Finishing (?) Fused Glass

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    I have only been working with fused glass for a year.  I keep reading or seeing polishers or some other such tools like grinders, sanders, sand blasters, etc. are needed to “finish” the piece.  (I’m not 100% sure of the terminology.)  I don’t understand this step.  Is it optional?  Is it a must?  What is the goal of using these tools?  Most of the tools I’ve seen in the pictures or catalogs are very, very cost prohibited for me.  What are the options if it’s a must.


    These tools are used to do what is commonly called coldworking. They can be used to even out and then polish the edges of a piece, flatten the bottom so it sits evenly, remove slight imperfections, add texture…Basically give your piece a more professional and finished look.

    There are a couple of books on coldworking “The Joy of Coldworking” ( and Coldworking without Machines ( The latter book provides ideas on how to achieve a nice finish with less expensive tools/methods.

    Dana W.

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