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Fossil Vitra

Fossil Vitra

What do you get when you apply powders to real plants and then let the greenery burn away in the kiln? This technique first appeared in a Glass Craftsman magazine tutorial by Paul Tarlow and remains a favorite among FusedGlass.Org visitors. »

Step 6: Clean Up and Done!

Notice that even though the bamboo burns away, the bead release has enough strength to hold open the hole. When you touch the fired bead release it will crumble away. »

Step 5: The Second Bend (and Final Firing)

Before we make the second bend, we need to put something under the fold to hold open the channel for our chain or cord. »

Step 4: The First Bend

Here's the setup for slumping the first bend: »

Step 3: Understanding the Double Slump

Now for the tricky (but not difficult) part: folding the top of the glass over to make a channel for the cord or chain - without using a torch or reaching into the kiln while it is hot. »

Step 2: Pendant Strips

The next step is to cut some strips of glass for the bodies of our pendants. The for the pendants shown here each strip is about two inches long. »

Step 1: Focal Beads

The first step for making our fold-over pendants is to create the "focal beads". Focal beads aren't necessary but they are a simple way to make a very attractive pendant. »

Fold-Over Pendant Tutorial

Fold-Over Pendant Tutorial

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make pendants that don't need jewelry findings or drilled holes in order to hang them on a chain or cord. This project works great in any sized kiln - including a small "hot-box" style kiln. »

What to Remember from this Tutorial

Here's a summary of the most important points from this tutorial: »

How to Reduce the Chance of Thermal Shock in the Kiln

There are a number of things we can do to ensure more even heating – and lower chance of breaking – of glass in a kiln. Here are some of the easiest and most effective methods. »

Understanding when Your Glass is at Increased Risk

Some glass is more likely to thermal shock than others: »

A Quick Look at Heat in the Kiln

Heating elements do not create small amounts of heat by trickling the electricity through to create a small amount of heat. »

Why Glass Thermal Shocks so Easily

Glass tends to: »

What is Thermal Shock?

Most glass artists know that glass that breaks due to rapid, uneven temperature change is said to have suffered thermal shock. Why this happens may not be obvious. »

Understand and Avoid Thermal Shock

Understand and Avoid Thermal Shock

Few things can be as disheartening as the site of a project in pieces on the kiln shelf. There are a number of strategies for avoiding this common problem. This tutorial shows you some of the most effective strategies for avoiding thermal shock. »

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