Glass artists use several very different ways to create fused art glass gifts. Cold glass working, usually either stained glass or leaded glass, is one method that doesn’t require a kiln or other very expensive and large pieces of equipment. Glass blowing, which requires temperatures higher than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to work, is another method glass artists use. Fused glass, made in a glass kiln – similar to a ceramic kiln, although it has slightly different heating elements – is another way they produce decorative gifts. The fused glass design process is also called warm glass because it only heats the glass to temperatures up to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit.
The formation of fused art glass gifts starts with sheets or pieces of individual glass an artist cuts into shapes. Depending on what the designer has in mind, the glass may be heated to a lower temperature to simply tack fuse the pieces together or to a higher temperature to completely melt and combine the pieces. The temperature used for the glass and the length of time to hold the pieces in the kiln are important in how the final artwork looks. It can take years to perfect the craft of making fused art glass gifts.
Additional shaping may be done after the pieces are fused in a kiln. Shaping, which is also known as slumping, produces bowls, vases, cups, and plates with raised edges. The piece gets heated again in the kiln while placed over a mold. As the glass heats, it bends to conform to the mold, producing the desired shape. Molds can also produce other 3-dimensional shapes such as business card holders, incense burners, or spoon rests. The range of fused art glass gifts made from beautiful pieces of art glass is only limited by the imagination of the artist who produces them.
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There are almost limitless designs for fused art glass gifts. Because there are so many available types of pieces, there are also a large number of uses for glass works around the house. In the kitchen and bathroom, fused art glass tiles make eye-catching backsplashes behind the sinks in those rooms. Check with the glass artist to see if the bowls and plates they make can be used for serving food. Some pieces of dinnerware made from art glass are for decorative use only, especially if the glass they work with contains lead or other harmful elements that may leach into food.
Home decor items can enhance a home to look elegant and full of life and character. You can find fused art glass:
Artisans put considerable amounts of effort into each of the fused art glass gifts they create. These pieces are perfect presents for both practical and decorative use around the home.
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