Tack fusing silhouette project

I haven’t posted in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been playing with glass! I completed this project over the summer, and started this post months ago - finally finished it up. I’ve added some new pictures to the Gallery page, and am planning some more posts soon with more project descriptions - stay tuned!

I'd gotten comfortable with the pendant projects and wanted to try something different.  I enjoy making the pendants - they're small, you can make a bunch at one time quickly, and it's great to open the kiln and find it full of pretty shiny things - and sometimes people even want to buy them!

But I chose the bigger kiln to make larger, creative projects, and have just been stuck on what to make, plus the fear of spending a lot of time on a big project only to have it not turn out in the end.  

Luckily there are a ton of youtube videos out there for inspiration and ideas, and this one gave me an idea for a quick beginner project to try a tack-fused small panel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHUjI7bJBCo

I liked the idea of a silhouette of tree branches and birds, so I created my design: 

glass_bird_silhouette_before_fusing.jpg

This picture was taken after I cut and ground the glass. The lovebirds I cut on the Taurus Ring Saw, but the rest I cut by hand and ground on my Gryphette grinder. This piece is three layers - a rectangle of black, the red sky bits, and then the lovebirds. I thought about adding more details, but I just wanted to see how this piece tack fused together without spending a lot of time on it - didn’t want to waste my time if it turned out poorly in the end!

I used the following fusing schedule for this piece (as an aside, I would love to make this a table, but can’t figure out how to do that…any advice, please leave in comments!):

Ramp/Temp/Time
300/1150/30

200/1325/15

AFAP/950/60

150/700/end

It came out great! I was really happy with the result and can’t wait to try more ideas!

fused_glass_birds.JPG

This is a great beginner project, especially since it’s only one firing to get a great result! I only wish I’d fused in some hooks for hanging, so I suppose I’ll glue a hook to the back to allow for hanging. Overall, this was a fun, fast, and rewarding project. And it has a nice 3D look to it, which I’m looking to duplicate in future projects too.