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The Accidental Fuser

Owls

Owls

01. Owls After the success of the eyeglasses decal, I wanted to try a denser design, but didn't have a photo that I wanted to use. I'm also interested to see if the decal will have enough contrast against a darker color, hence the Robin's Egg Blue (Bullseye...

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

01. Decals Printed & Cut After the success of larger designs like the owls and eyeglasses plates, I thought I'd see if the decals would hold up to some finer printing. I chose portions of the score for Handel's Messiah (the soprano, alto, tenor, and bass...

Strips of Forest

Strips of Forest

01. Curiouser This project started life as what Bullseye Glass calls a "Curious sheet" made up of multiple colors. In this case, it's a single sheet of 3mm thick glass made from White, Deep Forest Green, and Caramel. The result is a streaky mix that could make a nice...

Stringer Jewelry

Stringer Jewelry

01. Assorted Stringer After creating a few projects from a tube of assorted opalescent stringer, I thought I'd use it for jewelry.02. Summer Colors I'm laying out the stringer on top of 3mm white glass and covering it with 3mm clear glass to make a stringer sandwich...

Antique Map Bracelets

Antique Map Bracelets

01. Fun with Decals I don't have a photo of the decal sheet that I bought so I'm substituting the image from Milestone Decals. I've always liked antique maps and compass roses. The decals came on a single sheet and I cut them out with scissors and applied them to...

Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses

01. Glasses for Glass Some designs are just too intricate to create completely with glass. For this piece, I wanted glasses--lots of glasses. So I'm using a fusible decal. It's backed with white paper and was printed on our Brother laser printer. However I didn't use...

Diamonds

Diamonds

01. Leftover Glass I'd been wanting to try a diamond grid pattern piece for some time. I decided to use the glass that was left over from the stained glass window project.02. Playing with Colors The layout of the colors is random, just what appealed to my eye. I try...

The Blues

The Blues

01. Three Layers With a layer of clear Tekta on the bottom and top, the middle layer is made of up blue glasses that I originally used for the stained glass window (Light Sky Blue, Steel Blue, Aqua Blue, and Light Turquoise Blue).  All the pieces are purposely cut to...

Cherry Blossom Bowl

Cherry Blossom Bowl

01. Three Circles No sooner had I finished a test with Ruth's enamel kit, I knew I wanted to create a big bowl, which I've never done before. The first thing I did was cut the circles that would become the three layers of the bowl. I used Bullseye Glass, all 2mm...

Bubble Plate Green

Bubble Plate Green

01. Stringers and Spacers In this photo, I've already cut the clear Tekta glass for the plates (3mm thick, 10 x 8 inches). There are also a couple of small coasters I'll be doing off to their left. The plates and coasters are sitting on a set of four small ceramic dam...

Bubble Plate Red

Bubble Plate Red

01. Stringers and Spacers I've already cut the clear Tekta glass (3mm thick, 10 x 8 inches). It's sitting on a set of four small ceramic dam pieces, elevating it from my gray cutting mat just to make it easier to pick up later.  For the green lines I used Spring Green...

Cherry Blossom Coasters

Cherry Blossom Coasters

01. Three Colors of Glass I know it's hard to see the clear glass squares at far right, but you'll have to take my word for it that they're there. In order to make two coasters, I cut two 3.5 x 3.5 inch squares of the following Bullseye Glass, all 2mm thick: Clear...

Pendants

Pendants

01. Pattern Bar This tiny pattern bar is my first attempt at faux murrine. I used 3mm thick, 1/4" wide strips of French Vanilla sheet glass surrounding Turquoise Blue 2mm stringer. I've dammed it and put ceramic fiber paper between glass and dam. Below you can see the...

2mm Stringer Bowl

2mm Stringer Bowl

01. Choose the Stringer Unlike the .5mm Stringer Bowl, I decided to use transparent stringer selected from a tube of assorted colors.02. Cut a Circle Using the Bohle Silberschnitt circle cutter, I cut an 8 inch circle from transparent Tekta glass, aiming for...

Keyboard

Keyboard

01. Diagram and All the Glass I drew this project in Illustrator first. I knew the dimensions of my slumping mold but then wanted to make sure that at least an octave of keys would fit. I also wanted to leave a small gap between the strips of white glass that would be...

Pendants and Earrings

Pendants and Earrings

01. Spare Shelf Space As an experiment--and after seeing YouTube videos of fused glass jewelry--I cut some small squares of Tekta clear glass and put little strips of dichroic glass  (Bullseye SizzleStix) underneath them. I'll show the results of the fuse further down...

Amber and Vanilla Platter

Amber and Vanilla Platter

01. Long and Short Strips Like the other strip cut projects I've done, it's important to cut the pieces precisely in order to achieve the end effect. Here are all of the Dark Amber Tint and French Vanilla pieces. You can see the scrap just off the cutting mat to the...

Enamel Tests

Enamel Tests

01. The Story Begins in the 60s Ruth, the mother of a friend of ours, created enamels in the 1960s. When she died some years ago,  she still had this wonderfully preserved kit. When I started working with glass again in 2018, her daughter brought this box of treasures...