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Spring Egg How-to

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Colorful eggs are a cheery symbol of spring. The oval shape is simple yet elegant which makes it a terrific profile for decorating. Best of all, this little darling can be used to brighten your home year-after-year.

Sometimes, it’s fun to start a project with a blank canvas. I leave expectations at the door and let my materials inspire my design. This relaxed approach allows me to enjoy the purity of the process, and happily get lost in my work.

You can get happily lost in your work too. I’ll share how I made my design, but I encourage you to add your own touches. Change the pattern a bit to make something that reflects your personal taste and design style.

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Egg How-to:

Cut an oval shaped base out of clear glass. Cut strips of opal glass colors, of your choice, for the design layer. Cut a variety of widths for a more visually interesting combination. Arrange the strips on the clear base. Tuck twisted cane between some of the cut glass strips for an airy, three-dimensional look. Cut the glass strips and twisted cane to size. Mosaic nippers can be used to cut the cane.

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Glue the design layer to the base layer with a small amount of fuser’s glue.

To make the accent layer, cut murrine rods into ¼ inch long pieces with mosaic nippers. Arrange the murrine on the design layer to make springy flowers and cute dots. Add twisted cane for a more elaborate pattern. You can also include stingers, noodles, nuggets and dichroic glass bits to liven up your design.

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Full fuse the assembled project using the firing guide below.

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Slump the fused glass egg in a mold using the firing guide below.

Here’s another fun design idea made by Niki’s creative boyfriend, Matt Vanschaik.

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Enjoy your cheery, hand-decorated egg all season long.

Spring egg: 8 inch x 11 inch oval

Base: Clear glass

Design Layer: Assorted opal colors & twisted cane

Accent Layer: Nipped murrine & twisted cane

I used Oceanside 96 glass to make this project. You can use my firing guides for other CEOs 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

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.

 Watch the Spring Egg video here:  https://youtu.be/2MMz34BNwaQ

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Get ready to push boundaries, challenge trusted techniques and enjoy the thrill of limitless possibilities. Join me in this comprehensive hands-on webinar and learn how easily you can put tried and true methods to use in unlikely, innovative ways to create original art.

You’ll learn how to successfully employ different techniques to produce dramatic effects and take your work to an exciting, new level of sophistication.

Beginner and advanced fusers alike will find inspiration, motivation and renewed artistic freedom from the combination of techniques shown. In addition, you’ll receive a detailed outline with project specific guidelines and my custom firing guides.

Armed with your newfound skills, you’ll be eager to experiment and incorporate these techniques to turn your creative visions into reality. You’ll have the burning desire, and the cool confidence, to take your passion to greater heights.

 

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It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value! Plus, a professional photo shoot of your artwork is also included.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s what the students are saying about the workshop.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

“Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

“I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

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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.

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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:

GP Fused Flowers

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.

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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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Fusing for the Adventurous Webinar June 9, 2020

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Get ready to push boundaries, challenge trusted techniques and enjoy the thrill of limitless possibilities. Join me in this comprehensive hands-on webinar and learn how easily you can put tried and true methods to use in unlikely, innovative ways to create original art.

You’ll learn how to successfully employ different techniques to produce dramatic effects and take your work to an exciting, new level of sophistication.

Beginner and advanced fusers alike will find inspiration, motivation and renewed artistic freedom from the combination of techniques shown. In addition, you’ll receive a detailed outline with project specific guidelines and my custom firing guides.

Armed with your newfound skills, you’ll be eager to experiment and incorporate these techniques to turn your creative visions into reality. You’ll have the burning desire, and the cool confidence, to take your passion to greater heights.

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It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

 Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value! Plus, a professional photo shoot of your artwork is also included.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s what the students are saying about the workshop.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

“Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

“I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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Art Makes You Feel Better

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Here’s a peek at one of my new designs.

Creating lifts your spirit and gives you a more positive perspective and hopeful outlook on the future.

You look to me for artistic motivation and inspiration. I count on your for validation that my teaching efforts make a difference in your artistic growth. We need each other. We’re all emotionally healthier and happier as a result of the relationship we share.

