Most of the fused glass pieces I do are either square or rectangular. I happen to like square and rectangular shapes. Another reason I don’t often work with circles is because working with a circle shape wastes more glass. Circles are a bit trickier to cut too. It’s not particularly hard to cut out a circle, but it does take some practice. There is a circle cutter tool that I use to score the circle that works quite well. A picture is worth a thousand words, so if you are interested in learning how to cut a circle, this is a good video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el8Z-mIpWmE
At Slumpy’s year-end blowout sale I bought a Ripple Bowl mold for less than $11! What a deal. This enticed me to pull out my circle cutter. I cut two circles out of clear glass. One of the circles broke down the middle, but no worries! I put that circle on the bottom. I then sifted several colors of glass powder over the second circle and used a tool to “draw” squiggle lines. I saw this technique on one of the Bullseye Online Education videos. I full fused the layers and then did a second firing, a flip and fire, so that the seam that was on the bottom from the broken circle completely vanished. In the third and last firing I slumped the circle over the Ripple Bowl mold.
I have really enjoyed experimenting with glass powders. Now I need to invest in some more glass powders to expand my palette of colors!
Here is a another video on cutting circles in a language I don’t understand. I have know Idea what they are saying, but they sure are laughing a lot and having fun! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzjpTDxTmqg