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Each piece is cut from art sheet glass and layered with two sheets to make it about 1/4 inch thick. The design is layered on top, with each different color cut out of compatible glass. Sometimes frit (crushed glass) or lamp-worked (torch melted) pieces are added to bring in the necessary details. The layered piece is fused at about 1520 degrees F, annealed and cooled. It is then placed on a mold, reheated and sagged at about 1300 degrees. It is again annealed and cooled. The annealing toughens the glass, making it resistant to breaking.

Glass Fusing

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Making a Balloon Suncatcher

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cutting out the pieces

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pieces cut, now to grind edges so pieces fit

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with edges sanded and fitting, cutting clear top glass

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All pieces loaded in kiln

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After firing and sagging (balloon was not sagged)

Lampworked Beads

We demonstrate lampwork beadmaking at the Sutter Buttes Gem and Mineral Society show at the Sutter County Fairgrounds in Yuba City.

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Kim demonstrating lampwork

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Lampwork Bead Display

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All pieces loaded in kiln

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After firing

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