How to Make a Fused Glass Confetti Barrette
Materials and Tools:
COE 90: clear glass, confetti, frit and stringers
copper foil tape
French metal barrette finding (clasp)
- Cut two pieces of clear glass approximately 1" x 4".
- Punch out marine life and other shapes from the copper foil tape using craft punches. Peel off the foil's adhesive backing and apply to one piece of glass.
- Flip the piece over with the copper foil shapes attached and apply a thin layer of confetti with a very small amount of glue.
- Turn the piece over again so that the copper foil side is up. Apply more confetti.
- Place the second piece of 1"x 4" glass on top of the first after applying a small drop of white glue to the corners to make sure it doesn't slip during firing. Add more confetti as desired.
- Fire to 1500 degrees F to fuse the glass together in the kiln. This process takes about an hour for the firing and then 6 to 8 hours for cooling.
- After the glass has cooled, clean the piece. Place the piece back in the kiln over a slump form and heat to about 1250 degrees F. When the glass has achieved the desired barrette shape, turn off the kiln and let cool for about 6 to 8 hours.
- Add further depth to the barrette by adding details in enamel paint to the glass.
- After the paint is dry, place the barrette in a kitchen oven at 300 degrees for an hour. Let the glass barrette cool.
- Apply glue to the French metal clasp (finding) and adhere to the glass barrette.
Christine Musser, Redmond, Wash.