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Fusing and Slumping? Fusing glass is a technique in which you heat shards of glass in a kiln until they stick (fuse) together. Once the glass is fused you can then shape it to your taste by "slumping" it. Basically slumping is taking your fused glass and laying it over a pre-made mold like a bowl or plate. Once heated the glass then dips down into the shape of your mold.
Fused glass artists, be prepared! For example if your always creating glass mosaics then having pre-cut glass squares of different colors and sizes on hand will be very helpful. In my own glass studio I have drawers of pre-cut work so that I'm ready to start creating quickly when the creative muse strikes.
From all of us here at Memories-In-Glass.com we would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Yeah, yeah, we know it's not a glass art tip. :-)
Many times are creativity can be stifled by sticking with techniques and practices that we are familiar with. So when your stuck in a rut, try creating a glass piece that isn't in your usual style. I created an art piece recently that at first I didn't like but a few steps later it turned into something I was quite proud of. This tip not only applies to glass art but to all artistic mediums. You might just surprise yourself by trying something your not comfortable with and then pushing it through to the next level.
Start out on paper! Brainstorming is key when it comes to making a successful glass art piece. Drawing out ideas on paper beforehand will improve your work immensely because it helps solidify your thoughts and gives you a game plan when working in the studio.
What the blank? "Blanks" are three-dimensional glass forms which can be painted on and then blown into a vase or bowl. So if you enjoy painting than you will love the fact that you can paint on glass surfaces. However, not any old paint will do. You have to purchase glass paints. One notable brand is Paradise Paints which can be easily be purchased from a glass specialty store.
Glass etching is a great way to produce decorative designs on your art. This can be done by attaching a stencil to your work and sandblasting. Sandblasting or "sandblast etch" is done by directing a high-pressure stream of abrasive against your glass surface. This creates a frosted design on your glass where the stencil didn't cover.
If you looking to spice up your fused glass work try using dichroic glass. Dichroic (two-color) glass is a special metallic-coated glass and is popular among bracelet and bead makers.
Stumped on what to make next? Well since it's the holiday season why don't you try to make a blown glass ornament. They make great gifts. If your not excited by this then you could try to make a fused dichroic glass pendant or a pulled hot glass flower.
When working with hot glass it is important that you stay hydrated. On days when you'll be working in the studio make sure that you pack a bottled water, juice, or sportsdrink. Remember it's always better to be safe than sorry. Check out our section on glass safety for more information.