It’s impossible to ignore the health threat we’re facing worldwide.

I’m no mental health expert, but I am an emotionally sensitive human being. During this COVID-19 virus crisis, I want to take the best care I can of myself and my family which includes you, my art glass family.

I’m just an artist trying to process and deal with our countries dire situation. I worry about how it will affect me, my family and you in the days ahead. In these uncertain times, the stress of the unknown can lead to fatigue, poor health and depression. And so, I’m checking in to ask, what are you doing to take care of yourself and make yourself feel better?

How do rational people handle disaster? I don’t have an answer. I can tell you how I’m getting through.

I have a self-imposed deadline to make 2 new videos for release this spring. And so, I’ve been working in my glass studio designing and building projects for my new instructional videos. My deadline approached, but inspiration eluded me. I was a dry well. No new design ideas, no themes, or video titles came to mind. I showed up for work and went into my glass studio everyday anyway.

The place is magical because one day, when I least expected, ideas flooded in. I had really good ideas, fun ideas I couldn’t wait to create. I starting cutting glass and building glass art that made me glow inside. During that time, I kept up with the growing bad news, but in bite size doses that made me feel informed, but not overwhelmed.  I’ve created several new projects that I am really excited about sharing with you very soon.

But the real positive here is that the act of creating art gave me some relief from the bombardment of gloomy predictions. The bad news didn’t go away, but having a breather gave me a more positive perspective and hopeful outlook on our future.

Let me ask again. What are you doing to take care of yourself and feel better?

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Here’s another peek.

Here are some suggestions:

Break glass and make fun pieces of fused glass art. Just do it. Forget structure or planning. Get your hands dirty and remember the pure joy of creating.

Take a long walk. Get fresh air between your ears. Listen to the birds. Enjoy flowering plants.

Read a book. Maybe try a new genre like science-fiction or thriller.

Start a new hobby. I’ve always wanted to crochet a scarf.

Paint something. It can be a canvas or a repurposed piece of furniture or a wall.

Plant a garden. If you don’t have seeds weed the garden. If you don’t have a yard visit a famous garden online.

Learn a new techie skill. I want to learn how to draw freehand sketches on the computer with a pen instead with nots and a mouse. So, I’m researching different programs and watching tutorial YouTube videos on the subject to narrow down which program will work best for me.

Practice yoga outside. Meditate.

Reach out to family and friends you know are struggling emotionally and possibly financially. Give them your time and understanding.

Count your blessings. Live in the present. Take time to appreciate all the good, positive aspects of your life.

We’re all in this together. Your good metal, emotional and physical health is important to all of us. I count on you to take care of me, as much as I take care of you. Now, get going. Do something today to lift your spirits.

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To keep my positive energy strong, I’m heading out to my glass studio to make more beautiful pieces of art.

I’m here for you to help keep your artistic spirit alive and well.

Cheers!

Lisa

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Blue Bird Tile How-to

Bird Tile

Happiness is a garden in bloom. This charming blue bird scene may be small, but it’s just the right size to bring the beauty of spring into your home or garden. Despite the detail, this tile is fast, easy and FUN to make.

Many of my designs originate from drawings I make on my computer in my office. But sometimes I like to go out into my studio and let designs evolve organically. I may have a theme or direction, but not much else. I let my creative mood, the mysteries of glass, and the magic that lives in my studio take over. This freestyle approach is thrilling because it brings a new life back to a familiar art by inspiring unique project ideas.

When creating this piece, I wanted to make a spring time scene including a bird. The rest of the design came together as I worked. The result was a combination of different techniques that gave the garden theme a deeper, more interesting quality. This unusual mix of methods makes this simple design more exciting to create. Plus, it ramps up the intricacy and overall appeal of the finished artwork. This tile size format is a great practice piece. Use it to experiment with innovative techniques that you can further develop to take your projects in exciting new directions.

