Hey guys, I made some things out of fused glass.
A photo doesn’t really show off how shiny they are, so I’ll just say that they’re very shiny.
There’s a bit of trial and error involved – some glass changes colors when cooked, and some colors melt more than others, so you don’t always get what you expect. And cutting glass is tricky, if you do it wrong you can’t fix it.
The blue one turned out super smooth, some of the others less so. They’re supposed to be coasters but they may be a bit slippery and wobbly for that.
As my hobby turned into a grindy job, I’m looking for other creative things to do.
So I’ve signed up for all the arts and crafts workshops – more stuff to come later.
As an professional fused glass artist (as far as I know one of only ones on here) I will offer up some of my knowledge/terminology and some tips.
1. In kiln formed glass we use the term fired instead of cooked. it is the same with pretty much any medium that involves a kiln as far as I know.
2. glass that changes colors when heated is called a striker. The reason behind having a striker is that some colors are more sensitive to heat work (typically your reds and pinks/gold bearing glass). In the process of making these colors the manufacturer does as little heat work as possible to these colors so that the artist can fire it more times in there studio. Some of these colors actually are completely clear before you fire it for the first time.
3. The reason the blue one is smoother than the others has to do with the viscosity of the glass. different colors will flow/move at different rates. Fixing this is really simple, just increase the hold time at the top temperature.
4. When cutting glass it is useful to have your cutting wheel oiled (not necessary to getting good cuts though.)
5. Always make sure your cutter is straight up and down. you do not want it at an angle, it will give you jagged edges.
6. Dont apply too much pressure. 8lbs of pressure is all you need. If you hear the glass crackle and popping after you make your score line you pressed too hard. It should sound like a zipping noise.
7. this is one i find most people do wrong (mostly stained glass is at fault for this) NEVER TAP ON THE GLASS TO BREAK IT. it created little micro fractures in the glass and more importantly jagged edges. pretty mush the only tools i use are grozing pliers, running pliers, and the cutter.
8. try putting the clear layer on top. it will give you cleaner lines. the top layer flows more, the bottom layer pretty much stays as is. (you did put clear on top so good job)
Hope some of that was helpful.
I'm a bit surprised about not tapping the glass to break it though, that's what we were taught to do.
I've got another project in the works, but I don't know if I'll come back to fused glass after that.
Your stuff is gorgeous btw!
yeah, tapping on the glass is actually pretty bad. I've been fortunate to learn from some of the best glass artist in the country who were able to steer me away from doing that. Hammering something really isn't the best way to break something if you want it to break cleanly.