Fused Glass is a technique,
thousands of years old, in which glass is brought up to molten temperature
and fused together . Using a variety of techniques of glass fusing and
slumping, artists have taken this ancient process and are using it to
create a vast array of modern glass art. Starting with glass handmade
and machine rolled, the glass is hand cut and layered upon one another
. Using different colors of iridescent and translucent glass, as well
as crushed glass, the glass is placed into a kiln and heated until the
glass reaches the molten point and it fuses together. The glass can
then be re-heated to shape and slump to make vessels bowls and other
functional glass ware.
The radical shift of colors that is produced when dichroic glass is
used, this is quite dramatic. Dichroic glass has evolved from Space
Shuttle technology and is used today in the glass art world. In a vacuum
chamber, precious metals such as gold , silver, copper are embedded
into glass . The brilliance and colors of the glass changes with the
light, giving the glass ever-changing attitude as well as a delightful
array of colors. One truly must see it to believe it .
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