Fused Glass Flower Magnet

Kate Gadd fuses green, blue and opal-orange glass together to create a flower magnet.
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Materials and Tools:

glasscutter, running pliers and tile nips
white craft glue
toothpicks
tweezers
Amazon green opaque fusible glass
opal-orange glass rod compatible with fusible glass
medium blue glass rod compatible with fusible glass
kiln
fiber paper or kiln wash for shelf
1/2" round magnet
glue for glass and metal

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Steps:

1. Cut a 1" x 1" square of Amazon green glass. This is called the blank.

2. Clean the green glass blank thoroughly with a wet cloth and dry with a lint-free cloth.

3. Cut five slices from the medium blue rod and one slice from the opal orange rod with tile nips.

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4. Apply a small amount of glue to a piece of scrap paper. Pick up the opal orange slice with the tweezers, lightly touch it to the glue, and place it in the center of the green glass blank.

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5. Glue the medium blue slices in a circular pattern around the orange center to represent flower petals. Allow the glue to dry for 15-20 minutes.

6. Fusing:

  • Place the glass flower in the kiln, slowing raising the temperature over two hours until it reaches 1450-degrees.
  • Let the glass soak at this temperature for 5-minutes.
  • Over the next 45 minutes, lower the temperature in the kiln to 960-degrees and let the glass soak for 25 minutes.
  • Then let the kiln cool to room temperature.
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7. Remove the glass flower piece and clean thoroughly under running water. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

8. Apply a small amount of glass and metal glue to the back of the magnet. Press the magnet onto the back of the fused glass flower piece. Let dry for 72 hours.

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