Orange Basket Weave Fused Glass Plate

Orange Basket Weave Fused Glass Plate

Orange Basket Weave Fused Glass Plate

This type of fused glass plate is one of my favorites to make!  By this, I mean the basket weave design.  Before getting into fused glass creations, I used to weave baskets made out of various types of reed material.  I really enjoyed making baskets and even sold a few.  Once I started making fused glass plates, I learned a technique for creating a basket weave effect.  I also make vases using this same technique.

After cutting all the strips for the fused glass plate, I lay them out in a specific way.  I will take 1/4 of the strips and lay them down parallel to each other, then another 1/4 of the strips and lay them down perpendicular to the other strips and so on for the rest of the strips.  This gives the illusion of a basket weave.

After fusing these strips together, I then fuse them to two layers of clear glass.  This creates a substantial fused glass plate.  I love using black iridescent glass for the strips, because this glass changes colors after it is fused.  Some purple and gold colors emerge, as well as others.

Christine — Glass Artist

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Blue Basket Weave Fused Glass Vase

Basket Weave Fused Glass Vase

Basket Weave Fused Glass Vases are special to me, because I used to weave real baskets made out of reed.  So, when I started making fused glass, I soon started making fused glass basket weave vases and plates.  Granted, my basket weave glass vases and plates are not a true basket weave (gosh, should I really be telling you this :)).  They look like it, but when you look closer, you can see that some of the glass strips are on top of all the others and some are on the bottom of all the others.  To do this, I lay out one-fourth of the strips in one direction and one-fourth of the strips in the other direction and then I repeat, so I have four layers of strips.  This gives the illusion of the basket weave design.

I do have a mold where I can slump strips of glass into an “s” shape and then put straight strips of glass through the gaps, thus creating a truer basket weave design.  I will tell you more about it when I finish one of those plates!

For this fused glass vase, I used Spectrum 96 Cascadia OpalArt glass.

Christine — Glass Artist

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Orange Fused Glass Vase

.Fused Glass Vase - Godiva OpalArt Basket Weave

The fused glass vases with a basket weave design are one of my favorite glass projects. For this glass vase, I used 96 Spirit Godiva OpalArt. I cut the glass in strips and tack fused them into the basket weave design. After that I draped the glass over a stainless steel cone mold to make this fused glass vase. I made a similar one for a cousin who graduated from high school last year. One of her favorite colors is orange, so this glass was perfect. She loved the fused glass vase I made for her.

Christine — Glass Artist
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Sparkly Red Fused Glass Plate

Red Fused Glass Plate

For this fused glass plate I used red iridized glass to make the basket weave design.  The basket weave design was then fused to two layers of clear glass and the fused glass plate measures 11″ square.  I recently made a glass vase using the same red iridized glass for the basket weave design.  I didn’t fuse it to clear glass.  I put the tack fused basket weave design on top of a cone mold and draped the glass to make a fused glass vase.  I recently sold the glass vase to a Gallery.

This is one of my favorite glass plates.  You may have seen a posting of a similar plate only with black iridized glass as the basket weave design.

Christine — Glass Artist

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www.mastersglassart.com

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Red Glass Basket Weave Vase

Red Fused Glass Basket Weave Vase

 

I’ve made fused glass basket weave vases similar to this one, using black and red iridized glass, and blue and orange OpalArt glass, etc.  I made a much larger red iridized glass, using 12 inch by 1/2 inch strips, but I had trouble getting it off the ceramic cone mold and ended up breaking a couple of end pieces off.  I gave it to my mother-in-law and she is thoroughly enjoying it.

For this fused glass vase, I used 9 inch by 1/2 inch strips and used my stainless steel cone mold.  The glass vase lifts right off the stainless steel cone molds.  I love these molds, because I don’t have to use thin fire shelf paper and any vase lifts right off.  I wish they made these stainless steel molds in taller sizes :)

Christine — Glass Artist

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Red Fused Glass Vase

 

I’ve made fused glass vases like this one, but usually I use black iridized glass.  I wanted to try a bright and cheery color for spring, so I chose this red translucent iridized glass.  I love the color of this fused glass vase. 

After I fused the strips together in this basket weave design, I used a cone-shaped mold to get the vase shape.  Unfortunately, the fused glass vase hugged the mold too tightly to get it off in one piece.  After getting most of the shelf paper off, which is supposed to provide a space between the mold and the glass, I soaked it all in water to try to get the rest of the shelf paper out of the tight spaces.  However, I discovered the glass at the very top is where the problem was located.  I think the shelf paper had fallen off at this area prior to the glass touching the mold. 

Needless to say, I broke off two small pieces trying to get the fused glass vase off the mold.  I was so frustrated, because these glass vases are a lot of work.  I will be making another one, because it did turn out very nicely — I’ll just have to change my fusing schedule :)

Christine — Glass Artist

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Gorgeous Fused Glass Basket Weave Vase

Fused Glass Basket Weave Vase

I just love iridized glass!  It gives this fused glass vase a sparkle and shine!  After firing iridized glass, the different colors appear, like the purples and greens and golds!  Put this fused glass vase in the sunlight and the metallic layer really sparkles.  I love making basket weave glass art.

When someone buys one of my glass art pieces, I feel like a part of me is leaving.  However, I do tell myself that I can always make another one, but some pieces are one-of-a-kind and can’t be duplicated.  There are several glass art pieces that I have been meaning to make another one, but other projects take priority.

Christine — Glass Artist

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Basket Weave Glass Vase — Gorgeous Black Iridized Glass

Ever since I got my new large ceramic kiln with the controller, I have wanted to make this type of glass vase.  It took me awhile to fuse the glass vase, because I didn’t want to fire it until I knew how my new kiln fired.   Basically, I didn’t want to ruin it somehow. 

It turned out just like I wanted it to, however, my husband and I had a hard time removing it from the cone that I draped it over.  After an unsuccessful time of trying to get it off, I soaked the glass vase in water for a couple of days until we got around to trying it again.  It still wouldn’t come off — ugghhh…

So, my husband got out the rubber mallets and very carefully tapped on the glass vase and then turned it a little and tapped again.  I think the glass vase came off after three taps!!!  Yeah!!  And nothing broke :)

I use two layers of thin fire paper inbetween the mold and the glass, but parts of the glass had hugged the mold so much that the paper didn’t even disintegrate in the water.  I was very, very lucky!

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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Basket Weave Glass Vases

I draped two glass vases yesterday and they turned out great!  Both of them were fused into a basket weave design.  One is 8″ square and the other one is 12″ square.  The glass that I used was a black iridized glass.  I have made these before and they are very popular.  

Tomorrow we are leaving for an Art Festival in Ashland, Oregon, so we are busy packing everything.  We always ask ourselves — “what are we forgetting?”  We usually manage to forget a few things, but they are minor things that we can manage without.

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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Colorful “Windows” Glass Sun Catcher

Red Glass Sun Catcher

How do you like this Glass Sun Catcher?  This glass piece came together slowly.  I had fused two layers of clear.  I tried isopropyl alcohol to clean the glass, because someone told me it is a great glass cleaner.  The two layers of fused glass fused perfectly.  So, after that, I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to do with the glass.  So, it sat for a little while. 

For some reason, I thought I would fuse a red border on the clear and as I was cutting out the border, the rest of the design came into my mind.  I fused the red border onto the clear glass and then I added the rest of the glass. 

I thought it would be a glass sun catcher, because the sun would sparkle through the “windows.”   Tell me what you think of it!  Tell me how you would have designed it!  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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