What is Fused Glass?
Fused glass refers to the process of melting together multiple pieces of glass to create a new, single piece. This process can be done in a kiln, where the glass is heated to a high temperature, typically between 1400 and 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, for a period of time. The heat causes the glass to soften, and the pieces fuse together to form a solid, homogenous mass.
Fused glass can be used for a variety of purposes, including creating decorative pieces, such as plates, bowls, and vases, or functional items, such as jewelry and tile. The technique can also be used to create more complex pieces by layering and fusing multiple pieces of glass together.
One of the key features of fused glass is the ability to manipulate the final product by controlling the temperature, time, and atmosphere in the kiln. This allows artists to create a wide range of textures, colors, and designs. Additionally, the process of fusing glass can also produce unique patterns and effects, such as bubbles, ripples, and metallic inclusions.
Overall, fused glass is a popular medium for artists and craftspeople due to its versatility, durability, and unique visual properties.
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