The older elementary art students made Glass Fused Mirrors as their last project of the year.
Working with glass is always fun and a bit challenging. We started by going over the basic of how glass fusion works and some safety rules:
- Cut on smooth side.
- First cut is a score line – cut from one edge to the next.
- Hold it straight up and down to make contact with glass.
- Use running pliers to break the glass – To adjust the pliers, screw it on then back off a bit. Works best when equal amounts on both sides of the pliers. For multiple lines, start in the middle and break into halves.
- If it doesn’t break, flip over and try on same line from the backside.
Layer glass pieces smooth side up to avoid bubbles.
Glue: Super glue burns off at 400 degrees. Glue on edges not center so it has a way to escape.
Sharpie: Black Sharpie burns off. Colors do not.
We then made our glass frames. We did this by constructing two layers and tack fusing them together and adding embellishments. As a final touch, I glued mirrors to the back of the frames.
As you can see, they turned out beautiful.