Fusing Glass Creativity

When folk come for a workshop I like to guide them on using the materials (glass, mosaics etc) and suggest things that they can make but I think is is also important for them to use their own ideas and creativity. This was particularly shown when a couple came for a fused glass workshop recently.

Linda was afraid of cutting glass so I suggested that she make something to fuse using mosaic nippers, Paul was happy to have a go with a glass scorer tool. Linda made a set of coasters from my scrap boxes, Paul made a bowl using similar pieces. But, rather than using two layers of glass to create uniform pieces, they only used one layer. There is one thing though, you have to connect each piece of glass with the others around it otherwise the piece falls apart and the shape is variable.

Linda n Paul 2  Linda n Paul 1

I think you’ll agree that the final pieces are colourful and creative.

Linda n Paul 1 (2)

You can see how they used clear glass to link all of the pieces together.

So, guidance on cutting glass with either mosaic nippers or glass scorer given and knowledge of how a single layer of glass behaves in the kiln were essential but Linda and Paul were given the freedom to satisfy their own creativity and were delighted with the results.

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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