Pushing up Daisies–Using Rods

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    I want to come up with little daisy like flowers to use in my jewelry work and thought glass rods would be the way to go. Using my mosaic cutters I am nipping pieces off the rods and they positioning 6 "petals" and one center to be fused together. Problem is, it is very difficult to get all the little nips the same size. Has anyone done this and do you have any tips or maybe a differant way to go about this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I just need more patience.




    Perhaps  liquid stringer would give you more control? How big are the Jewlry pieces?



    With the liquid stringer I woudl need a base piece of glass and that is not the effect I am trying to get. I want the daisies to be just the flower to make earrings. Don’t know if I am being clear but I can’t explain it. Just the daisy no base glass.

    Thanks though Carol



    GlassCat –

    Getting those buggers the same length using a nipper is nearly impossible. I know it seems wasteful, but if you have access to a ringsaw, you’d have better luck that way. Then be sure to lightly grind and clean the sawed edge so it won’t be "schmutzy". Now – the realy challenge, in my mind, is getting them to fuse to each other. I sense those guys will not fuse together easily without being dammed together. Unless you do a full fuse and they are over 6mm tall…. Anyway, consider this…could you build them on a thin clear disk?

    Good luck!


    Have a great day!


     ~ KPT



    Could you go ahead and make "nuggets" with small squares of glass, fire them, then assemble them into daisies?  It’s an extra firing, but you could make a lot of nuggets at a time.

    Another thought would be to make a mold and actually cast them…

    You might use a technique borrowed from lampworking…I know that you can mark off certain measurements on the rod itself…1/4", etc.  However, I think you’ll still have a problem with getting smaller pieces consistent.

    Just a thought!

    Crazy Woman

    If you are doing coe 90 you could use Bullseye rods fused together in your daisy design and cut slices with a trim saw.  Just an idea.

    Crazy Woman


    Could you make these with freeze and fuse–either with one mold or a series of component molds and then fuse the components together?





    I have an electric tile saw that I use for this purpose. I tape several together and put a stop on the saw table to the size I want them. I get less waste than I would with my Taurus and I get several pieces cut at the same time.



    Sorry, I am a little late to this party. Been out of town teaching.

    How about trying to fuse frit to little sizes. Make some very small piles of frit and full fuse them. You will get small ball sized pieces that can be used in the larger daisey.


    Barry Kaiser



     One of the great things about fused glass is how many ways you can get to what you want to accomplish.  Here’s a link to a great site, which gives a technique I’m dying to work with for double shelf fusing.  That way you can accomplish fusing glass which is less than 1/4″ thick.  It’s from Diann Schwerdtfeger’s technique on double shelf fusing millefiori http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/bite-sized-bowls/index.html, to state the obvious, and bring a not so professional approach to this, why wouldn’t you simply glue the edges of the little petals together?  Anyway, whatever you decide to do, I’d LOVE to see a picture of the finished product!

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