This is a very easy project suitable for beginners. Select a
piece of art glass that you like. I prefer transparent colors but you should
select whichever you like best. Blanks for these pieces can be pre-fired so
that they are fairly complex but we are going to make a simple piece with
ONE color and simple decorations. For this project I've selected a piece of
transparent Blue Bullseye glass.
Cut a piece that is about 3" x 3"; you don't have to kill
yourself being exact but if you're too large the piece will sag over the
edges of the mold. I use the Morton Grid w/ Portable Glass Studio to cut
exact squares. You can grind both edges (top and bottom) of the glass so that
you're sort of beveling
them. This makes a horrible noise so you might want ear plugs BUT it allows
you to fire polish and slump in one step because the edges are not sharp to
begin with. See the image below to get the idea.
The GIST: You will be heating the glass just enough so that
it softens and slumps into the mold AND enough to tack fuse the decorations
AND fire polish the edges. NOTE: DO NOT OPEN THE KILN UNTIL THE GLASS IS
UNDER 200 DEGREES OR YOU WILL CRACK YOUR DISHES.
1] Coat the mold with kiln wash
2] Center the glass on the mold on a kiln shelf.
3] Top View w/ decorations but before firing.
4] In Kiln and ready to fire.