Almond and Green Fused Glass Vase

Fused Glass Vase

Guess how tall this fused glass vase is!  Nope…sorry… it is 10.5 inches tall!

This fused glass vase is one of the highest vases I have made.  Needless to say, there are a lot of steps to making it.  There is a total of five layers of glass, plus the green glass lace.  There are three layers of glass in the base of the fused glass vase.

First, I fused three of the five layers of glass together, then, I fused the other two layers of glass to the first three layers.  The diameter of these five layers was 8 inches.  I placed these five layers of glass onto my drop ring mold, which was propped up 10 inches.  I put it in the kiln and watched the glass as it dropped through the ring mold to the shelf.  When the glass dropped as far as I wanted it to, I turned off the heat, so it wouldn’t drop any further.  I let the kiln continue with the firing schedule until it was all done.

Next, I fused three layers of glass to make the base for the fused glass vase.  The base gives the vase more stability.  Then, I tack fused the base to the vase.

This fused glass vase is lovely sitting on a table or shelf just by itself.  However, you can use it for fresh or dried flowers.

Christine – Glass Artist

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6 Responses to “Almond and Green Fused Glass Vase”

  1. Sarah C. Says:

    Hi there,
    I am new to glass fusing and was wondering what the firing schedule is for a vase like this. How thick is the fused glass piece.
    It really is a beautiful piece.

    Sarah C.

    • glassart Says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Since you are new to fusing, you should start out with some smaller vases and work your way up to this one. Start out with two layers of fused glass and slump a 4″ vase. For each 2″ you add to the height of the vase, add another layer of glass. The vase in this post has five layers of glass and is 10″ tall.

      For a 4″ vase, the slumping temp. is somewhere between 1225 to 1250 degrees. Watch the vase drop until it reaches the shelf and then anneal it.

      Thanks,

      Christine

  2. Kim Says:

    Gorgeous vase!
    I love it and the colors are beautiful.

  3. cindy Says:

    I fell in love with this style of vase. I had to try it for myself. Lot’s of disasters. My most recent problem is tack fusing the base. First I was doing the tack the same time as the drop…ended up off-center. Then i tacked by glueing the base and running my programmed tack. 1 success. but it took 4 hours. So i tried ramping up to 1200 afap and holding for 10 min. I have done this twice and both times the base cracked. Went back to my preprogrammed tack. This time the perfect based puddled onto the base and became very thin. Do you have a schedule for the tack part of this project? Thank you for the inspiration. cw

    • glassart Says:

      Hi Cindy,
      Sorry for the late response to your question. You still need to anneal after tack fusing the base to the vase like you did when you made the vase. After the tack fuse is done, I hold at 950 degrees for Spectrum Glass and 900 for Bullseye Glass for 2 hrs. and 30 min. for the 10″ high vase. This may be too much, but I would rather error for too long of a hold. Then I go down to 700 degrees at a rate of 75. Then I go down to 400 at a rate of 200 degrees. These are just the numbers I discovered from doing some research on long annealing times.

      Your base probably cracked, because you didn’t anneal it. I’m not sure why your vase puddled and became very thin. Are you sure you did a tack fuse and not a different one? Going up higher than 1200 degrees will soften the glass of the vase and it will continue to drop. That is the only thing I can think of as to why it did this.

      Good Luck!
      Christine


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