Thursday, September 22, 2011
Fused Glass Garden Sign - A quick view of how I made it!
One of my favorite things to do in Door County is to go to the Hands on Art Studio and do a Fused Glass piece. I have made 3 pieces during the last 3 years.
For this trip I decided to do a sign for my garden. I wanted something colorful that I could put on my front garden to welcome my friends.
Fused glass is so fun, you literally put a whole bunch of colored glass on top of each other and then you put in a very hot oven! the glass melts and fuses with each other, creating a wonderful smooth piece of art!
To start this piece I chose lots of colored glass.
I worked on a 2X24 inches clear glass and placed small squares of 2X2 inches in different colors on top of it. These squares will be the base of the letters in the piece.
To cut the pieces, you score the glass in the shape you want, then you use the cutting tool and the glass just breaks in two!
I wanted to write "The Garden" so I got one square for the "The" and then one square each for the letters of the word "Garden".
To do the letters, I used small pieces of glass, the idea here is to have fun with the shapes and the colors.
When you are done having fun, you carefully put it in the oven!
Once the glass have been put in the oven and fused, it was mounted on a metal bar so it can be staked on the ground.
I had so much fun doing this piece, I can't wait for next year so I can do another glass piece!