Fused Glass 2: Squares and Rectangles

If you know me on Facebook, then you know I’ve recently acquired a kiln, and set up shop, creating fused glass at home. It’s a Paragon benchtop kiln. I don’t have a picture of it yet, but that link will take you to a similar kiln, although mine doesn’t have elements in the top.

I hate to disappoint, but this isn’t about my first fusing in my new kiln. That will come later.

This is about a class I took in March at Aquila Glass School. It’s called Fused Glass 2: Squares and Rectangles, and follows the Intro To Fusing class I took in January.  I had to wait over a month because I needed a class that was scheduled on a Saturday,  since it’s my only guaranteed day off. I was pretty excited when I went.

I think the second class is better than the first, largely because you get control over what you’re making. You select a piece of glass from Aquila’s supply, and the instructor cuts you a 6 inch wide strip. From there, you make decisions about what you want to make. There’s a 6×6 piece, which can be a sushi dish, a square plate (in a couple forms) or a bowl (in a couple forms). Then you get a 4×6 piece, which is usually a plate, sushi dish, or a business card holder.  Then there’s a 4×4 inch piece, which is the same options as the 6×6.

I ended up with a beautiful piece of what Bullseye calls their cranberry pink. I didn’t realize it when I grabbed it, but it was iridescent. Irids are popular, they’re a metal coating sprayed onto a piece of glass that give it one of three luster finishes: silver, gold, or rainbow. Cranberry pink only has one coating: rainbow. Below are 2 swatches of colour, taken from Bullseye’s online store: the first shows the pink (bottom right is what it looks like fired), and the second is the irid coating. That swatch looks really orange, and it’s not.

Cranberry Pink Cranberry Pink - Iridescent

After I got my glass, I had to learn to cut it, and then design the pattern I wanted. I went a little overboard the first time, and wanted to do something more complicated than my limited skills allowed. So I settle for a basic idea: plates bisected by a dark grey stripe. Here’s what they looked like before firing:Plates Before Fusing: 6x6 plate on the left, the 6x4 plate on the bottom right, and the 4x4 plate on the top right.
I know, they don’t look like much. They came out much, much cooler.
Here’s the stack of fused glass plates after fusing and slumping.

And Here’s a few closeups of the actual plates. Don’t mind the lousy photo backdrop, that’s my deck railing, which is almost as old as I am. We had a sunny day, and I took advantage of it with my crappy phone camera. Stack of Fused Glass Plates












My 6×6:
6" x 6" Indent Slumped Plate










My 4×4:
4" x 4" Indent Slumped Plate











My 6×4:





4" x 6" Indent Slumped Plate
Notice how the 4×6 is gold, and the others have a faint purple tint? That’s the irid, with the rainbow coatings. They’re not uniform, so your rainbow tint will start blue on one side, and end up gold on the other. Nature of glass. Makes for interesting sets though, when you can follow the gradient across.

Irid doesn’t photograph very well. It’s tough to capture the changes in colour, but I tried. The last two photos are the 4×6 with the gold irid, and my 6×6 with the purple/blue irid.
The Golden Irid CoatingRainbow Irid on Cranberry Pink, Indent slumped and fused glass plate

9 thoughts on “Fused Glass 2: Squares and Rectangles

  1. THESE ARE SO COOL! I love it! Hopefully I could learn to make something like it too 🙂

    your partner in Follow Me swap 🙂

    • It’s not difficult to do, if you can get into a class or a glass studio. I recommend checking Google Offers, Groupon, and LivingSocial if they’re in your area, that’s how I found Aquila. I’ve also signed up for a glass blowing class with another studio because I saw their deal on one of the big sites, and I was curious.

      I’ve done other classes since this one, I just haven’t had a chance to post the pictures. I’ve made beads, a glass box, and some stuff for fusing onto plates and other things.

  2. This are so cute!! You actually made those??? That’d be so cool to be able to do that. Great job!

    Stopping by from Follow Me #3 🙂

    -Jessica (sewinlove)

    • Yup, I made them. Funny, the kiln really does all the work, but the end pieces turn out so nice 🙂

    • I love it. It’s not turning out as well as I had hoped with my own kiln, but it’s a learning process. I’m learning a lot at least.

  3. Keep experimenting and having fun with the glass fusing. I took a class a few years ago and really enjoyed it but also decided I DID NOT need to add any hobbies to my present list.

    • It is not a cheap hobby, that is for sure. I love it, but I’ve put a lot of money into it, and that’s just recently. I know I have to be careful, or else it’ll be a huge money sink. While I don’t mind it being a small money sink, there’s point where enough is enough.

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