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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.

Glass cutting work bench
I use colour palettes saved to my Pinterest as inspiration.

Cutting and scoring glass for building stacked glass coasters
Large sheets of glass are scored and broken into smaller squares or rectangles of varying sizes.

Preparin glass pieces for building stacked glass coasters
Scoring the glass breaks the surface tension and the running pliers help ensure a smooth break along the score line.

Stacked glass coaster with first layer of stacks
The base of this set is black and the next stage is to decide on the layout of each stack.

Close up of stacked glass coaster before firing
Then it is a matter of deciding what colour to put where until you have stacks of 3.

Stacked glass coasters ready for the kiln
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.  This stops all the hard work being undone in a second when moving the coasters.

Stacked Glass Coasters after fusing
The end result after approximately 12 hrs in the kiln.