Special Effects in Fused Glass

Instructor:  Brad Walker

Three days

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Want to get the most bang for your buck?

Then check out this workshop, which covers not one, not two, but three different fused glass techniques. We’ll start with reactive glasses, then continue with techniques that involve iridized glasses, and then we’ll explore the crackle technique in fused glass.

It all starts with an overview of the principles of reactive glasses, in which the chemicals in certain glasses and metal foils react to create additional colors and special effects. These effects, which can be subtle or dramatic, can be controlled and used to give your glass pieces a unique look.

Our second area of concentration will be iridized glasses, where the manufacturer has coated the glass with a metallic layer that shimmers when hit by light. We’ll examine a range of different effects that can be achieved with iridized glass and learn how to use glass powder, resist paper, and other tools to make the most of the iridizing effect.

And finally, we’ll explore the crackle technique in glass. This begins by manipulating glass powder, then firing to achieve a crackled appearance in the final piece. We’ll cover both the basic crackle effect and several more advanced refinements of the process that combine crackle with reactions and fused metals.

 In addition to creating and taking home an assortment of sample tiles that illustrate each technique, students will also work on a larger piece that incorporates several special effects. A knowledge of basic fusing principles is very helpful, and the ability to cut glass is required.  All materials will be provided.

All levels, three days 
10:00 to 4:30 first two days, 10:00 to 3:00 last day

Interested in this workshop?

Just contact us and we’ll set it up for you.

We can set up any workshop, past or present, on request.  With your help we’ll agree on a date for the workshop.

So long as we get two or more persons signed up, we’ll hold the workshop for you.

And remember, if you and a friend sign up for a workshop together, you each get 10% off our regular workshop prices.

So what are you waiting for?  Set up the class of your dreams now. 

(And yes, we’ll even set up a custom class for you if you prefer that to one of our regular ones!)

Please contact us to learn more or to set up a class.