Art Glass Brooch

An art glass brooch made from a slice of fused pattern bar.

This is a simple fusing design as it it only requires one fused strip of pattern bar and a pin back.

The pattern bar will need to be cut on a tile saw to produce the required slice.

If a pattern bar isn't available, fusing a few strips together and decorating with stringers or frit will make a very nice brooch.

The fused pattern bar slice goes through two glass fusing firings before the pin back is glued in place.

A small piece of fiber paper is used to carry out some kiln carving on the rear of the slice to create a place for the pin back.

Fusing Supplies:

Fused pattern bar slice

One piece 1/16" thick fiber paper

One pin back

Kiln wash or thinfire paper

Fusing kiln

To make this project proceed as follows:

Step 1. Use a sliced strip about 3/8" thick.

Place strip in kiln on a prepared shelf and bring heat up quickly to fusing temperature until the strip begins to spread and the corners become rounded.

Do not over heat as the strip may spread too far.

Switch off and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 2. Cut a a piece of 1/16' thick fiber paper the same size as the pin back and glue to rear of strip with a small dab of white glue. The fiber paper will carve a small recess for the pin back.

Place item back in kiln and heat quickly to just below fusing temperature and hold for ten minutes.

Turn off kiln and allow the carved strip to cool to room temperature.

Step 3. Remove fiber paper and glue pin back in place with two part epoxy and your original pattern bar jewelry item is finished.

This technique can also be used to make a pendant.

To make a pendant, fuse once only and then attach a pendant bail or drill glass to accept a large jump ring.

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