More fusing

As long as the piece you want is small you can fuse all sorts of things. Earlier in the year we had visitors who brought a bottle of wine with them. Nothing unusual about that. But the wine was wrapped in fine gold coloured wire. My visitor suggested that I try fusing that!. Well, with a lot of trepidation I sandwiched a coil of wire between two pieces of glass, blue underneath and clear on the top, and put it in the kiln. After the normal heating time the coil was still visible and the glass about to fuse. After another minute it was completely transformed. The wire must have started to melt forming bubbles with the piece and the effect was lovely. It looks quite Victorian.

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After that I tried fusing other metals with glass, with some succeses and some failures (situation normal!). If I overcooked  a piece like the one above the wire comes through the glass and can be quite sharp.

Aluminium foil
Aluminium foil

This is a piece before it is fused. There is aluminium foil scrunched up between the glass pieces. I also tried gold foil.20150310_093705

These are the results. The white piece was slightly overcooked so the big bubble on the top is close the breaking through the glass. The aluminium foil discoloured but the gold foil was fine.

All good clean fun.

Jane

Published by Cosy Creative Crafts

Hi My name is Jane and I live in North Oxfordshire, UK. I started making greetings cards and jewellery, progressed to working with stained glass, played with a microwave kiln for small fused glass items and then went all the way with a studio and kiln. I then explored lampworking and enjoy playing with hot glass too.. I have also been a knitter and crochet(ter?) since childhood. I enjoy playing with colour - the brighter the better in my opinion. I attend craft fairs each year in the local area as my glass is attractive face to face. I also run workshops in my garden studio and love to share my skills with others.

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