Hot Glass
Lately, Deb and I have also begun working with hot glass.  We make lampwork
beads and fuse glass in a kiln.  We are both very much amateurs at this stuff.  We
are still experimenting with this new (to us) media.
The two photo's on the left are of pendants that I made.  The pendants on the right were made by
Debbie.  I did the silver work on all the pendants.
These pendants were made with what is known as "frit".  Frit is ground up glass that is not quite as fine as
powder.  The frit was sprinkled on the base layer of glass and then covered with a clear piece of glass and
fired in the kiln to 1500F or what is known as a "full fuse" where all the layers of glass melt and become a
single solid piece.
This is my first experiment with a product known as
Glassline Pens.  They are very finely ground glass in a
liquid media.  You draw, paint, or airbrush it onto the
glass, let dry, and fire in the kiln to 1500F.  The glass
powder fuses together and becomes part of the base
glass.  In the experiment I covered the base layer with
a clear layer, sandwiching the glassline between them.  
I let the kiln heat up too quickly and, as you can see, I
got some bubbles trapped.
This is a pendant of
dichroic glass that I
etched.  I first drew
the pattern with a
sharpie marker then
covered that with a
rubber based
masking fluid and
the used etching
creme to remove the
dichroic coating.
 This 8" plate was made using a ripple cut
dichroic glass strip and iridescent glass.  The
two pieces were fused in the kiln and the
slumped into a plate mold.  It sold at a craft
show for $25.