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Floral Former

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In this project, one piece of 6” x 6” piece of standard thickness clear glass is decorated with various pieces of glass and taken to a full fuse. The fused piece is then draped over a floral former in a 2nd firing.

1.  Clean the 6” x 6” square of glass.  Select various colors of COE 96 colored glass and form a pattern on the clear square. This is a great project for “spare” pieces of glass to be used to create a fused glass mosaic.

2. Place the square with the loose piece on a piece of shelf paper on a kiln shelf in the center of a kiln.

3. Fire the project at 300 degrees per hour to 1470 degrees and hold for 10-15 minutes or until fused. Cool the kiln to 960 degrees and hold at 960 degrees for one hour. Allow the kiln to cool to room temp naturally.

4. Remove the fused glass from the kiln. Place a 8” x 8” piece of thin fire paper over a floral former. Mark the center of the floral former with a pen on the paper. Place the center of the fused glass on the center of the floral former in the kiln.

5.  To form a uniform fold on the finished piece,  drape the glass in the kiln at a rate of 300 degrees per hour to 1150 degrees. Hold at 1150 until the glass has formed a taco shape and then folds on the sides. This may take up to an hour of hold time. Viewing the glass during this period is very important. If you desire a more organic drape, hold the glass at 1150 for 20 minutes and then raise the temperature to 1300 degrees and hold until the edges of the glass actually begin to melt. View the glass every 10 minutes and flash the kiln to 960 degrees when the glass has achieved the desired drape. Allow the kiln to cool naturally.
 

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