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Stacked Glass Coasters

Sometimes the simplest of techniques has the best results.  Last week I posted a photo to Facebook and Instagram of some fused stacked square coasters.  I received so much feedback and many requests for more.  Below is the basic process involved in creating these quirky coasters.  Each set of 4 takes a couple of hours to cut and put together before firing, and each coaster has around 30 pieces of glass. I use colour palettes saved to my Pinterest as inspiration. Large sheets of glass are scored and broken into smaller squares or rectangles of varying sizes. Scoring the glass breaks the surface tension and the running pliers help ensure a smooth break along the score line. The base of this set is black and the next stage is to decide on the layout of each stack. Then it is a matter of deciding what colour to put where until you have stacks of 3. This is the finished set ready to be fired.  Each piece of glass is glued in place with a special glass glue that burns off during firing.  Thi
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End of a Staycation

Wow four weeks annual leave just flew by and before I know it, I'm heading back to work for another year.  Aside from day trips to visit family, my leave was a staycation and I focused on pottering about the house and creating with glass. I tried my hand at slumping and fusing glass which is a big change from bead making.  I think I have a newfound love for kiln formed glass art! What I love about kiln formed glass art: The glass is cold and you can cut, grind and move pieces of glass around until you are happy with the design, before you melt it all together. Learning new techniques is always fun. I can move away from jewellery sized glass components and make things a little larger like coasters, small dishes, slump bottles.  I can make fused glass jewellery too. When making earring pairs, it is much easier to get a uniform thickness and size with cold glass than with hot glass. I can begin a project and leave it on the workbench until later ... even days later.  Bead making has t

Glass with a Past

Wine, spirit and liqueur bottles make great cheese platters and dip dishes.  Over the past 12 months I have collected several types of bottles to experiment with bottle slumping in my little kiln.  Many bottles have failed the slump and ended up in the recycling much to the curiosity of the recycling guy 😉 Before After Learnings Wine and spirit bottles are not weighted evenly and like to roll in the kiln.  A small piece of scrap glass prevents rolling and isn't noticeable in the final product. Even if bottles are placed smack bang in the middle of a slumping mold, they move and slump unevenly (some people might like the quirkiness of a wonky bottle, but it plays havoc with my OCD). It has taken much trial and error to get a firing schedule that slumps the bottles without bubbles, closes the neck, folds the bottom flat, an doesn't devitrify the glass. Not every bottle shape looks good slumped in a mold, some are better slumped flat. I need a bigger kiln - only one bottle at a t