Here is a fun fused glass soap dish project using a whimsical fish stamp from Heartfelt Creations! Supplies and directions are as follows! Because of the many specialized tools and products used to make this projects I recommend to do this project at a “Paint your own Pottery & Fused Glass Shop”. You could also to this at a paint your pottery shop with ceramic and your own stamps. Use underglaze with the stamps.
Supplies: A glass kiln, glass cutting tools, glass stamp ink, fusible glass- I used System 96 white opal glass and icicle clear glass, hipster soap dish glass mold (Slumpys.com), glass enamel paint G series non-toxic (from Colors of Earth), colored glass frit, millefiori, glass tac or hairspray
Directions: Cut your glass to fit the size of your mold, clean your glass with rubbing alcohol, prepare your glass stamp ink, using a brayer, roll it onto your stamp, stamp your fish onto your glass. When it’s dry, outline with Colors for Earth outlining black, draw your under the sea leaves, let dry. Fill in the fish and leaves with glass enamel colors of choice, let dry. Sprinkle fine blue sky transparent frit for the water, sprinkle fine light and dark amber transparent frit for the sand, put a few millefiori/murrini for little sea creatures around the plants. Use hairspray or glass tac to keep all your pieces in place. Put in kiln, fire to a full fuse. Put in hipster soap dish and slump into the soap dish shape. What a fun project! If you are feeling super creative, make your own soap to fill your dish! 🙂
What do you do with a bunch of broken glass from a glass table top? Make a bowl of course!
This was a four step process!
First: A large piece of glass needs to be cleaned with rubbing alcohol or dish washing soap and then made into frit. Frit is small chunks of glass. In this case, the frit was one inch pieces and larger. We used an old glass table top from a recycle shop and broke it up into small pieces.
Second: The glass frit was arranged into a round circle. On a kiln shelf covered with a large piece of fiber paper the glass was laid out with a flower or starburst pattern in the middle to give it some artistic interest. It was carefully checked for holes between the chunks- if the holes are too big and the pieces aren’t touching in enough places, the glass will pull apart and leave bigger holes in the piece. Any large holes were filled with smaller pieces of frit- the size of medium frit. It is important to remember that all the glass used in this project comes from the same piece of glass. As this is float glass, it has an unknown COE, coefficient of expansion and it will work best if all the pieces are from the same source. The medium frit added so much interest to the piece, because all the other pieces of frit were so much bigger.
Third: Place the shelf with the glass carefully into the kiln and fire to a full fuse. This is thick float glass, the schedule is a bit different than the glass I normally fuse. Staying too long at the highest temp causes the glass to devitrify. This took about 16 hours.
Fourth: Remove the flat piece from the kiln shelf, clean off any fiber paper powder, and put into a slump mold. Slump the piece. This took about 16 hours. And there you have it! A beautiful functional bowl for your kitchen counter! Enjoy!
What?? Paper craft and Fused Glass? How does that work?? Doesn’t the paper burn up? How do you get your stamped image to stay on the glass?
I have been fusing glass for about a year now and it started with wanting to make glass koi fish for my son’s pond bathroom (see the finished bathroom here https://hydeparkhill.com/2016/10/12/pottery-adventures-part-2/ ) it was a pottery and glass adventure! Now I am making glass dishes and glass ornaments, glass pendants, and glass this and that and the more I do, the more I want to combine it with my paper crafting skills so here are some of my pieces. 🙂 Check out my hydeparkhill.etsy.com shop! (link on the side bar)
Supplies I used: System 96 Icicle Clear fusing glass 12″ x 6″ piece cut in half, glass slumping mold (I used one from Delphi Glass called “Sweet Treat” it’s a 7 x 7 mold), Papyros glass fusing fiber paper, mold release spray, white high temperature enamel, snowflake stamps and die from the Snow Kissed Collection from Heartfelt Creations, die cutting machine, glass kiln.
