I love wandering through kitchen stores looking for stainless steel items I might use as molds for my glass. Last week, I was in Bed Bath and Beyond and came across a large spoon rest and thought – maybe! $20 bucks and it was mine to give it a try.
I don’t usually make something where the base is not a square or a circle, so it took me awhile to cut out (using many different tools!) both a clear base and the individual stripes. I eventually got the pieces to all work out and fused it flat.
I then had to decide whether to fuse into the spoon rest or over the back of it and decided I would probably have the best luck over the back of it. I had also made my fused glass spoon base larger than the mold which reinforced my decision to fuse over the mold. If I fused into the mold and the overhang ended up fusing outside the mold, I may not be able to get the slumped glass off the stainless steel mold and this would not be good – both ruined glass and maybe ruined mold.
I also debated on how to prepare the mold. You can use boron nitride but sometimes on stainless steel it sticks to my glass and leaves a cloudy residue. I could use kiln paper which I sometimes do on vases. Or I could use kiln wash but this takes extra time because you have to heat the mold to 500 degrees then carefully remove from the kiln and add kiln wash; then put back in to the kiln and reheat to 500 degrees and remove and add kiln wash. Typically this takes me like 3-4 cycles to get all the stainless steel covered with the kiln wash. In my opinion, kiln wash is the best for stainless steel, however for this first attempt, I decided to be lazy and careful and so I used the boron nitrate and the kiln paper.
It slumped nicely at 1235 degrees F. Where the kiln paper wrinkled at the corners left dents in the final glass piece, but overall a nice and useful spoon rest.
And another picture!
For my next attempt, I decided to just use the boron nitride (and not the shelf paper) and to use a single layer of glass (3mm rather than 6mm) to see if this was sturdy enough for real use as a spoon rest. The base was clear glass with glass confetti* to give it some color.
Since it was a single layer, I took the kiln only to 1220 degrees F for the slump and it was perfect. I can’t decide if I like the bulk and solidness of the 6mm glass for a spoon rest or the more dainty and subtle 3mm version, but both are functional and would make a nice addition to the kitchen!
* Confetti Definition: Small, thin pieces of glass.
NOTE: I noticed another blogger offering a disclaimer that she is just sharing information that she may have found other places and I decided this is a great disclaimer as it is true for me as well. So I will be adding something like the following to all of my posts.
I learn much of what I know from reading other website and blogs and hence, I haven’t really invented anything new here. But I am sharing what I found to work and not work. If you have found other ways to do something similar to this, please share!