Glass bugs can be made to adorn another fusing project or as simple stylish pins.
This page will discuss a couple of methods to create these endearing insects out of glass.
There are several ways you can make glass insects.
Insects really play an important part in our lives.
We have cartoons about bugs, marvel at the beauty of a butterfly, and adorn ourselves or other items with these creatures.
There are many different types of bugs that can be made out of glass, so don’t limit your imagination with just the ones listed on this page.
These patterns can be turned into unique jewelry or as an adornment for other pieces.
They can be made as small or as large as your desired project.
Try using some dichroic glass to really add some pizazz to these glass bugs.
These insects can be made by using a glass saw to cut out a pattern, or use tile or mosaic nippers.
Most bugs are either round or a little elongated.
Take a look at all the bugs that are around and you will find that they seem to fall into one of these categories.
Glass Saw Method
Here is a list of some designs for the glass bugs that can be found on this site.
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The pattern can be printed, traced on glass and cut out using a glass saw.
Tile or Mosaic Nipper Method
Supplies:Basic Bug DesignGlassGlass CutterCutting Oil
Tile or Mosaic Nippers
Grozing pliersHigh Fire Nichrome WireKilnPrepared kiln shelfBeeswax or Chap StickSoap and water or glass cleanerLint free towelGlasses with IR and UV protection.
First determine the size and type of insect you want to design.
Draw out your plan ahead of time so you will know what is involved in designing your pattern.
For a basic pattern, cut a rectangle to approximately the size of the project.
Using tile nippers or mosaic nippers cut off all four edges.
Grozing pliers can be used to help round out the edges.
You will want to accomplish the look of an elongated stop sign.
Use the high fire nichrome wire to add an antenna to the insect.
Try curling the wire to add some dimension and interest to the piece.
The wire can be sandwiched between pieces of glass, placed under the piece and fused into the glass or glued on after firing.
Since you have already decided on the type of bug you want to design, add items like wings, etc to establish the kind of insect.
For example if making a bee, you will want to make a black body with yellow strips.
A butterfly will need to have large wings on a stretched out thin body.
for eyes or spots on the insect.
These can be made ahead of time so that you have them on hand for projects.
Use scrap glass to run a kiln full of different colors and sizes of dots.
These pieces can be fired as is or capped with clear glass to add depth to the piece.
I prefer to tack fuse them because it gives such nice texture.
Dichroic glass can also be used to give a piece dramatic effects.
Try etching dichroic glass with a black backing so that the color shows adding to the appearance.
Fire these small pieces using your normal firing schedule.
Since these are tiny they can be heated fairly fast.
Once the desired look is achieved, turn off the kiln and allow the piece to cool down to room temperature.
Basic Bug Pattern
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