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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Using Fiber Paper to Modify a Fused Glass Mold

Black and white fused glass butter dish
Black and white fused glass butter dish
I was recently asked to create a fused glass butter dish based on the design of a cheese platter I had made. When I designed the butter dish I decided to make it 4.25" x 7", which was one of the standard sizes I found when looking on-line at commercial dishes. While this may be a common size for a butter dish, it's not necessarily a common size for a fused glass mold. I did have a small sushi mold that was 5 x 7.75".

There's quite often no problem slumping into a mold larger than your piece of glass. However, I did have concerns about having the edge of the dish raised sufficiently so that the butter would not spill over the side of the dish if the butter melted. To get a better raised edge, I modified the mold with fiber paper. The short tutorial below shows how it was done.

Tutorial

Mold and glass piece to be slumped
Mold and glass piece to be slumped

At left you can see the fused glass mold that I used, along with the piece of glass to be slumped.







Side profile of mold
Side profile of mold


This shows a side profile of the mold. The raised edge would be fine if the glass were cut full-size. However, because the glass was smaller than the mold, I was concerned it would not be raised enough to keep melted butter from spilling over. 





Use a sharp blade the cut the fiber paper
Use a sharp blade the cut
the fiber paper

I used a sharp blade to cut a piece of 1/4" thick fiber paper to the size of the glass. I laid the glass and fiber paper on my cutting mat (long ago stolen from my sewing supplies!) and used the glass itself as a guide for cutting the fiber paper.

Tip: For a sharp blade, you can use an Exacto knife or small box cutter.




The glass and the fiber paper rim that will be placed on the mold
The glass and the fiber paper rim
that will be placed on the mold

After cutting the outside edge, I marked a 1/4" inside my fiber paper rectangle and cut it out with the blade.

Tip: Try to cut the inside border using one continuous cut, and avoid raising the blade from the fiber paper. This will result in the smoothest inside edge. 




Fiber paper rim placed on mold
Fiber paper rim placed on mold


This picture shows the rim of fiber paper that was cut, placed on the mold. 







Ready for firing
Ready for firing


The glass is placed on the fiber paper, and into the kiln it goes for the slump.  







Back of slumped glass
Back of slumped glass


Here is the back of the finished piece, which shows the raised edge of the dish. 






Profile of slumped glass
Profile of slumped glass

And finally, here is the profile of the slumped butter dish.





I hope this quick tutorial sparks ideas about how you might modify your favorite fused glass mold to create a new and interesting shape. If you have questions, leave a comment below!

Best, Dana

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4 comments:

  1. Terrific idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial - it has gotten me to re-think my molds and see how else I can use these!

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful. Have fun creating new ideas!

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  2. Great job on the tutorial.

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  3. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. It makes me rethink some other molds I have on hand. Especially molds that are too big. Andie Tatkon-Coker

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