Beginner's Notes: Achieve a Stained Glass Look in Fusing


I saw a free stained glass pattern in the Delphi newsletter that I just loved.

I knew if I made it into a stained glass panel, I wouldn't be able to eat off of it. So I set out to create a fused glass platter instead.

My husband and I decided to cut all the pattern pieces by hand (thinking about it later, I would have used my Delphi Taurus 3 glass saw).

We sandwiched all the fusible pieces between two sheets of transparent 96 COE glass. In the end, I didn't have the heart

to slump it into its mold.

I made a channel on each side with fiber paper foam and transparent glass, to hang it with.(I have learned to double the channels for the wire loop.) There were some bubbles due to our handcutting and gaps, so the second fusing got rid of some of those. During the second fusing, I made the transparent channels to hang the piece.

Next time I would leave the extra sheet of glass off of the top.I still haven't mastered increasing my hold time during the second ramp up phase of firing.

Using 26 lb. cable wire, we can now hang it in the small window of our closet or shed showroom.

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KAYE W.  •  January 23, 2013
I would love to have a copy of this original pattern. If it is available, please let me know where/how to get it Thank you Kaye White ([email protected])
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Carol T.  •  December 09, 2011
Brilliant way to re--purpose your stacks of pattern books.
Michelle Rodriquez

Michelle Rodriquez

Michelle Rodriquez is always cooking something up in her kiln. She, and her husband Rich, experiment with different techniques in art glass every day, and are happy to share their discoveries with other artists. As a beginner, Michelle writes about her tribulations and acheivements. Read more about Michelle here or visit her website.