• Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 3 other subscribers

Fusing Meets Lampwork – Creating pendant sheet stock

If you’ve been following along on our Facebook fan page you probably know what we’ve been up to. If you don’t know, well now you will.

I’ve had a couple of sheets of 104coe glass sitting around for what seems like years, gathering dust in a dark lonely corner. Last week I decided to pull out the sheets and try a little experiment mixing our handmade lampwork glass supplies and fusing. For first time around I decided to use some scrap pieces just in case it wasn’t going to work. No sense in wasting a good sheet of glass on the unknown.

First step.

Starting Pendant Stock

Piling on the goodness

Pick out some complementary shard colors. I was going for an organic look so I picked some colors that I thought would create some good reactions. In the one closest we have Lunar Rainbow, Silvered Ivory and Silvered Caramel shards. Added to that I overlaid the shards with black stringers, a bit of Rosewood Fusion Frit and a handful of Ocher Spiral Murrini chips.

On the other piece I used Amphibian shards piled high with black stringers and another stringer color that I custom mixed.

 

 

Fast forward 12 hours...

Pendant Sheet Stock

After first firing

After the first firing this is how the pieces came out. I love how all the shards mottled a bit, the way the black stringers set off the shard colors and just the over all look. When I pulled these out of the kiln I was pleasantly surprised by what came out. Obviously the first thought that came to my mind was “I definitely need to make some plates like this!” but lets stay on track here.

 

 


Step Two

Pendant Sheet cutting

Pendant shapes cut out.

Now we get to cut up the pendant sheet stock into all sorts of fun shapes and sizes. At this point you could either use a tile saw to cut the pieces out or if you only use one layer of sheet glass for the base like I do, you can still score it and snap it. If the sheet is too thick though the scoring method won’t work and you’ll have to use one of those deafening tile saws. Plus the scoring method leaves a much cleaner edge.

 

 

 

Step Three

We’re almost there! Now that we have our pendant shapes it’s time to give them some holes. For this I used a heavy-duty drill press with a 9mm diamond core drill bit. I wanted the holes to be pretty big so people could either add a jump ring or loop fat ribbons or cord through them. To make sure the drill bit went through the glass like butter I cut them under water. Worked perfectly! It’s also a great idea to wear hand protection when drilling. If the drill bit catches and starts spinning the pendant around, you don’t want your bare finger there.

 

Drillling Pendants

Drilling the pendant hole

Drilled Pendants

Drilled Pendants

Step Four.

Now that we have our pendants drilled with holes it’s time to put them back in the kiln for another session. Instead of doing a full fuse this time they’ll be going through a contour fuse. All this is going to do is soften out the hard edges that we created from cutting out the pendants and drilling the holes.

Last Step!

After two days we finally have a finished product. Now just photograph and sell :)

Finished Pendants

Finished Pendants

Glass Tea Light Luminary Lamps

During my down time, and sometimes even while I’m working I always find myself day-dreaming about new and exciting things to create and offer on our website.

I have lots and lots of glass fusing supplies but time is never on my side to play with glass fusing. I don’t get much time to experiment with things outside of my torch-work so when I came up with this new idea it gave me a new drive and energy to step outside of what I normally do.

Girl Swings In Tree Lamp

Girl Swings In Tree Lamp

I introduce to you our new fused glass tea light Luminary lamps! Add some wonderful ambiance to any room with these unique glowing imagery glass lamps.

The process used to produce these panels is a multi-step process. Each one takes about two days to finish. The luminary panels are created by drawing out stencils by hand, cutting the relief image out in all its detail, which takes a patient steady hand, and placing the stencil on a piece of glass. I then sift glass powders onto the stencil and after removing it leaves the image that you see.

 

 

 

 

Unlit Luminary Lamp

Unlit Luminary Lamp

The nice thing about these luminary lamps is they look equally pleasing whether the glass panel is being lit or not. The rich mahogany bases also add a very classy touch.

We sell the luminary lamps in sets that come with one panel, the base, and one tea light candle for instant gratification. We also sell the glass panels separately for those that would like to collect more panels and be able to swap them out at will. The bases are also available separately.

Looking for that unique gift for that hard to shop for person? These make the most excellent gifts for really any occasion. How about a really thoughtful housewarming present for a close friend?

Each panel is handmade so each one will be slightly different than the last. This means that each one is a one of a kind piece that you and only you will ever own. Neat right?

Don’t see a panel that you like but have something in mind that you think might work? Please contact me about a your custom panel. Price will vary and depend on the complexity of the image.

Too see all the panels and sets that we currently have available, please visit our online store.

Ribbon and Hearts

Ribbon and Hearts

Flerr De Lis

Fleur De Lis

Dragonflies

Dragonflies