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Fused Glass Art as a Hobby

Updated on August 24, 2009
Some of My First Pendants
Some of My First Pendants

Fused Glass - Easy to get started, Almost impossible to Quit!

Perhaps you're a lifelong craftsman, or maybe you've been to a craft show, art show or gallery and spotted some fused glass artwork. Maybe it was as simple as a glass pendant, or maybe it was a slumped dish or bowl. You may have even spotted an art glass wall hanging that inspired you.

Now that you've seen some fused glass art, you just can't get it out of your head. Relax, it's a common reaction to this beautiful art form. The fact of the matter is, that this is exactly how I got started in Fused glass art. My wife had been to a craft show and came home with a gorgeous fused glass pendant. Being a lifelong craftsman, and having some experience with stained glass I was immediately taken by the beauty and simplicity of the piece she purchased. I was hooked and started doing some reading on fused glass the very same day. Now 3 years later I am immersed in this intriguing process of creating art from glass heated to melting point in a kiln and watching as the results play out slowly in front of me.

Fused glass artwork is unique in the fact that no matter how hard you may try, you can never obtain the same results. While I can create similar pieces, each and every piece is truly unique. The glass is affected by many things and therefore the finished piece is always different. It is exciting to work on a piece and then be surprised by the finished product.

Fusing glass is not a difficult process, it is actually quite easy to obtain very pleasing results. The more pieces I complete the more I want to try new techinques. Each and every time I fire a piece I become more entrenched in the art form.

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Like I explained in my profile, I am a primarily self taught glass artist. I know what the pitfalls are, and how it can become easy to get discouraged. If you are a beginner or an aspiring glass artist, watch my hub pages as I add more content. I will start at the beggining and move forward as I did when I got started. I hope you find my posts interesting and informative.

Feel free to comment or ask questions, and I will try to respond as quickly as possible.

Check Out My Step by Step Tutorial for Making Fused Glass Pendants


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      LottaTroublemaker 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for adding this article! I'd love to read a lot more too! I have been curious about different glass work for a long time. I have never done anything like it, sewing and painting has been my crafts this far, but I can't help but get interested and enthusiastic about trying new things and glass has been at the back of my head for years. I'd love to both do glass fusing things (jewelry and more practical things as well as maybe wall images) and recirculate old wine bottles and such into tumblers, vases etc. And I've been thinking, that if I got the hang of cutting old bottles, maybe I could combine that with glass fusing (e.g. using old broken glass in combination with some new things and maybe enamel for color/decoration?)... I had hoped though that I wouldn't have to have a kiln, that maybe I could use a flame instead. My big problem is space to do it, as I live in a little one bedroom apartment and all my crafts has to be done in my living room (which has become a cross between a living/dining room and a work space a long time ago, as that is the only way I can do it, as my bedroom does not have space for activities. During summer I can also utilize my balcony, which is quite an OK size)... For that reason, it would be fantastic if I could make do with a little torch, even if I realize that it probably will give me restrictions in what I can do. If you see this and can take the time to reply to my comment here or as a new article (might be many more out there with the same thoughts and restrictions I have, that would appreciate such clarifying information), I would be thrilled and really thankful! But of course, I understand if you don't have the time to do such things - plus, maybe you won't even see this... Anyway, THANKS so much for this article, I really enjoyed how you not only shared factual information, but also shared your feelings on this (something that really makes the information even more useful and reading an article an even better experience!)... :)

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I look forward to seeing more of your work!