Glass fusing part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your pieces. They can be used in so many ways. It all comes down to your creativity. In this glass fusing tutorial I will cover just one method to make a part sheet. It is simple, but very flexible and gives you many choices as far as colour combinations etc. The method is strip construction.
On-Edge Strip Contruction Fused Glass | Glass Art by Margot
I was recently asked for any tips I had for cutting strips. While there are a few things that I can suggest, I really think it is mostly practice that makes the difference. I had many years of cutting stained glass pieces before I started cutting strips. So the first thing I recommend is to get some inexpensive float glass and practice, practice, practice! When I use 3 sheets of glass I often use a contrasting color in the middle which adds a nice design element. Using 3 sheets of glass, however, makes the piece heavier and bulkier.
Fused Glass - Pattern Bars and On Edge Construction
I have been working in fused glass for some time. Frequently my completed work has uneven edges some times needle points etc. Glass Art magazine has been running a series of articles by Milon Townsend on coldworking.
Ask any glass fuser and they will tell you that it is always a thrill to open the kiln in the morning and see how a piece has turned out. These days, my pieces usually turn out close to what I hoped for. But sometimes I can be disappointed. I do have a small stash of these misfits waiting to be re-purposed.