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Issue #81 - Mothers Day Design
April 30, 2015

Hot Out of the Kiln

April 2015

My mother is on hospice at the moment, and my heart, body and mind are having some difficulty processing life right now.

Since Mother’s Day is this month, and I don’t know if my mom will be around, I have decided to revisit this Mother’s Day design.

There are several step to creating the pattern and the use of a glass saw is needed to cut out the letters and heart.

The Summer 2015 issue is finished, will be going in for proofreading and should be available at the end of May.

The book “Wear Your Fused Glass Art” is still available in various formats that can be purchased on the website.

Sales have been fantastic on the Winter 2014 Fused Glass Projects magazine, and can be purchased by clicking here.

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

Mothers Day Design

This Mothers Day design takes several steps to complete.

It would make a terrific present for Mothers Day or for an expectant mother.

When looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, this one just says motherhood.

When fusing glass inside a kiln any normal etching that might be attempted would be filled in and distorted by the heat of a kiln.

By using clear dichroic glass to etch, with a darker background, the image will stay sharp and clear.

This can also be accomplished by using black glass that has a dichroic coating.

First the glass needs to be cut and cleaned before the design can be etched into the glass.

Once the design has been etched, be sure to clean the glass again to remove any unwanted debris.


  • Design pattern
  • Base glass
  • Dichroic glass
  • Glass cleaner of choice
  • Chap Stick or Beeswax
  • Glass saw
  • Etching pattern
  • Drill with diamond bit
  • Fiber Paper
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf
  • Protective glasses
  • Two part Epoxy
  • Pin Back
  • Directions:

    1. Copy and cut the design.

    2. Set the paper pattern on the right tint glass and sketch about the model with a permanent pen. Generously shelter the markings with beeswax or Chap Stick.

    3. A glass saw is desirable to cut the outline. Cut near the shape to retain the form and all the tiny fine points.>/p>

    4. Wash with soap and soak in plain water or use glass cleaner to strip off all pen marks and scum. Dry the pieces.

    5. Trace etching pattern onto the dichroic glass.

    6. Using a drill with a diamond bit, etch the design.

    7. Clean the glass and dry with a lint-free towel.

    8. Pose the pieces on a prepared kiln ledge and pose the shelf in the unit. At all times grasp the glass by the border to prevent fingerprints.

    9. Shut the lid or access. Turn on the kiln.

    10. Fire the glass to a tack fuse and anneal.

    11. Once the pyrometer goes down beneath 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven can be opened.

    12. As soon as the project has cooled to room temperature, add a pin back with a two part epoxy.


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    Hello Connie, I really enjoy your newsletters and publications. In response to a readers question regarding firing marbles in a microwave kiln; yes it can be done. First he needs to grind a flat spot so the marble will not roll on the shelf; then using a 900 watt microwave (which I recommend) he needs to use the following schedule.

    3 mins @ 70% - slowly warms up glass (similar to using a regular glass kiln - ramping the glass up slowly)

    5 mins @ FULL - peep to see if the fiber paper has turned back white from the binder burning out (starts out white - turns black - then white again)

    Continue to add minutes until the marble fuses and becomes flat and level

    This works every time.



    Thank you, Sam for responding. I am sure this information will assist others who use a microwave kiln.

    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. Thank you!


    Use contact paper when making a pattern. Cut the pattern out of the paper and just adhere the paper pattern directly on the glass.


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    Plexiglass for Photographing Artwork

    When it comes to photographing your fused glass artwork, try using a piece of plexiglass under the design.

    It offers soft shadows when illuminated with overhead lighting.

    Play around with the placement of your lights to achieve your desired look.

    I generally place a large piece of white cardstock or posterboard under the plexiglass.

    Then the artwork is placed on top of the plexiglass.

    I use a couple of lamps that have daylight bulbs inserted into them, and then start photographing.

    Plexiglass can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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