The analytical side of me still prevails in many of the fused glass pieces I make as is evident with my new favorite using thin straight line pieces of glass. So I decided to break the mold (not literally of course) and go with the flow – literally!
I began with a single circle of 3mm clear Bullseye glass. I then randomly added pieces of different colors of glass trying to stay with the lighter transparent colors. I put some along the edges and also did some overlapping to try to create different shades of color. I was a little afraid that I didn’t have enough glass so I added some clear pieces on top as well although I wasn’t very careful about making sure I had an even amount of glass all over.
Because of the inconsistent levels of glass I knew I needed to be very careful with my fusing schedule to prevent thermal shock. Therefore, I fired this very slowly up to full temperature and then annealed it extra long as well. My schedule was:
In addition, because I was nervous about how much the glass would spread, I dammed around it. I didn’t have a large enough circle dam, so I just made sure I would not fall off the kiln shelf. You can see my setup in the following picture.
It worked quite well. I ended with lots of different colors and because I had put some pieces along the edges, I ended up with some gentle bulges which added to the nice “go with the flow” idea of this plate.
I then used two different molds for this plate to create the final product. The molds were the Infinity Series spiral texture plate and wave form slumping mold from Fuse Master.
I have since seen pictures from different classes where they are more strategic in where they place the glass pieces trying to create a more purposeful flow of the colors. Definitely something to try next time. But don’t be afraid to just let it all go and embrace randomness!