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  • #10011
    tamijsmith
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    I am parent volunteer helping our high school art teacher organize a fused glass project for her students. I’m trying to figure out a simple but cool small plate or bowl. Any ideas on the project, or, what really has me stuck is how much of what kind of glass to purchase.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Tami

    #13041
    chookie
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    The students can learn to cut, handle and clean glass, how colour values effect each other,make their own glass cabochons and patterned glass to use in their overall design.

    By making small squares and fusing them into cabochons, they can use then in making their own patterned glass. Cut they into rectangles and the finished shape will look like a lozenge.

    To make the patterned glass, take a 2mm thick piece of clear or opal and glass tak on the cabochons and stringers, confetti and then tack fuse.

    A shallow dish is a great practical idea. Students choose a square of Bullseye COE 90 glass in their preferred colour for the base of their design and then cut the patterned glass they made previously to decorate the entire piece or around the sides. They can add more design with frits and stringers and cabochons at this stage. Once they have finished, put the designed piece ontop of a clear base piece of glass and then tack fuse.

    Once tack fused, they can leave them as a coaster or slump them into a mould on another firing.

    Hope this makes sense!

    #13042
    wordana
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    Kiln carving with fiber paper might be a nice idea. You’re cutting out a design from the “paper” (1/8″ material — more like felt), place the glass on top, and then fuse.

    A friend of mine does this with recycled glass, which is a nice idea (especially for students), but it would also require the use of a tile saw. Using fusible sheet glass would be easier.

    Check out the Bullseye web site for a tip sheet on kiln-carving:

    http://www.bullseyeglass.com/methods-ideas/tipsheet-1-kilncarving.html

    My friend’s web site is:¬†http://glasswithapast.com/ She posts patterns regularly.

    Also, if you “goggle” kiln carving and look at images, there are lots of examples.

    The finished piece could be hung as a suncatcher (you could make a channel out of fiber paper when fusing), or placed in a simple wooden-block tile stand (http://www.aftosa.com/tile-stand-for-4-1-4-tile/)

    Have fun!

    Dana W.

    Jester’s Baubles Fused Glass Designs

    http://www.jestersbaubles.com

    #13043
    tamijsmith
    Participant

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Tami

    #13044
    chookie
    Participant

    You’re welcome, hope you all have fun, that’s what it’s all about¬†Wink

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