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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 around.

First Test
02.

Ready to Tack Fuse

After taking the rectangles to a full fuse, I nipped some glass rods to create the short cylinders. Here they’re on the fully fused base ready for a tack fuse.

Test Loaded in Kiln
03.

Test Complete

A few pairs of earrings snuck onto the shelf and the LEGO test is complete. The rectangles are a good size given the diameter of the glass rods. The tack fuse has left the cylinders a bit irregular. The rectangles and cylinders aren’t even all matching colors, but the principle is proved.

Test Complete
 04.

Start Assembling

I’ve carefully chosen these colors, trying to stay as close to LEGO colors as possible, while still using glass that is food safe, and glass that is also available in both 3mm sheets and rods.

Start Assembling
05.

All the Bricks in Place

The final design of the bricks is done. Below the rectangles is a single layer of solid white glass.

All The Bricks in Place
06.

Ready to Fuse

The plate is on a primed kiln shelf and ready for a full fuse. Below is the result.

Into the Kiln
Fully Fused
07.

Little Cylinders

The matching glass rods have been nipped into small sections and glued onto the rectangles. You can also see that I’ve cold-worked the edges of the base piece to make them rounded and even (using a lapidary grinder).

Little Cylinders
08.

Ready to Tack Fuse

It’s time to tack fuse the piece so that the little cylinders melt just a bit and fuse with the rectangles below, while still retaining a cylinder shape. Below is the finished tack fuse.

Ready to Tack Fuse
Tacked
09.

Let’s Make a Plate

But what good is a big tile of LEGO? Let’s make a nicely slumped and contoured plate. See the results below.

Slumped
Results

Final Result

People who have seen this piece in progress have immediately guessed what it was–and that’s all I can hope to have achieved. Pretty chuffed.

Done

Close-up One

Couldn’t resist a close-up.

Edge Close-up
Always With the Grapes

TACK FUSING SCHEDULE (RUN TIME 9.39 HRS, 14.9 kWH)*

SEGMENT RATE (deg F / hour) TEMPERATURE (F) HOLD (hours:minutes)
1 250 1325 :20
2 AFAP 900 1:30
3 100 700 OFF

FULL FUSING SCHEDULE (RUN TIME 6:53, 13.0 kWH)*

SEGMENT RATE (deg F / hour) TEMPERATURE (F) HOLD (hours:minutes)
1 600 1000 0
2 600 1490 :10
3 AFAP 900 1:00
4 100 700 OFF

SLUMP FUSING SCHEDULE (RUN TIME 9:31, 14.6 kWH)*

SEGMENT RATE (deg F / hour) TEMPERATURE (F) HOLD (hours:minutes)
1 250 1225 :45
2 AFAP 900 1:30
3 100 700 OFF

* The firing schedules may be designed for other projects that were fired with this one. Everything was fired in a Paragon GL-22AD.