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Garden Party Flower Bowl How-to

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Spring is here. Colorful flowers brighten your day and make everything better. The best part about these cheerful blooms is they’ll stay fresh and vibrant forever.

This airy bowl is made with 6 flower clusters and 12 leaves. Don’t let the number of flowers or the intricacy of the design stop you from making fewer flowers and a smaller bowl. This project is about having fun and being productive while working with a medium you love. Plus, with different flower and leaf combinations you can make new groupings and create your own unique bowl pattern.

How to make the flower petals and leaves:

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Select three pretty opal colors for the flowers. Cut 12 flower petals out of each of the three colors for a total of 36 flower petals. Then cut 36 petal shapes out of clear glass. Grind the glass to improve the glass shapes. Stack the opal glass on the clear glass and set aside.

Pick an opal green for the leaves. Cut 12 leaves out of the green glass. Then cut 12 matching leaf pieces out of clear glass. Grind the glass to improve the shapes. Stack the green on the clear.

GP Fusing flower petals

Arrange the stacked flower petals and leaves on a kiln washed or fiber paper covered kiln shelf. Fire to a full fuse temperature using the guide below.

Making the flowers:

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Place a fusing compatible glass nugget on a primed or fiber paper covered kiln shelf. Arrange 6 flower petals evenly around the nugget. Repeat to make 6 flowers. Make sure each petal is contact with the nugget in the center to ensure they stick together when fired. Fire the flowers to a tack fuse temperature using the guide below.

Using a pencil, draw a 12 inch circle on a primed or fiber paper covered kiln shelf. Place the fused leaves inside the circle. Arrange the fused flowers on top of the leaves. Fire to a tack fuse temperature.

Place the assemble project in a ceramic mold and slump the glass using the guide below.

GP Slump

The wonderful thing about this free-form design is you can make this project smaller, or with fewer flowers and still get beautiful results. Use your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

Enjoy your beautiful, springy floral bowl.

Quick reference notes:

Garden Party 12 inch bowl

Make 36 flowers, 12 leaves

Assemble the leaves and flowers in a 12 circle.

I used Oceanside 96 glass to make this project. If using a different COE, you can still use these firing guides and get the same great results.  

Fusing Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 60 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 500 F/hr to 1465 and hold 10 min.

Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

Tack Fuse Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1365 and hold 10 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible

Slumping Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 hold 10 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.

Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.

*As fast as possible.

NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then make adjustments as needed.

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6 thoughts on “Garden Party Flower Bowl How-to

  1. So beautiful and makes you want to smile. Love spring in so many ways.

  2. LOVE IT! Thank you so much for brightening my day. Off to the workshop I go!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Have fun!

    2. You are welcome!

  3. Thank you! Going to make one today. Stay healthy and wash your hands!

    1. Great! Enjoy!

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