Fused Glass Friday! Ball FritJanuary 27, 2017
On my new adventure of diving deeper into my craft, I was anxious to start making ball frit. Frit is a accessory glass that can be used for small details and textures. These chunks of glass, when given enough space, will curve it’s edges becoming a ball. I was excited to start a ball frit plate and increase my ball frit stash for the future.
First thing I had to do was lay pieces of glass onto shelf paper. At first, I didn’t know which color I wanted so I made a bit of everything.
Then I fired them in my kiln. To my surprise, it didn’t take as long as I expected, only two hours!
I really enjoyed how the pinks, green, and clear looked together and was inspired to make them into a plate. After three more firings of these colors, I finally had enough to make my plate. Pardon my Snapchat caption, but it really a ton of work!
The next step was to fuse these together, keeping their texture, and not so much that they melt completely. After 13 long hours, I was lucky to uncover this beauty!
Now, it is in the very slow slumping stage in kiln to curve the sides into a plate shape. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
With this being my first attempt, I’m seeing how the different sizes of the frit can effect the plate. I lost a few tiny pieces that did not touch other glass during the fuse. Then, I see how the different sizes can pull your eye to different parts of the plate. I’ll practice a bit more patience next time, maybe consider a design inside!
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