|NOTE: I'm assuming you have basic
Fired Blank on Mold before slumping.
We will be making a 2 layer glass barrette. Measure your
barrette finding. Cut your base glass at least 1/4" longer than your
finding and about 1/2" wide. If you are going to make a 3 layer barrette
then cut the top (clear) piece the same size as the base or a shade
Add your design elements to the base and cap with the clear top if
Full or tack fuse, depending on the desired effect.
In the meantime you should have coated your mold with kiln wash. This
should be totally dry before using your mold.
When your barrette blank is fused and cool place it on the mold so that
when it slumps it will curve over the mold and take on a barrette shape (I'll
have pictures of this soon). You can fit 4 or 5 barrette blanks on the
mold (depending on how wide they are). Place the mold with the blanks into
the kiln and set to slump. For my kiln, which full fuses at 1490, I slump
at 1350 and hold for 5 minutes.
When your curved barrette is cool you can proceed to glue on the
finding. I squeeze the tube of E6000 so that there is a nice bead sticking
out of the tube, then I put the finding to the bead and run it along the
length of the finding, squeezing more out as I go in one fluid motion.
There should be enough E6000 so that it squishes thru the holes in the end
of the finding which forms a lock when it dries. You have time to make
sure the finding is straight. Leave the barrette alone for at least an
hour and don't wear it for 24 hours.