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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 8×8″ square, then cutting that into 1/4″ strips.¬†

Strips of Cranberry
02.

Create a Pattern

I experimented with different ways of laying out the strips, flipping them front to back (the back of the sheet has a different pattern), side to side, and putting them in a different order. I’ve numbered each one so that I can always put them back into the original order and keep track of them as I’m messing around.

Arrange the Strips
 03.

Cap It with Clear

Once I decided on the how I wanted the strips arranged, I laid them out on a kiln shelf lined with ThinFire shelf paper. I then cut an 8×8″ piece of 3mm clear glass and placed it on top. Not only will this make the piece the required 6mm thickness, it will also make it food safe (since clear is food safe and the side that could be in contact with food). But the best part of the clear top is that it will also give the design some depth.

Assemble on Shelf
04.

Ready to Fuse

In the back on the left is the cranberry piece ready to fuse.

Ready to Fuse
05.

Ready to Slump

So soon? Yes, as usual, I forgot to take a picture of the fused piece before I put it back in the kiln to slump it. Here it is on the mold (Square Slumper 8635).

Ready to Slump
06.

Slumped

The piece has successfully slumped into the mold, and it’s done!

Slumped
 Results

Final Result

I had originally bought this glass thinking that I’d use it in stained glass projects. But now that fusing has taken over my life, I decided to melt it instead. I like the lighter pink streak down the middle of this plate (8x8x1.5″), and the way it’s broken up by the strips. I’ll definitely be fusing more of this glass.

Final Result

Close-up

The milkiness of the streaks gives this piece a soft look .

Close-up
Always With the Grapes

FULL FUSING SCHEDULE (RUN TIME 9:28, 14.8 kWh)*

SEGMENT RATE (deg F / hour) TEMPERATURE (F) HOLD (hours:minutes)
1 250 500 :20
2 250 1000 0
3 AFAP 1450 :30
4 AFAP 900 1:00
5 100 700 OFF

SLUMP FUSING SCHEDULE (RUN TIME 10:58, 18.4 kWh)*

SEGMENT RATE (deg F / hour) TEMPERATURE (F) HOLD (hours:minutes)
1 300 1200 :30
2 300 1225 3:00
3 AFAP 900 1:00
4 100 700 OFF

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