Fused Glass Class #4

Posted on Jun 9, 2005


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My last fused class was on slumping.  I didn’t think that I would like slumping all that much.  Well, I love it.  It’s so much fun and a lot easier than it looks. Slumping is when you create a form for the glass to melt into and slump.  It’s how people make bowls and really anything that isn’t flat.  We used fiber paper build up a frame for the outside of the object.  For me that was the where the colored glass is.  The middle of the frame was just a hole that the glass slumped into creating the clear glass area for the candle to sit in.  For our slumping class we did a tack fusing.  The other classes have been full fuses so you get that perfectly smooth blended look. Tack fusing is done at a lower temperature so the glass doesn’t fully melt.

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Here is a different perspective of the candle holders so you can see the depth.  I made these matching votive candle holders.  They are about 3" x 3" square.  You can see again, how things shifted and got bumped in the kiln.  That’s just how things go.  It was a fairly large class and a small kiln, so people were constantly accidentally bumping into things.  I came back and fixed things a few times, but then you just have to let it go.  I love that they aren’t perfect.

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This piece is 2" x 2" square-ish.  It’s made from one piece of glass.  Again I built a frame of fiber paper to hold the outside edges while the middle melted down to create the bowl.

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I made this piece to be a ring holder.  My sister has a very similar piece that I just loved.  So I tried to create it.  My ring sits in there nicely!

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This was just an experiment.  This piece is 1" x 1" square.  I wanted to see how small you could slump.  I was thinking that it might be a fun form for pendants.  I think I will turn this into a pendant.  I like that it’s not flat and has some texture to it.

Well, I’m sad that my class is over.  My teacher was great and I learned a lot.  I will definitely take more classes in the future.  I’ve also started looking at purchasing a kiln. 

1 Comment

  1. I like these alot. It was a good idea taking that picture from the side to show the depth because you can tell what you are talking about! I’m so glad this class didn’t suck. It’s been sort of hit and miss with these classes and at least you now have glasswork knowledge. You’ve had metal working, pottery and another medium-crocheting? What’s next for that JOLIEGIRL? Do tell!

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