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Fused Glass Marine Life Barrette
Christine Musser demonstrates how to make a fused glass marine life barrette.
That's Clever! : Episode HCLVR-219 -- More Projects »

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Fused Glass Marine Life Barrette
Next: Step 1


COE 90: clear glass, confetti, frit and stringers
barrette mold
copper foil tape
craft punches
white glue
jewelry glue
French metal barrette finding (clasp)
enamel paint
breaking pliers

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Step 1

1. Cut two pieces of clear glass approximately 1" x 4".

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Steps 2, 3 and 4

2. Punch out marine-life and other shapes from the copper foil tape using craft punches and apply to the glass. No glue is needed as the foil has an adhesive backing.

3. Flip the piece over with the copper foil shapes attached and apply a thin layer of confetti with a very small amount of glue.

4. Turn the piece over again so that the copper foil side is up. Apply more confetti.

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Steps 5, 6 and 7
Next: Step 8

5. Place the second piece of 1"x 4" glass on top of the first after applying small drop of white glue to the corners to make sure it doesn't slip during firing. Add more confetti as desired.

6. Fire to 1500-degrees to fuse the glass together in the kiln. This process takes about an hour for the firing and then 6 to 8 hours for cooling.

7. After the glass has cooled, then clean. Place the piece back in the kiln over a slump form and heat to about 1250-degrees. When the glass has achieved the desired barrette shape, turn off the kiln and let cool for about 6 to 8 hours.

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Step 8
Next: Step 9

8. Add further depth to the barrette by adding details in enamel to the glass. After the paint is dry, place the marine life barrette in a kitchen oven at 300-degrees for an hour. Let the glass barrette cool.

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Step 9

9. Apply glue to the French metal clasp (finding) and adhere to the glass marine life barrette.

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Christine Musser

Project by Christine Musser from Redmond, Wash.

Website: www.merrikindesigns.com