Glass and Copper Wall Pocket

Robin Nunes from Madison, Ohio, taught herself the art of fused glass. In this project see one of her creative mixed-media pieces — a copper and glass wall pocket.

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Materials and Tools:

tested compatible fusing glass: clear, white, yellow
heavy-gauge copper wire
1/8" thick shelf paper
glass cutter
running pliers
ruler
marker
scissors
needle nose pliers

Steps:

1. Mark small triangle on white glass. Cut two pattern pieces of white glass.

2. Mark large triangle on clear glass. Cut one piece of clear glass.

3. Mark large triangle on yellow glass and cut one piece of yellow glass.

4. Clean white glass. Stack two pieces of white glass on top of each other in the kiln.

5. Mark small triangle piece on shelf paper. Cut three pieces of shelf paper.

6. Cut two pieces of shelf paper to 2" x 3/4".

7. Cut embossing design out of shelf paper.

8. Layer shelf paper on top of white glass, leaving a border of glass showing around the sides and letting the top of the paper overhang the glass. Layer in the following order: two triangles, one 2" x 3/4" strip on right side, one 2" x 3/4" strip on left side, the last triangle, and embossing design.

9. Clean clear triangle of glass. Carefully place clear triangle of glass on top of shelf paper layers. The top of the clear glass should be even with the top of the white glass. The clear glass will overhang the white glass on the side.

10. Clean the yellow glass. Carefully place the yellow triangle on top of the clear glass.

11. Fire the glass to full fuse following the manufacturer's suggested schedule for the particular glass you are using.

12. When completely cool, remove the glass from the kiln.

13. Wet the shelf paper to reduce the amount of airborne fibers. Wearing a mask, remove the shelf paper from the inside of the wall pocket and clean.

14. Cut two 24-inch-long pieces of copper wire. Thread the copper wire through the holes in the sides of the wall pocket, forming a handle. Twist and shape the ends of the wire into a pleasing shape.

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