Most fused glass is built on a plain clear or white glass base. Instead of thinking of the base simply as a platform, consider it an additional place to add to the design. Include details that will enhance the surface design to intensify the visual impact of the artwork. Here, I’m creating lush underbrush, faint leafy accents, and a crisp blue sky to create a cheerful backdrop for my garden scene.

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Before you jump in, here are some tips for designing on the base layer.   

Apply only powder size frit on the base glass. This minimizes the number and size of any bubbles that might form.

Use opal, high contrast colors. This ensures the colors are true to the original glass selected and not muddy mixes. It also gives you strong color density that appears solid, not diluted.

Start with the lighter frit colors. Then layer the darker colors on top, in moderation, to ensure the lighter colors show through.

Don’t be skimpy when applying the powders. The frit should cover the white glass completely and evenly. If you question whether you have enough frit, add more.

To make this piece, start by cutting white glass into an 8” square. To make the lush underbrush, sift opal light green powder along the bottom of the glass. Create a graceful arch that reaches up toward the top corners. Be sure to leave room for the sky. Sift opal blue powder to make the sky.

Using the pattern as a guide, cut a fern stencil out of stiff paper with a razor knife. I use a file folder,

or some poster board for my stencils. If handled carefully, these stencils are reusable. Otherwise you can buy a plastic leafy stencil from a craft store.

Place the stencil on the powder-covered glass. Sift opal dark green powder frit over the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil. Dump the excess frit from the stencil on a spare sheet of paper to collect later. Repeat the fern pattern as many times as you like. Be sure to extend a few ferns up into the blue sky to soften the hard edge between the green and blue background. Set the frit-covered glass aside. Place it in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

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Cut a piece of clear glass into an 8” square for the design layer.

Use the pattern as a guide to make the flowers. Or, for more organic shapes cut a 3/8” strip of opal orange glass. Cut the strip into 1” pieces. Next divide the orange pieces in half diagonally to make a series of varying sized triangles. Make one rectangular shaped piece per flower for the front petal. Round out the flower petal edges with the grinder. Dry and clean the ground glass. Assemble the flowers on the clear glass layer, as shown.

Using the pattern as a guide cut the bird out of opal blue glass. Grind the cut glass to improve the shape and fit. Dry and clean the bird pieces. Assemble the bird on the clear glass base. Glue the cut pieces to the clear base with fuser’s glue, applying the glue with a toothpick. Use the smallest amount possible to prevent hazing.

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Bending stringers is fast and fun. Here are some tips to make it easier.

You have to place the stringer directly in the candle flame for it to bend. Put only a little pressure on the stringer. If you push too hard it’ll break instead of bend.

The stringer is hot within one inch of the flame.

The stringer will be a lot hotter than you think, a lot longer than you think!!! Set it aside to cool before cutting it to size.

The black soot left behind by the flame will burn off during fusing.

The advantage to using a candle in the tin cup is it contains the hot wax and reduces messy clean ups.

Noodles can be bent in the candle, but they take more time and patience.

Bend an assortment of stringers into a variety of soft shapes. Leave a few straight for a nice linear look. Arrange the stringers on the clear glass. Use a spoon and add medium frit for the secondary flowers. Use yellow frit for the center of the open flower.

Carefully stack the bird and flower layer on the base layer. Fire to a full fuse temperature using the guide below.

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Glue two saw tooth hangers using E6000 on the back of the fused glass and hang the tile on a wall.

Or you can slump the glass to make a dish using the optional guide below.

Enjoy your garden in bloom all year long.

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Fusing Guide

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 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

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

 

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Blue Bird Tile as seen in Glass Patterns Quarterly Spring 2019

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value! Plus, a professional photo shoot of your artwork is also included.

This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.

Here’s what the students are saying about the workshop.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

“Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

“I had so much fun! Lisa is a great teacher!” -Brenda

Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

“The valuable education on glass art photography surprised me.” -Sherry

“I was surprised by the hominess of your hospitality!” -Vicki

This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

Watch it NOW! Start fusing today!

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 Downloadable instructional videos for every skill level.

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Bird of Paradise Flower How-to

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As seen in my, Painting with Frit Video.

