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Project Guide: "Woven" Glass Trivet

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This is a project I love to do with beginners and children. You can use any opacity of glass that you want, but I love doing these with some clear because it give a really fun "magnified" look. 1. Cut a 6x6" sheet of glass into 1/2" strips. 2. Cut a 6x6" base in your choice of color. 3. Place six half inch strips going one way. (I glue this layer because otherwise it's like playing "Jenga" when you place the top layer.) Hint: Use a strip to measure the space between stripes. 4. Place the other six half inch...

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Project Guide: Oil-filled Lamp, Candle Holder or Vase Project Guide

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1.  Using MR-97, now ZYP, coat your mold in long even strokes.  2-3 light coats are recommended.  Set the mold aside. 2.  Cut two 6x6" sheets of compatible glass.  Clean them well.  (Adjust the glass size as desired.  You can use up to an 8" sheet (square or round) on the smaller mold.  You can use a larger sheet if you want the tops to "puddle". 3.  Put a sheet of ThinFire Paper on your kiln shelf.  Place the glass on the kiln shelf.  Measure the tips to make sure your glass is centered. 4.  Use a bubble squeeze program...

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Quick Tips: Adding Findings to Fused Glass Jewelry

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Supplies: Sanding Block or Glass Etching Cream Cleaner Two Part Adhesive Clamps Aluminum Foil Acid Brush Rough up any glass smooth surface (where the bail or finding will go) with a sanding block.  Clean all surface thoroughly. Mix two part adhesive on aluminum foil. I try to make about a teaspoon of adhesive. (I can do about six items per batch of adhesive. Trying to do more than that leads to problems.) Using an acid brush, paint a thin layer of adhesive on the bail and on the art object. Squeeze together, check alignment & clamp or squeeze together for...

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Project Guide: "Feel Like a Royal" Aventurine & Dichroic Slab Pendants

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These rich and sparkly pendants take just moments to make but are really stunning. Aventurine Green 2x6" strip Dichroic Noodle (cut in 6" lengths) 3 pieces 2mm Thin Clear 2x6"    Assemble the layers (I glue the dichroic strips because it's hard to assemble if you don't) and do a full bubble squeeze fusing schedule. aventurine base dichroic strip design elements clear cap Cut into 3/4" pieces (or as desired). Fuse to desired shape.

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Project Guide: Tic Tac Toe Game Board

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My inspiration for this project was my childhood bedroom. I love the color mix of almond, persimmon and lemongrass, but you can decorate your boards any way you wish. You can't see it from the photographs, but the design elements "float" and cast shadows because they're on the top layer. 6x8" almond 6x8" clear Design elements: I used various sizes of Colorado River Rock and squares that I cut into 1/4" pieces. The lines were 1/4" by 3". See the cutting example below.   Assemble: base clear design elements (I glued only the tic tac toe lines) Fuse to desired...

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