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@ The exact approach you take to reinforcing the panel will depend on the design as well as how you plan to install it. Using reinforcing strip, run continuously across the shorter dimension of the project (between glass pieces) in a few places often is sufficient. Alternately you could use rebar spanning the shorter dimension in 2 places (splitting the panel roughly into thirds visually) is another way to add considerable strength. For either option, I would encourage you to consider using a rigid came border around the panel and install it into the door using appropriate trim to secure your art.
@nancyknuckey There are several reasons that air can be trapped and form a bubble in the center of your project. The most common is that the glass is being heated unevenly and the edges are becoming soft and sealing shut before the center softens. To help alleviate this, you can reduce the rate your kiln is heating at and add a "bubble squeeze" segment to your firing schedule. Another tactic some artist find useful is to position little chips of clear fusible glass (compatible with the project) at intervals around the outside edge to act like tent poles, creating a tiny gap on either side for air to escape during firing.
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