Stringer Bowl

Weaving glass stringers to make a stringer bowl takes time and patience.

You will need a few packages of stringers, glue or hairspray and one of your glass slumping molds.

Glass stringers come in a rainbow of fusible colors.

The first step in this procedure is to determine the colors you want to use to make your design.

A suggestion would be to use one darker color and quite a few lighter or transparent colors.

Using too many dark colors won’t allow the intricate pattern to be viewed.

Purchase at least one tube of clear transparent glass to make a couple of the layers and to place in your pattern.

The transparent clear glass will help you see the pattern in the finished product.

I have produced a YouTube video to show you the steps in achieving the Stringer Bowl.

Watch the video and read the directions at the bottom of this page.

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Materials:

  • 1 tube of dark colored stringers
  • 2-3 tubes of clear and lighter stringers
  • Glue or hairspray
  • Kiln
  • Kiln shelf
  • Kiln paper
  • Protective glasses
  • High Temperature Gloves


  • Directions:

    1. Determine the size and color of bowl you would like to make.

    2. Break stringers in half or quarters, depending on the size you want to achieve.

    3. Arrange your first layer pattern on a kiln shelf that is covered with kiln paper.

    4. Use either glue or hairspray to secure the stringers. Place a dot in each corner and in a few other places to assure that the stringers don’t move during the next step.

    5. Turn the shelf ¼ turn and start laying out your next layer. Keep in mind that this layer should be arranged so that you can see the layer below after firing.

    6. Add some glue or hairspray to the corners of this layer.

    7. Turn the kiln shelf ¼ turn and lay out the next layer. This layer should be built with only clear stringers.

    8. Add glue or hairspray to the corners of this clear layer.

    9. Turn the kiln shelf ¼ turn and lay out the final layer of clear stringers.

    10. Add a touch of glue or hairspray to the corners to secure the stringers.

    11. Place kiln shelf into kiln.

    12. Fire the pieces to around 1350-1400 degrees Fahrenheit.

    13. Wearing protective glasses and high temperature gloves, observe the piece at around 1350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    14. Once the desired look is achieved, bring the piece down and anneal.

    15. Allow the piece to achieve room temperature.

    16. Place fused stringers on a prepared mold.

    17. Fire piece slowly at approximately 250 degrees per hours until you reach 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

    18. Hold at 1000 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes to allow the glass to equal out in temperature.

    19. Bring the piece to a slumping temperature at around 1200-1225 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for 10 minutes.

    20. Cool the glass to the annealing temperature, I use 950 degrees Fahrenheit, and hold for 1 hour.

    21. Cool the stringer bowl to room temperature.








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