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Done or Complete – Fused Glass Design

Fused Glass Fleur de LysWhen is a fused glass design done? When is it complete? Not until it is completely done.

When I design a fused glass plate, sometimes I design it on paper first and then construct it. Other times I start with a piece of glass and start cutting, constructing and designing as I go. Whichever way I do it, knowing when to stop is often the most difficult part of the process. Many times I will cut out all the glass and assemble the piece but wait until the next day to fire it. I may feel differently about the design the next day and make of few changes.

In the case of this piece, I thought it was done six months ago. It wasn’t until I got ready to take pictures of it for my Etsy shop that I suddenly looked at it and send, “No… done, but not complete!” Suddenly I knew it needed something more. I created a stencil and sandblasted the Fleur de Lys design onto it. Now it is completely done!

2 thoughts on “Done or Complete – Fused Glass Design

  1. Kristin Anderson says:

    Hi, Did you put anything over the sandblasted area to keep it from absorbing oils or things like that? I took a glass class once and he was talking about sandblasting the whole piece but said if you didn’t then fire it to at least 1250 degrees you need to be concerned about the plate picking up oils. Thanks for your great posts! They really help.

    • Margot says:

      Kristin, I have not heard that before. I have a monogrammed cheese plate that I sandblasted and have used many times with blocks of cheese sitting on it. I have never had any problems with it. Always washes up fine. Let me know if you see anything else on that.

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