Tropical flowers, with their vivid colors and striking shapes have always been a favorite subject for my glass art. The bird of paradise flower is especially fun. Thanks to its easily recognizable profile, I can render it in fantasy colors knowing the image will remain familiar and be imprinted with my personal, artistic flare.

When planning this project, I imagined the spiky flower petals having blended colors that would add a rounded quality and fullness to the design. I decided glass frit would give me the bright colors and subtle shading I was looking for. I then decided to use a high contrast, solid color background that would showcase the flower.

Frit and cut sheet glass are a great combination for creating dramatic images.

Frit is a terrific filler material, but it’s difficult to establish a hard edge with frit alone. It leaves a fuzzy or blurred line around the individual design shapes. And so, wherever I want strong line quality and solid color saturation I cut the glass shapes out of sheet glass. The cut glass outlines and contains the frit giving my artwork the professional quality crispness I strive for.

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How to make the bird of paradise flower.

This project is made with two layers of glass. The base layer is clear glass.

The second layer is made up of cut pieces and frit. I started the second layer with a narrow border to visually frame the art and add a nice punch of color.

I selected black glass for the background to contrast the colorful flower petals and plant stem. The background is cut with a saw to minimize the number of pieces and to give me a very clean, accurate shape for the flower. The cut pieces of the second layer are glued to the base layer with a small amount of fuser’s glue.

Tip: Let the glue dry before applying the frit. Otherwise, the cut glass pieces move around during assembly which results in a blurry edge.

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Select your frit sizes and colors with purpose.

I chose to use fine and medium size frit, in both opal and transparent glasses. I selected bright, eye-popping colors that would contrast the flat black and dance in the light. I apply the frit with a spoon, filling the open spaces to the height of the cut glass surrounding them. Once filled, I grade the frit with a paint brush to blend and soften the colors.

Clean up is key to exceptional quality craftsmanship.

Once I’m satisfied with my frit color mixes and the coverage, I take a small paint brush and clean any overflow off the background glass. I take my time with this step and make sure to remove any excess frit that might distract the viewer from my beautifully detailed flower.

Frit is a fun way to add a painterly quality to fused glass art. I use it to add detail and shading to increase the visual intricacy and attractiveness of my pieces. Applying frit is a fast, easy way to put a personal spin and your artistic touch on your favorite patterns. Go ahead. Give frit a try. The possibilities are endless.

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Tips for Fabulous Frit Designs

Use different frit sizes to enhance your design.

Cut glass wherever you want solid color and strong line quality.

Use both transparent and opal glasses.

Create a light source.

Apply light colors first then layer dark colors on top.

Blend your colors.

Use dark, high contrast colors to create shadows.

Pile the frit on. Don’t be skimpy.

Plan your frit application. It shouldn’t be random.

Use stringers and noodles to add linear details.

Be meticulous about your clean up.

Wherever you are in your artistic journey you’re doing great! Keep learning, trying new techniques and seeking the support of community. It only gets better.

This Bird of Paradise pattern is one of 6 graceful designs in my, Painting with Frit video now available as a download here on my website.

Firing Guide COE96

Full fuse for projects 12 inches in size or smaller.

Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 min.

Segment 2: Ramp 500F/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

NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire this guide in your kiln, adjust as needed.

I use COE96. But I use this same firing guide for COE90 and have the same great results.

Check out the Bird of Paradise excerpt from my Painting with Frit video here: https://youtu.be/fQYYG33KMIE

Happy Fusing!

Lisa

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Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa

Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.

You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.

Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value! Plus, a professional photo shoot of your artwork is also included.

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Here’s what the students are saying about the workshop.

“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry

“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn

“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.”  -Joy

“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki

“Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and freakishly talented. House, art, mosaic, her work – really fun and beautiful.” -Lorna

“Incredible class. Lisa shared her artistic knowledge of color flow and her technical knowledge of glass.” -Larry

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Things that surprised the students about the class.

“I was surprised by the photo booth demo-it was very helpful.” -Joy

“I was surprised by the limitless glass we had access to, for our projects.” -Lyn

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This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.

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