln.  You slowly heat the glass up over several hours to 1425-1500 degrees to fuse all the pieces together.  The glass becomes molten and will form itself into one piece.  You slowly cool the glass to anneal it for durability.  Then you place it on a ceramic or stainless steel mold to slump it into the shape you want.  This piece is a tray and I have a ceramic tray mold.  You re-heat the glass in the kiln slowly over several hours to about 1250 degrees and then re-cool slowly over several hours to anneal again.  Each fire takes about 12-14 hours.   It is easy to prepare the glass.  The time to fuse, anneal and slump are what take so long.

...So...This is what insanity must be like, I thought.....and I could kind of see the appeal.
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