Fused glass has been explored for many years now. It has been made into various products such as home decors, plates, bowls and jewelry. If you have a penchant for jewelry making, find out how you can incorporate your artistic ability into a fused glass pendants.
You need the following:
- Sheets of glass
- Glass cutter
- Glass cutter oil
- Running pliers
- Breaking pliers
Cut sheets of glass into desired shapes using the glass cutter and nippers. Assemble the cut shapes into your preferred design with glue to temporarily bind them together. Let it sit for a while.
Put the design in the kiln. Check the piece from time to time, to make sure that you achieved the effect that you wanted. The kiln's temperature will have a bearing on the outcome of the design. Lower heat will produce a 3D effect on the fused glass. The higher the temperature the more the pieces of glass expand and tighten together, thus producing a smooth design.
Upon getting the desired look, gradually lower the temperature of the kiln so that the fused glass will cool down slowly, and then you can take it out. Do not take out the item immediately from the kiln as it will crack.
- Now that the pendant's design is ready, all you have to make is the link that would attach it to a chain or necklace. You have choices on this matter. Glass companies sell bails, which are it is easy to attach on the fused glass pendant by using glue. You can also enfold it with wire using running and breaking pliers. This wire can also provide a chain link. If you are meticulous and like to tinker a bit, you can solder a chain link on your pendants. Another technique is to use precious metal clay. This is easy to shape and can actually frame your pendant.
That's all you have to do in order to make a fused glass pendant. But here are some tips to go along with it.
- In acquiring sheets of glass, look for the glasses with the same coefficient thermal expansion (COE). This will ensure proper fusing and thus produce quality fused glass products. Scout for accessible art centers that have a glass studio and maybe you can use their equipment for a fee. This way you don't have to immediately buy the equipment yourself when you are just starting. They might also provide you with guidance in fusing glass pendants.. Added, to this, is the fact that you can purchase supplies through the studio and get a lower price for bulk purchases.
- Look for companies that sell precut glass-this will trim down your effort in glass cutting.
- Finally use a bit of dichroic glass for accent on your pendants. Dichroic glass is quite expensive, but there are glass companies that sell small pieces. Do not be afraid to put new ideas on your pendants, be imaginative and creative. Be a trendsetter for fused glass pendants.