Glass Fusing

Glass fusing is the process of cutting glass into shapes, layering them, and then using a kiln to join the pieces together through heat. If you apply heat to glass, it will soften.  If you continue to apply heat, the glass will become more fluid and flow together. 

Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other.  When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken.

Many people also use the word “fusing” to include bending and shaping glass using the heat of a kiln. This manipulation can take many forms, but the most common is slumping, where a mold is used to cause already fused glass to take the shape of a bowl, a plate, or similar object.

Full fused glass is fired in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 1450º to 1550º F. Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures (1350–1450º F) is considered “tack fusing”. Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures (1200º–1300º F) is called slumping.

My work incorporates full fuse and tack fuse and many techniques including screen printing, powder painting, transfers, custom glass pieces, and painted pieces.