Directions: Cut a piece of glass fusing fiber paper with the large snowflake die. Putting a piece of wax paper between the fiber paper and the die will help the fiber paper to come out easier. Fiber paper is more fragile than regular paper and you don’t want it to rip. Follow the directions for mixing the enamel to stamp. (There is a good video about glass stamping on Slumpys.com) Using a brayer, apply the sticky enamel to the stamp, be careful not to put too much on and stamp the top piece of glass with random snowflakes, leaving the space in the middle of the glass blank. On your kiln shelf layer a 7″ x 7″ piece of fiber paper, then the snowflake cut from fiber paper, next the blank piece of glass, the stamped piece of glass and put it into your glass kiln. Set for a full fuse. If you need a fusing schedule, please leave a comment and I will be happy to share mine with you. After it is fully fused, leave the die cut in the bottom of the glass, place the fully fused piece on top of your slump mold. Fuse to a slump temperature. When your kiln is below 100 degrees take it out and enjoy! The snowflakes are now a permanent part of the glass and will not wash off.
Below are some other versions I made with different dies! I think the results are stunning! The creative aspect of possibilities is absolutely endless. The bottom picture shows the gentle slope of the dish. Perfect for dessert, appetizers, a hostess gift, candy, endless possibilities! Enjoy!
Well, it’s finally done! My handmade ceramic and glass pond bathroom floor has been installed and grouted! It took several months to make, two days to install and 10 hours to grout! Our son loves it!! He said his favorite part is to lay on the dock and look up out the skylight at the sky and watch the clouds go by! ahahahhaha!!!! That makes me laugh!
The tile was handmade at the local “The Potter’s Shop” in Waukesha, WI. http://www.potteryinwaukesha.com To make the turtles, frogs, and water lilies I poured plaster into a bowl and after it hardened I carved into them in reverse 3-D with a Dremel tool. I pressed B-mix stoneware clay into the molds to get my turtles, frogs and lilies. I made the lily pads by using real lily pads to make molds, then pressed slabs of clay into them. I made the glass fish by cutting glass, grinding the pieces with a glass grinder and then fusing them in my glass kiln. If you want to read more about the process, check my other blog post! https://hydeparkhill.com/pottery-adventures/
We laid white thin set mortar on the floor with a notched trowel, cut up our mesh mounted tile into smaller sections and then brought them in on thin flexible boards and put them into place. The final step was to grout. We went to The Tile Shophttps://www.tileshop.com to buy the perfect color grout! (Our large stepping stone in front of the shower was purchased at the Tile Shop too!) We chose a “country blue” grout that wasn’t too dark of a blue or too light so that the tiles and fish pop instead of disappear.
The large stepping stone is in front of the shower. We did put in a heated floor, because its an “inside bathroom” with no heat ducts and it makes the room cozier! There are also no windows, we purchased a remote control skylight and put an opening up through the ceiling all the way through the attic! We picked up the Kolher urinal from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore! It was $5.00!!! Can’t beat that! This is a “galley” bathroom. There are two doors, one at each end, one goes into the master bedroom the other goes to a little alcove across from our son’s bedroom and is also near the kitchen. The master bedroom has another door that goes to the living room and a set of French doors that go to the back deck. Yes, there are locks. 🙂 We have a second bathroom, it’s in our master bedroom and backs up to this one. When you have a small house you get creative with your space, try to make the most of you space, and you try not to waste any space! Every inch counts!
The green foam thing is where our “western toilet” goes! I promise it’s not a squatty potty! The linen closet is on the dock at the moment, as we had to pull it to put in the tile. Just a bit of clean up now and re-install the toilet, linen closet, reconnect the sink and do some touch up on the wall paint. Check the last picture for the final look! But now, of course, we are thinking, it needs some ceramic cattails on the walls. 🙂 perhaps….. later! 🙂
Enjoy the Pictures!
Thank you for reading and looking at our adventures!