The small palette of fused glass night lights offers a huge opportunity for creativity! Who knew. 🙂 I have wanted to work more with powder and some paints I have, and so decided to try to create some ocean landscapes. The first firing on a 3mm sheet of glass was just paints, frit and powder. In the second firing, I added on top on one of the night lights, a Colour de Verre mold sea-horse and shells and on the other I added some dichroic pieces of dolphins and smaller pieces which I made into seagulls.
Night-lights can be made into specific shapes or left as a square of circle. It seems like the typical size is between 3″ x 3″ and 4″ by 4″. And you can make them entirely of pieces of glass as in a typical fusing where you lay the glass pieces side by side, or you can use frit, confetti, stringers, shapes, transparent pot melt left overs, …
One key consideration I found is figuring out what is the optimum amount of light to let through the night-light. One I made is a little darker than the other. The second lets a lot more light through. I used a white and clear swirl Bullseye Glass as the base and then added the frit on the bottom only. You can check out the pictures taken in the dark to see which you like better.
As usual with many things, I assume how much light you like is just a personal preference.
If you are new to fused glass, you might want to give night-lights a try. Or they are great if you have someone visiting who wants to give glass fusing a try as it is a small palette but a lot of fun to create.