A Contour Fused glass
Dichroic Pendant

Make a contour fused glass dichroic pendant with varying dichroic shapes.

This item is a very simple design that can be changed to suit different colors and design shapes.

Clear dichroic fused to a clear base will provide an alternative to a black glass creation.

The dichroic pieces can be any random shape.

The pendant will be contour fused to ensure that it retains its basic shape with nicely rounded edges.



Items Required:

Two pieces of black fusing glass for the base

Small pieces of cut dichroic .

Cutter

Shelf primer or thinfire paper

Kiln shelf

Pendant bail

Epoxy glue

Fusing kiln

Cutting:

Step 1. Cut two pieces of fusing glass one and a half inches long by one inch wide.

Step 2. Cut small dichroic shapes.

Step 3. Assemble base on prepared kiln shelf.

Place dichroic on top of base.

Step 4. Put shelf in kiln.

Fusing:

Step 5. Raise temperature to between 1380 and 1440 degrees F which is the target temperature for contour fusing..

It isn't necessary to use a formal firing schedule for small pieces like this.

After placing the item in the fusing kiln, leave the lid slightly raised until the binders in the shelf paper have burnt away.

Gradually raise the temperature to approx’ 1000 F and allow the binders to burn off and the shelf paper to return to its normal color.

The temperature is then raised to the target range with the lid closed.

Step 6. Monitor progress, as it is easy to overshoot leave the pieces too long at the target temperature.

This can result in the edges becoming distorted and beginning to shrink in the middle.

Once you are happy with the outcome turn the kiln off and let it cool to room temperature.

As can be seen from the photo the fired piece has retained its shape nicely and has soft and rounded edges.

Using epoxy glue fix a bail to the rear of the item. It may be drilled and a jump ring fitted rather than a glued bail.



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