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How to Make
A Five Inch Sushi Plate in Fused Glass.
First make a drawing to scale of what you are going to make.
It is ok to make it on your butcher paper work surface.
Then get your tools:
glass pliers, and
Select a piece of large glass the color you would like for a background –
like a canvas.
Ask the staff to cut it into a five inch by five inch square.
Then you can get started by picking your glass.
It must be a special glass designed to melt at high temperatures but not shatter.
You should begin by looking in the scrap boxes for the colors your want.
If you can not find the colors there, the go look where the large sheets of glass are kept.
You can use regular glass or frit which is crushed glass.
It comes in several sizes. Everything from powder to candy sized shapes.
Almost any color glass sheets can be found in frit form.
You cut the glass to the shape you want it.
You use the glass cutter for larger cuts.
It scores a line in the glass.
The glass will break at the line of least resistance.
You can’t cut out a shape – only lines – straight or curved.
If your line is too short, the glass will shatter.
Once the glass is scored, you use the “unhappy crocodiles” to pop the glass apart.
Now that you have your basic pieces.
It is time to shape them.
Taking the nippers hold the glass – carefully – and pinch with the nippers to remove tiny pieces of glass.
If your piece needs smooth edges, prepare and uses the grinder to “sand” down the edges of the piece.
Then carefully glue the glass pieces to the “canvas” so nothing falls off in the kiln.
It doesn’t take much glue. Just a tiny dot.
If you put too much glue and it gushes out, use the glass cleaner and a q-tip to remove it.
Last put your frit on the piece being careful not to shake it.
The frit will spread out more than the glass sheets in the kiln.
Put your glass piece on a clear under “canvas” to provide more thickness.
Ever so carefully, carry your piece to the kiln tray to be placed in the kiln.