Wednesday 24 December 2014
Monday 2 June 2014
Monday 26 May 2014
Tuesday 13 May 2014
Sunday 11 May 2014
Some of my new 'boho chic' stacking bangles made with my little fused glass jewels :) layer them up and channel your inner bohemian ....
Wednesday 30 April 2014
but some recycling of my cabochons that turned out either a little too small or a little too big. I had some space left in my kiln this afternoon so decided to add some slices of millefiori and murrini to make buttons and bobby pins. I've used a little dab of glass glue but I'm not sure if they're all going to stay balanced !
Wednesday 23 April 2014
As I'm busy putting together a range of jewellery pieces using my fused glass cabochons I thought it might be helpful to show the steps involved to produce these little colourful gems ... so here goes.....
Firstly I need to choose my colours (yes, I know that bit's very obvious ..)
Then I score, and break the glass into strips and then into tiny squares
I cut LOTS of glass at once to make sure I can fill the kiln. Next I clean the pieces with glass cleaner and dry each little square carefully to make sure no finger prints, grease or dirt is left on the glass
The glass pieces are stacked in little piles of 2 squares each - I apply a tiny dab of glass glue in-between the pieces so that they don't shift in the kiln.
At this stage I prefer to give the glass a light brush with a devit spray to ensure that the finished cabs come out of the kiln nice and shiny.
The kiln is carefully loaded and fused to a temperature of around 1450 degrees - I usually fire up the kiln mid afternoon and it'll be cool and ready for unloading the next morning ... I get up a little earlier those mornings because I still find checking the finished fuse exciting - and a little nerve wrecking if I've been fusing large pieces!!
And as if by magic the little squares have been transformed into beautiful, shiny little polka dots :)
The glass is washed again to remove any traces of kiln paper dust.
Finally I key the back of each cabochon with a dremel to help ensure a secure bond with the metal jewellery findings.
et voilà !! The little cabs make colourful and pretty little jewellery pieces :)
I hope you found this helpful ! :)