Fused Glass Experiments

These pieces (except the finished pendant) show fused cabs made from  lamp work gone bad.  Either the beads broke or looked horrible.  I can’t stand to waste anything.  Yes,  you can fuse with 104 C.O.E glass as long as you’re sure your pieces are compatible.    Some of these pieces were cut and re-fused several times before I got the effect I wanted.  I didn’t stress; I just had fun playing with the glass and adding bits of dichroic, gold stone and stringer as I went along.   I also used some clear 104 C.O.E.  sheet glass and home made frit from lamp working failures.

The fused piece in the pendant is Bullseye Glass, 90 COE.  I made the bezel form brass scraps of an old charger plate and textured the metal with a texturing hammer I made out from a ball peen hammer  The copper wire is stripped electrical wire, balled and torch enameled on the ends.  The glass dangles came from stained class scrap and a wine bottle.  I broke and cut the glass, tumbled and drilled it so I cold hang it from the pendant.  I probably got the chain at a flea market or house sale.  I made all the jump rings out of copper or brass wire from the street or the hardware store.  No reason you couldn’t do something like this with any fused piece.

Three of the pictures show what you can do with a bead that’s cracked in half.   One side of the picture shows the half bead before fusing and the other side is the bead after fusing.  A great way to make earrings.   One word of caution: If you are going to fuse old beads for fusing, be sure to clean out every last speck of bead release before you start.

Happy experimenting!

The two bottom pictures show what the class looks like arranged in the kiln before it’s fused.  Since it’s bits of broken up beads, it looks a little different than your typical fusing arrangement.

Clayathon Wrap Up with Pictures


Clayathon is a place to relax, mix with great people, see the work other people’s work in progress and watch demos of  polymer and non-polymer techniques.  I saw demos on caning, faux dichroic glass,  soldering solver bezels, metal fold forming, and I gave a demo on drilling glass and making ring clasps with copper washers.  Lisa Clarke of Polka Dot Creations was there with the latest books and videos and Wilma Yost was there with the latest products from Polymer Clay Express  including their Shape Frames  that Wilma showed everyone how to use.  We had a cane swap and worked on a group cane too.  To sum it up, we had a blast.

Here are some pictures. 

Clayathon 2011

Clayathon is organized by the wonderful and talented Arlene Groch and her talented team of South Jersey Poly Addicts, (which is not the same thing as having a dual diagnosis, although Arlene does confess to having an “out of control” polymer clay addiction.) There is something so poetically just about a woman who gave up her law practice for polymer clay and invited friends to come and use her conference room, not for depositions and settlement conferences, but as a polymer clay studio.

If my Meniere’s disease, which has been acting up this week, does not have me Jackson Pollocking the carpet, I will be there along with the rest of my friends. Actually, Clayathon is a great stress reliever so I’ll have my doctor write a prescription.

Here are some pictures from past Clayathons.

Felted Jewelry and Beads.

I had said in an earlier post that I had been in a felting frenzy. I made a few felted Christmas ornaments.  Here are some of the beads and jewelry I’ve been working on.

This bracelet incorporates my polymer clay and lamp work with the felted beads.


The bangle on the left is needle felted and for the one on the right, I sewed needle felted beads onto a ready-made felt bangle.


Needle felted bangles


Some needle felted beads


Earrings.  Felted earrings are so light!


I prefer needle felting to wet felting although for the bracelets, after I needle felt the wool onto the core rope, I like to give it a bath in hot soapy water and work it so it’s more durable.  I am experimenting with needle felting  bracelet and bead cores from polyester fiberfill (cheaper)  and using the more expensive  colored roving over them.  I have also needle felted undyed  (cheaper)  roving over the fiberfill and then have dyed the beads (you can use food coloring and vinegar) before drying and embellishing.  I have just started  cutting tiny simple designs out of craft felt and needle felting it on to the solid bead.  For one thing, you can make lots of felt dots with a paper hole punch and needle felt the dots onto the bead.

There are plenty of felting supply retailers in the Internet.  Don’t forget Etsy and eBay.  Check out the Red Barn Farm storefront while you’re on eBay.  If you’re interested in trying felting, they have some supplies that won’t break the bank.

Here is a good beginners video from YouTube.

2010 in Review

Happy New Year from Philadelphia

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 49 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 178 posts. There were 608 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 179mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 10th with 423 views. The most popular post that day was Polymer Clay Color Inspiration Exercises.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were forums.delphiforums.com, polymerclaydaily.com, craftster.org, en.wordpress.com, and lindlyhaunani.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for crystals, beadwork, craft work, donna kato, and бисероплетение.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Polymer Clay Color Inspiration Exercises August 2010


Zulu Beadwork September 2007


Spoon Bracelet from Recycled Materials December 2007


I Love Crystals December 2007
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