I love it when people offer me suggestions and ideas because let’s face it, we can’t each always think of all the good ideas. Recently, a repeat customer of mine suggested I make fused glass picture frames, but rather than compete with all the rest out there, he thought baby frames were needed and would be very popular.
Since I love to try new things, I decided to give it a try and I just had to start with a rubber ducky frame. To make it viable for both a little girl or boy, I chose mint green and white for the frame.
My first step was to create the components meaning I shaped the duck and the bow and fused their parts together. However, since they were larger than the frame itself, it seemed like they may have a weak point where they were not on top of the frame. My husband had a great suggestion to fuse an additional layer of glass on the back at the weak points and then attach that to the frame. So the duck and bow went back into the kiln where I added clear to the sections that would not be on top of the frame. You can see in the pictures how I did the bow: (1) I shaped a piece of clear glass to match the bow shape but only where it would be hanging off the frame and then (2) I used fiber paper so that the bow itself would stay flat while I was fusing the clear to the piece of the bow.
After making the frame separately fusing the white and mint onto clear pieces so it would have enough weight and stability, I then fused the duck and bow onto the frame. In this photo, I have turned the frame upside down so you can see how the duck was attached and the extra clear piece was fused to the corner of the frame.
Last step was to glue the fused glass frame to a metal picture frame with epoxy.
And now for the final frame picture!
It was a great new project and an interesting challenge, so thanks Mark for the great suggestion. Perhaps more frames will be forthcoming. Any other suggestions out there? I would love to hear them.