Art Glass Dish With Gold Maze & Hand Painted Tesserae Border 12″
This bowl is part of our Serendipity Collection of art glass home decor. It is 12″ x 12″.
We hope you enjoy this absolutely one-of-a-kind art glass piece. Making it was almost as much as looking at it!
Creating it was a 6-step process:
Selecting the Glass: This was a glass upcycling project that began when I found a stack of large, clear glass sushi plates at an estate sale and thought, “I can use those!” Flattening the Glass: Every fused glass project begins with a flat piece of glass. In this case my glass was curved, but that’s was an easy fix with a kiln. I put one of the sushi plates in the kiln and heated it to 1250 degrees, the temperature at which glass softens but doesn’t melt. I left it that temperature long enough for the glass to flatten out on the kiln shelf.
Creating the Tesserae: I created the tiles used on this plate for another project that used the same type of glass and there were enough left over to create the border on this dish. It’s it is likely to break, either in the kiln or shortly thereafter. If you’re curious about compatibility, check out my blog post on the topic.
Applying the Surface Design: The tiles were carefully glued to creat a border for this plate. Then a maze design was painted on using metallic glass paint.
Fusing in the Kiln: When the paint was dry, the piece was placed in a kiln and heated to 1370 degrees, the temperature at which glass just begins to melt. At this temperature, known as a tack fuse, the pieces of glass stick together but retain their shape. This temperature also bonds the paint permanently to the glass.
Shaping the Dish: At this point the piece was still flat. To create the dish shape, it went back into the kiln, this time on top of a mold, and was heated to 1250 degrees. At this temperature the glass softened and gravity caused it to sink into the mold and assume its final shape.
|14 × 14 × 4 in