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