I am on a quest to learn more about selling my fused glass. In analyzing my statistics on both Etsy and WordPress, I notice many searches for the smaller items like barrettes, coasters and soap dishes. So I am going to try to be creative in a smaller way and make more of these than I have in the past. I started with soap dishes only because last year I had bought a new soap dish mold and wanted to give it a try. However, after firing, I was a little disappointed in how small the dish was. I liked the colors and pattern, but when I put a small hotel hand soap bar on the dish the soap consumed the dish.
This made me wonder what is the correct size for a soap dish. So I made two other style soap dishes all designed similarly to better visualize the mold differences. I also decided to compare these with a piece that I originally made as a coaster so for this piece the colors are different. I took pictures of all of them with a soap bar trying to determine if any one mold is better than another.
The size and shape differ for all four dishes. From a creation standpoint, there is another difference. For soap dishes 1 and 2, you basically fill the mold with small pieces of glass called fit. You can also embed larger pieces of glass, but essentially you are fusing together these small pieces of frit.
For soap dishes 3 and 4, you are fusing larger pieces of glass together flat and then slumping the fused plate into a mold to take on the concave shape. They both have their pluses and minuses, but I find that I can be more creative with designs using the method in soap dishes 3 and 4.
Of course, with both options, you can add embellishments. I added the blue bars on soap dishes 1 and 3, but you can also add shells and many other glass pieces as you can see in soap dish 5 and 6 which I made last year.
My husband and I are leaning toward soap dish 3 as being the right size and shape for a typical soap dish and I like its ability to be more creative with the design in the base sheet of glass. Do you have a preference on one of these shapes and sizes? I would love to hear your preference. Thanks!