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The Accidental Fuser

LEGO

LEGO

01. Test Time Before making an entire plate, I wanted to do a little test first. Based on the diameter of the glass rods that'll be used to create the short cylinders on every "brick", I decided on a size for the rectangles. These are just some colors I had laying...

Encoded

Encoded

01. Some Planning Needed This long platter is going to have 262 strips of glass in it, in four colors, in a complicated pattern. A diagram to help guide the placement comes in super handy.02. Layout Almost Complete Once the first handful of rows are laid down, the...

Petite Bubbles

Petite Bubbles

01. Ready to Tack Fuse I'd like to say that I purposely skipped the photographs to get these petite projects to this stage, but I forgot! But, in my defense, this larger project here has all of the exact same steps, just bigger. But to recap, the blue chunks of glass...

Chip and Dip

Chip and Dip

01. Lots of Color With the holidays coming, I thought it was time to get festive. I'm using Bullseye's Confetti (super thin pieces of glass) on top of a 15.5" circle of clear glass.02. Powdery Here I've added clear frit powder to help minimize bubbles when I cap it...

Strips of Midnight

Strips of Midnight

01. Strips Cut and Arranged Like the other streaky glass projects I've done (one in forest green, the other in cranberry), I've cut 8 x 1/4" strips and arranged them in a pattern that I found eye-catching. If you look closely, you can see that I've numbered them with...

Honeycomb

Honeycomb

01. 159 Pieces of Glass In this strip-cut or on-edge project I'm using four colors: Cream, Lemon Lime, Dark Amber Tint, and Light Aquamarine.02. The Diagram I drew some guidelines for the different colors and where they'll go directly on the ThinFire shelf paper. I've...

Many Lines Makes A Plate

Many Lines Makes A Plate

01. Stringers and Clear Glass Because I've detailed the process of assembling stringers for other projects (a bowl with 2mm stringers and a bowl with .5mm stringers), I'm going to skip that part. Plus I forgot to photograph the assembly! But to summarize, I started...

Red Sizzle

Red Sizzle

01. All Cut and Put Together For this platter, I've chosen a variation on a theme. Black glass forms the base (7x14"), topped with the same size of clear glass, and then a single strip of dichroic glass that changes color from red to yellow.02. Ready to Fuse Placed on...

Holiday Baubles

Holiday Baubles

 01. All Assembled There's a lot going on here because I forgot to take pictures of the earlier stages. The entire layout is done on a clear piece of glass (5x14") that is resting on the small bricks (which makes it easier to pick up later). On top of that rectangular...

A Tale of Two Platters

A Tale of Two Platters

01. An Idea and A Commission Taking a previous sushi set as inspiration, a friend of ours wanted to have a platter in a similar vein. The first thing we did was agree on a size: 14.5" x 7".02. Which Blue? Rather than use the dichroic glass strip in the sushi plates,...

Isometric Cubes

Isometric Cubes

01. Cutting Pieces Firstly, an isometric cube is not an easy thing to draw. Suffice it to say that there are square roots and 30 degree angles involved. Hence the straight edge and a right triangle for the cutting. I simply cut strips of the various colors, then used...

Iridescent Rainbows

Iridescent Rainbows

01. What, No Photo? It's true. I forgot to take a picture of the glass before I started cutting it, or even while I was assembling. You'll have to take my word for it that the 3mm sheets had beautiful rainbow iridescent sheens to them. I used three colors, i.e., the...

Pastels

Pastels

01. All About Circles This project is all about circles, in various shapes. It only makes sense to use a circle cutter.02. Five Glasses The opalescent glasses at left (Driftwood Gray 000132-0030, Light Peach Cream 000034-0030, and White 000113-0030) will form the...

Patterned Wine Bottles

Patterned Wine Bottles

01. Ooh Shiny Encouraged by the success of the first up-cycled wine bottle, I decided to get a little fancier. I purchased a mica powder assortment from Delphi Glass, along with two more ceramic bottle molds. You can see a close-up of the powder below. I filled that...

Bubble Coasters

Bubble Coasters

01. Bubble Sandwich Because I've already shown how the 2mm stringer is tack fused and then cut to form the two sides of the this bubble sandwich, I thought I'd just jump right to the final fusing. These smaller bubble projects are intended as coasters and measure...

Up-Cycled Wine Bottle

Up-Cycled Wine Bottle

01. Ready to Slump It's strange to be typing "Ready to Slump" when I haven't cut any glass! But I've jumped on the up-cycling bandwagon with my first attempt to turn a wine bottle into a snack tray. (The pink drips are primer that splashed over the side. Without...

Strips of Cranberry

Strips of Cranberry

01. Cut the Strips This project started with a Bullseye 3mm thick Streaky sheet of glass (002310) composed of a mix of Cranberry Pink transparent and White opalescent. I started by cutting an 8x8" square, then cutting that into 1/4" strips. 02. Create a Pattern I...

Streak of Red

Streak of Red

01. The Coldworking Room Several months ago, this piece began life in a class at Bullseye Glass in Pasadena. Using two different projects, we learned to use every piece of coldworking (grinding or cutting glass while keeping it cool with water) equipment in this...