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Fused & Stained Glass Art

Nothing catches the eye quite like a stunning piece of glass art. Take a minute to learn more about our process for creating one-of-a-kind pieces of colorful art. Don't hesitate to reach out to us about commissioning a custom piece. We even do corporate wall art!

Fused Glass Art

Fused glass projects are created using hand-cut glass. The glass is assembled and layered onto a shelf for an initial kiln firing at fusing temperatures ranging from 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, the glass is cooled for 8-16 hours. Subsequent firings are required for the addition of elements, details, or layers. Additionally, subsequent firings are necessary for shaping the glass by slumping it into a ceramic mold or draping it over a ceramic or stainless steel mold.

Most pieces spend a minimum of 24 hours in the kiln and require two or more firings to achieve the desired finished look. Every time we open the kiln, we have the same anticipation and excitement as the first time! Each piece is totally unique, and the result can be a complete surprise.


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Stained Glass Art

Stained glass projects also begin with carefully hand-cut glass which is then pieced together to create the desired shape, size and pattern—just like assembling a puzzle! To start, all of the edges of each glass piece are wrapped with copper foil tape and burnished. Next, flux is applied to the copper, and the pieces are joined using a heated solder made with 60% tin and 40% lead. A patina can also be added to darken the look of the solder joints. Alternatively, a bright silver finish can be maintained depending on the desired look of the project.

Lifting a stained glass piece to the light after soldering the first side is as exciting as opening the kiln to see the results of a fused glass project. Once both sides are soldered, the project is ready to be cleaned, polished, framed, or otherwise finished. All you have to do is install or hang the piece and let the sun shine in!

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