Beginner's Notes: Making Glass Feathers

The Feathers of the Phoenix Plate is the most complex plate I have made so far.

Making the glass feathers and fusing the plate is an 8-step process.

It starts with a glass brick that is fused from layers of transparent and opal glass dammed between four kiln bricks. The brick is then sawed in half and bookended, then fused again.

After fusing, the brick is sawed into thin slices with a round diamond bladed Taurus 3 glass saw.

The slices are again bookended together and fused with a piece of clear glass on top.

All the glass feathers turn out beautifully and never look the same. They can be used in jewelry and plates.

The feathers are laid out on a black piece of opal glass and fused flat. Then a transparent piece of glass is placed on top, and the plate undergoes another 12-hour fusing.

The last step is slumping the platter in the 10" by 10" plate mold, and rubber feet are attached to the backside of the plate.

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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.