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Loving the Glass Fusing Technique
Glass is a unique medium that is fragile, yet strong. It can be used to create both functional pieces and excellent work of art. Glass fusing techniques have been used since 2000BC, and was the main method of creating small glass objects for around 2000 years. It is one of the easiest techniques for beginners and today, with the addition of mixed media and many more, there are endless possibilities of what you can create with it.
To start, all you have to do is to arrange the glass pieces in your desired shape or design before gluing it together with a glass fusing glue. Once dried, it can be placed in a kiln to safely fuse the pieces together.
Glass can only be fused at very high temperatures, roughly between 700 to 820°C and ranges from tack fusing to full fusing. For tack fusing, it occurs at lower temperatures, where separate pieces of glass stick together but still have their own individual shapes, resulting in a piece with texture. Full fusing, on the other hand, occurs at higher temperatures and separate pieces of glass merge smoothly into one another, forming a piece with a smooth, glossy surface.
In glass fusing, the thickness of the glass plays a huge role too. Too thin and it will start to contract and distort. Too thick and it will spread and flow. It is always important to choose a glass of the desired thickness, at around 6mm thick on firing.
Of course, the most exciting part would be to open the kiln after firing. However, it is important to note that the kiln should only be open after it has cooled to below 52°C. This is to prevent the glass from breaking due to thermal shock from a sudden change in temperature.
The art of glass fusing is filled with beauty and wonder. It is impossible to know what the end product will look like. Yet one thing is for sure, it will always turn out artistic, amazing, and personal.
Want to learn more about glass fusing? Check out our workshops this month here: