Fused Art Glass
Fish Pendant

A fused art glass fish made from colored fusing glass and stringers.

Special thanks to my Facebook friend Edith Underbjerg Kirk for kindly allowing me to use her design.

This example has been made as a pendant; the beauty of this design is that it can be made in various colors and sizes.

It may be made as a piece of jewelry, enlarged for a wind chime or a sun catcher.

Adding dichroic to the basic design will produce a very bright and sparkly sun catcher.

Mica powder will also give a great sparkle finish.

Single or multiple shapes can be included in a plate or decorative panel design.

The example has a central spine to which the head, tail and ribs are fused; it is about 3 1/2 inches long.

The following dimensions can be altered to suit the size and color of the selected design.



You will need the following items to make this project, all measurements are in inches.

One piece of clear strip about 3/8" wide x 3 3/8" long.

One triangle head 1 3/4" wide x 7/8" deep.

One tail 5/8" x 1" x 1 1/116" deep.

Rib 3/16" wide x 1 5/8" long.

Rib 3/16" wide x 1 1/2" long.

Rib 3/8" wide x 1 3/8" long.

Rib 3/8" wide x 1 1/4" long.

Two small pieces of stringer.

One small piece for the eye.

Glass cutter.

Prepared Kin shelf.

Fiber paper or thinfire paper.

Glass kiln.

Fusing:

Step 1. Cut all pieces to size.

Wash and dry glass thoroughly.

Step 2. Assemble pieces on prepared shelf.

A clear strip is used for the spine.

Lay head, ribs and tail on clear spine.

Place small piece of black glass on head (eye) and two black stringers on tail.

Put shelf in fusing kiln.

Step 3. Bring temperature up quickly to between 1450° F-1500° F.

Due to only using one layer of glass the fish will be contour fused rather than fully fused.

Monitor kiln temperature carefully to ensure that the kiln does not over fire and distort the item.

Step 4. Once the pendantis nicely shaped, turn off fusing kiln and wait until the it has cooled down to room temperature.

Remove pendant and fit jewelry pendant bail on either end of fish.



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