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Surface Tension

All liquids have surface tension – the attraction between molecules that, on the surface of a liquid, causes the liquid to behave as if it had a thin skin.  Surface tension, for example, is why »

Kiln-Pressed Glass

Kiln-Pressed Glass

If you are looking for a technique that is unlike anything you've seen before - and that produces work that is equally original - this tutorial is for you. For this tutorial, you'll need an extra kiln shelf and a sense of adventure. Curious? »

Coldwork and Slump

With the bowl “blank” fired, the last steps are to clean it up and slump it.  At this stage you have several options (which can be used in combination): »

Final Design Setup

As you did with the first pass, re-arrange the bars and fuse them back into a slab.  This time, though, you can add some visual interest to the piece by including a small window.   Here’s a ph »

Cut, Fuse, Repeat (Part 2)

Already, the glass has lost much of the “scrappy” look: »

Cut, Fuse, Repeat (Part 1)

You should now have a 10 inch square slab of glass that is about 3/8 inch thick.  Being careful not to cut yourself on what may be sharp edges, take the slab to your tile saw and cut it into 3/8 i »

The First Fusing

To prepare for the first fusing, break up the scrap glass into pieces that are no more than about 3 wide.  As always with fused glass, clean the pieces well to avoid devitrification (surface crud) »

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own similar bowl: Supplies & Materials »

Scrap Glass Project

Scrap Glass Project

This step-by-step Tutorial will show you how to make a thick, gorgeous bowl using only small pieces of scrap glass. We wrote this article for Glass Craftsman magazine where it originally appeared. All you'll need is a kiln (or course!), some scrap glass and a tile saw. »

Step 6: Your Finished Bowl

After your glass has been fired and cooled to room temperature, remove the glass from the kiln and clean off the fiber paper.  This may require some scrubbing with a stiff brush and water – but »

Step 5: Firing Your Fossil Vitra

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Step 4: Assemble for Firing

You now have your fiber paper (marked for leaf placement) and your powder-coated leaves.  All that is left to do is assemble the pieces and fire the project.   »

Step 3: Powder-Coating the Leaves

Place one of your leaves (or branches) onto a sheet of paper towel, newsprint, or other paper.  The plant should lay relatively flat.  Spray it with a moderate coating of hairspray.  The leaves »

Step 2: Leaf and Fiber Preparation

To get ready to create your piece, do the following: »

Step 1: What You’ll Need

The materials required for Fossil Vitra will be readily available in most kilnformed glass studios.  A broad palette of colored powders is extremely useful here so we’ll be using Bullseye compat »

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