After settling on a design and a paper template, individual pieces of opaque, iridescent and transparent glass are cut and placed in patterns and shapes, then melded together in a kiln. Pieces can be tack-fused for texture, or fired higher for a smooth surface. In a second firing, the fused elements are slumped into a mold.
The first image below represents five different pieces fused together than for a second fusing rested on top of a ceramic mold.
Some molds are handmade by Trudy to create special shapes — like the one used to make the sconce in the second picture; in this case, the light is projected through the patterned swirls of glass that had been molded to the shape of a shell. Copper fingers made by Ed nestle and hold the the glass piece, which is hung on the wall.
The third picture below shows you a vase that was created by balancing a large round fused piece of glass on top of a stainless steel mold that looks something like a juice glass positioned upside down.
Make a selection from the dropdown menu to see many different types of fused glass work.