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 ! :)