I cut sheet glass with hand tools or an electric saw. Layers are added as details or decorations and the stacked glass is transferred to the kiln and fired to melt the glass together. I often create custom glass sheets to use in my designs by combining different elements into a single sheet. These elements include ground glass (frit), very thin broken glass (confetti), and thin rods of glass (stringers), as well as metal leaf and foil.
When a piece has been fused, it is a single, flat piece of glass. I usually fuse at a temperature that leaves the surface smooth, but with some amount of texture. The full fuse creates a finished piece that can be hung on a wall, or displayed in a stand.
To shape the fused glass piece, it is placed in the kiln on a prepared ceramic (or other material) mold of the proper size and shape. It is fired at a lower temperature that allows the glass to become soft and a bit stretchy. This allows the glass to relax into, over, or through the mold to create plates, lamps, and vases.
To see the equipment necessary for the fusing/slumping process, please visit my Glass Studio page.
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