Fused Fleur De Lis Designs


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Fused Fleur-De-Lis hanging

The image on the left is of a glass blank with a blue Fleur-De-Lis pattern fused into the glass. The blank is two layers of art glass. The bottom layer is Spectrum White Opal while the top layer is Spectrum Clear glass. Both are fuse certified glass. The fleur-de-lis pattern is painted onto the white opal with the aid of a stencil. The "paint" is actually a mix of finely ground glass, of the desired color, and water. When the glass is brought to the fusing temperature, about 1350 degrees, the blue glass powder bonds into the glass.

The panel's size is 9 1/2" by 7 1/2".

During the fusing of larger pieces of stacked glass, as in this design, air is often trapped between the layers and forms bubbles within the final fired blank. They usually form in patterns around design elements. In this case the glass paint, which was finely ground glass particles, appears to have defined the places where the bubbles were trapped.

The panels hanging hook is high temperature steel wire that was fused into the glass blank.

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