Other Patty Fused Glass Techniques

Other Patty Fused Glass Techniques

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Art, Blog, custom, Fresh from the Kiln, fused glass, Glass Trips, handmade | 0 comments

There were other fused glass techniques we did in Patty’s class that I didn’t do an individual blog on and I thought I’d mention why.


The castings I do on a relatively consistent basis and I’ll probably be doing a whole month on castings I just didn’t see the point.
The strip construction I actually learned in Tanya’s class years ago so I thought I’d do it when I dedicate a month to her classes (in all honesty it will probably be 2 or 3 months).
Also pattern bars, which of course I learned from Tanya.
The kiln carving I also originally learned from Tanya and I have an ebook from Paul that focuses on kiln carving.
The dichroic layering I do quite a bit, sometimes I do a mixture of dichroic and normal glass.

But the last piece I have been hesitant to do again is the combing (also known as raking). And I’ll be honest with you it’s because you have to open the kiln and draw in the hot molten glass (around 1650 degrees) and it’s a bit scary. In class, Patty was right there with us and told us exactly what to do. You have to have special gear. But I didn’t want to leave it out because it is a very cool technique.Here is my original and you can see I have reactions with the glass and it’s very thick.

My new fused glass combing is pretty nice. I like the reactions so I worked with both sulfur and copper glass to get the reactions and also silver. Actually the piece was a ingot that I made a long time ago and thought this would be great for a combing.  I used my medium kiln so I actually asked my husband to open the kiln while I combed.

So this is the original piece, just for a bit more color I added some blue.

Here is the finished piece. When you are combing the glass is red and you can’t really see much, which is why I missed most of my blue.

I need to do some cold working and I’m not 100% sure what I’ll do with it. Obviously I could make it into a bowl or I could cut it up and use my favorite parts as centerpieces of other fused glass artwork, or I could drop it into a vase.  If you have a preference let me know.

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