Kiln Carved Fused Glass
Fridge Magnet

A fused glass fridge magnet made from stacked fusing glass, glass frit and fiber paper for kiln carving.

The methods used for this piece can be applied to a wide variety of art glass fridge magnets.

Magnets available in different sizes and shapes can be purchased from craft shops or from online suppliers.

There is no set size for the glass used as it can be varied to suit the size of the magnet.

Oversize glass, due to its weight, may not be suitable for small magnets as the magnet will have difficulty in gripping a metal surface strongly.

Spectrum 96 glass has been used for this example. It can also be made from Bullseye glass.



Fusing Supplies:

A piece of black and a piece of white fusing glass.

Colored glass frit blend.

Magnet, a 5/8 inch diameter by 1/8 inch thick has been used for this tutorial.

Fiber paper 1/8 inch thick.

Scissors.

Glass cutter.

White glue.

Two-part epoxy.

Prepared kiln shelf.

Glass fusing kiln.

To make the fridge magnet proceed as follows:

Step 1. Cut a one inch square of black and white fusing glass.

Step2. Place magnet on fiber paper and draw around magnet with marking pen.

Cut circle from fiber paper.

Step 5. Place glass with fiber circle down on prepared kiln shelf. Stack white glass on top of base glass, sprinkle frit blend over this piece.

Step6. Put kiln shelf in glass fusing kiln. Bring temperature up to around 1000°F (538° C), if using thinfire paper keep glass kiln vented until binders have burnt away.

Step 7. Bring temperature up to about 1500°F (816° C). Hold for ten minutes. Check shape and frit blend, if fully fused switch fusing kiln off and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 8. The fiber circle should have carved a recess in the glass to hold the magnet. Use some sand paper to roughen up inside the recess.

Step 9. Mix a small amount of two-part epoxy and apply to the glass, place magnet in recess and allow to dry.

This technique can be applied to various shapes and sizes of magnets. If the hole needs to be, deeper or shallower use 1/16inch fibre paper as well as 1/8 inch fiber paper.



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