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Issue #048 - Glass Insects
August 27, 2012

Hot Out of the Kiln

August 27, 2012

Well, as you are probably aware, the September 2012 issue of the Fused Glass Projects magazine has gone live and is available for purchase. The responses have been fantastic. It has really fulfilled the requests for a magazine that is exclusively filled with fused glass projects and helpful tips.

I have updated the website with the current information, and am currently lining up authors for the next publication. We have a few that have already turned in articles and I am working on organizing and proofreading the final copies. I will supply some of these authors and article subjects as the magazine is being put together over the next couple of months.

There is a section for reader comments in the magazine, so drop us a line and let us know what you think about the magazine, articles or authors you would like to read and general comments.

If you would like to have an article included in a future issue, please contact us. We already have a few individuals working on writing articles for the next issue.

Until next month…keep it hot!


1. Feature Article

2. Quote of the Month

3. Glass Fusing Books and DVDs

4. Reader Responses

5. Tips and Tricks

6. Share the Site

7. What's New

8. Product Review

Glass Insects

With the summer months we are inundated with a variety of bugs, so why not create a few glass insects of your own?

Glass bugs can be constructed to embellish another glass fusing project or as modest fashionable pins.

There are a few ways to design these endearing insects out of glass.

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 here.

Create your own one-of-a-kind insect.

Tile or mosaic nippers can be used to create a simple body, or use a glass saw to make more intricate shapes.

glass bugs, insects, glass insects, bugs Supplies:
  • Basic Bug Design
  • Glass
  • Glass Cutter
  • Cutting Oil
  • Tile or Mosaic Nippers
  • Grozing pliers
  • High Fire Nichrome Wire
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Beeswax or Chap Stick
  • Soap and water or glass cleaner
  • Lint free towel
  • Glasses with IR and UV protection
  • First determine the size and type of insect you want to design. Draw out your plan on a sheet of paper ahead of time. This pre-planning will help you assemble all of the needed supplies.

    glass bugs, insects, glass insects, bugs

    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. Use the grozing pliers to help round out the edges if needed. Try to achieve the look of an elongated stop sign.

    High Nichrome wire is used to form any needed antenna. It can be placed between two pieces of glass or placed under the body and fuse into the glass. Make sure you curl the wire slightly to add some dimension to the bug.

    Depending on the type of bug you are designing, cut and attach all of the needed embellishments, like the wings, eyes, etc. Painted dots make perfect eyes for these creatures. Make some ahead of time so that you always have some on hand for these projects.

    Fire the glass to a full fuse or a tack fuse depending on the desired outcome. I prefer to tack fuse bugs, because I enjoy the texture and depth. For more dramatic pieces, add some dichroic glass scraps.

    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.

    “Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets

    Reader Responses


    My husband and I were recently working on a fused glass project that requires some intricate cutting on the glass band saw. We have tried various methods of marking the pattern on the glass—wax pencils, permanent markers, lip balm over various things, etc. But most of them wash off in the sawing process and you lose track of your cutting line. This project could not be completed without lines to direct the cutting. He discovered that using permanent marker sprayed with lacquer or varnish would do the trick. Just be sure to clean your glass well before firing it. The varnish will actually come off in a sheet once it has dried and you soak it in warm water to clean it. Also soak and clean your scraps before you put them away. Otherwise your next firing may be affected by the residue.

    We enjoy your “Hot Off the Kiln” newsletter and look forward to your other endeavors.

    Thanks for sharing so much with the fused glass community.

    Marge & Frank H.


    Thanks for your responses! Responses help others in finding answers to their fusing questions. Do you have any other suggestions or hints that would benefit other glass fusing explorers? Share your comments and suggestions with our readers. Thanks!

    A tile saw can be rented from Home Depot for cutting glass. You will need to purchase your own blade.

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    Tile/Mosaic Nippers

    tile nippers, mosaic tile, nippers, cutters

    Although these are made to use in tile and mosaic work, they are a wonderful tool for quick uneven glass cuts. When the need arises for some odd shaped pieces of glass, these work great.

    You will want to purchase the wheeled cutters. The blades are made out of tungsten carbide, wheel-shaped and can be replaced if needed. If the blade is getting dull, it can be turned slightly. On the other hand if the entire wheel has become dull it is time to purchase a new blade.

    When cutting with this tool, the glass can shatter and break into unusual shapes, you will end up with jagged edges. Use these to your advantage in your fused piece.

    If you want a straight edge, you can use the nippers to nip off the glass until you achieve the look you want. Like any tool, practicing will improve your cutting skills and wear protective lenses.

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