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Techniques

Handmade

All the  glass pieces created by The Glass Forge  are bespoke and  handcrafted.   For this reason no two pieces will be exactly the same.   Shading, colours and design element will vary.    Glass  often has a mind of its own and so does the designer!

Fused Glass

Fusing is a way to bring eclectic pieces of ‘compatible’ molten glass together to create beautiful designs, colours, shapes, textures, contrasts and images within glass  creating bespoke pieces such as bowls, sculptures, jewellery, lanterns, trinkets, platters..... the design possiblities are endless!

Fused Glass Process

The glass fusing process refers to the heating of glass in an electric kiln to a point whereby it melts and fuses (binds) together permanently. 

The glass fusing process can take up to 12 hours and  reach temperatures of 927°c. Once the desired effect has been achieved the kiln is cooled slowly to ensure that the fused glass pieces remain solid and unbroken, so again this can take a further 10 hours. Some design element can include multiple firings. Patience is a virtue!

Kilnforming Methods

Many of my designs incorporate kilnforming methods such as Draping and Slumping.  This process involves  shaping the  glass in the kiln with heat and gravity.  

Kilnforming Techniques

My designs can also  incorporate fusing techniques such as ‘Tack Fusing’ whereby two disparate pieces of glass are heated until they're just hot enough to stick together, but not so hot that they lose their individual characteristics.

Or ‘Full Fuse’ that incorporates separate pieces of glass merging smoothly into one another. 

Another technique which I incorporte in some of my designs  is  'Bas Relief' which achieves a textured or sculputured look in glass. 

Bullseye Glass

The glass from Bullseye is Soda-Lime (and we are not talking fizzy pop) as the soda-lime refers to the composition of the glass which is primerly silica, soda (sodium carbonate) and lime (calcium oxide).

Compatitability

It is important to make sure when fusing glass that the glass has the same coefficient rate of expansion (COE). All glass is fusible however not all glass can be compatibly fused together.  No two different coe’s should be fused together.

The Glass Forge uses ‘Bullseye’ Glass with a COE 90. This is a coloured glass that has been manufactured for use in art and architecture. Bullseye glass is a handcrafted quality  product produced in Portland Oregon, USA.