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Copper Mesh Bowl

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1. Carefully cut the following:
Two  3” x 3” standard thickness clear
One 6” x 6” standard thickness clear
Four 1/5” x 4 ” transparent red or other complimentary color.

 2.  Using copper wire mesh and or sliver leaf, cut  patterns of choice to fit under the 3” x 3” square of clear glass. The silver leaf is very fragile. Great care must be taken to cut this material. The wire mesh cuts best with a sturdy pair of scissors.

3. Carefully smooth the copper mesh and or silver leaf and arrange the copper mesh and or silver leaf in the center of the 6” x 6” clear square.  Place the 3” x 3” clear piece of glass on top of the metal inclusions.

4. Place the 4 ” x ” glass around the inclusions and clear glass in the middle of the square. Using a small dot of glue, glue the border pieces into place. If desired, place decorative elements of coordinating stringer or glass pieces on the border.

5. Fire the glass at 300 degrees per hour to 1150, hold 15 minutes, then 9999 to 1470 degrees and hold until completely fused (approximately 15 minutes). Hold the kiln at 960 degrees (anneal the glass) an hour. Allow the kiln to cool  to room temperature before opening. Tiny air bubbles will be in each square of the wire mesh.

6. Apply and set kiln wash or glass separator to 6” square slump mold GM02.  

7. Place the fused 6” x 6” square of glass centered directly on the slump mold.  Place the mold and the glass in the center of the kiln. Fire at 300 degrees per hour to 1250 and hold for 10-15 minutes or until slumped. Allow the kiln to cool as slowly as possible. Hold the glass at 960 degrees while cooling for an hour.  Allow the kiln to cool to room temperature before opening.

 

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