Another fused glass technique I first learned from Tanya is pattern bars. Actually she taught several types of pattern bars. The original fused glass piece we made in class has several techniques including: pattern bars, flash glass, and powder printing. This blog I’m only going to focus on fused glass pattern bars. Here are some of the pattern bars I made and I’ll go through each one. Basically you make a pattern bar then you cut it up and incorporate it into other pieces.
In class Tanya taught us the pattern bar on the left (this is the piece that has flash glass, powder, and pattern bar). I made a pattern bar very similar, but instead of using individual slices like I did in the original dish I put two of them together, which is really cool.
The dish on the left is another of the fused glass pattern bars we did in class, it’s called flow bar. When I got home I made the one on the right. I loved it I especially liked how I cut the edges to show off the flows.
The new fused glass flow bar I made is amazing, the only problem is I don’t know which side I like better. When I made it I didn’t put enough of the stacks of glass in so I had to add some to the top. On the left you can see the extra stacks and some extra glass. The piece on the right is the bottom, so you can see the flow better. I just don’t know which side I like best. Instead of making a dish I may get a display and so that both sides can be seen. I just wish ya’ll could see it in person, it’s one of my favorite pieces ever!
After class I liked the pattern bars so much I made some new ones. I think that pattern bars really add to a fused glass piece.
For this blog I thought I’d make some new pattern blogs. The first one is the stripe construction with a pattern bar and the second one has a texture as well as the pattern bar. The third one is actually an obtuse triangle. It’s a fascinating piece I put two of the triangles together then surrounded it by black and clear glass. It’s a great piece. That’s what I life best about pattern bars, they can be incorporated into other things. The 4th one is a pattrnbar on top of a beautiful lilac streaky glass.
I also made another pattern bar but the shelf broke (picture left), but when I cut it up it’s truly amazing. I used it in the 4th piece above. I also made several cabochons, I like them all they look like stones. The red ones are from the obtuse triangle. In the forth group I combined several of the pattern bars to make new pieces.
I also made a couple other fused glass pattern bars. The one on the left is pretty interesting, I did it like it like jaws. The one on the right is a pot melt surrounded by black and white iridized glass. I need to do some coldworking but it’s beautiful. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it. The potmelt is transparent so I may make it into a tower or sconce.
I hope you enjoy these fabulous fused glass pattern bars as much as I do. As you can see by the first picture I have plenty more of the pattern bars to cut up and include in other fused glass pieces. I’ll keep ya’ll posted!
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