Use basic glass cutting skills and a mixture of opalescent and transparent glass elements on a clear glass blank. Experiment with layering glass and volume control while making a groovy glass tile. Make this project more challenging by using an opalescent glass blank as your base.
4GBS-6-100S-ICE-F 6 In. Square Clear Ice Transparent Assorted Opalescent and Transparent Glass Blocks
ST352 Pistol Grip Glass Cutters ST340 Running Pliers Elmers Blue Gel Glue
Toothpicks Small Cups for Glue
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1. Cut various sized squares and rectangles from an assortment of transparent and opalescent Glass Block colors. Don't worry about accuracy - quirky shapes are part of the appeal.
2. Place the largest shapes on the Glass Blank in a pattern you like, using a pinpoint of Elmer's Glue to secure them to the Glass Blank. Fill gaps larger than 1/4" but don't worry about smaller gaps. Affix smaller shapes on top of larger ones, and still smaller ones on top of those. For best results, no more than 4 layers per stack.
3. Contrasting color choices make a more dramatic design. Keep in mind that transparent glass colors allow the color below to show through, so plan accordingly and use this to your advantage.
4. Let dry and full fuse. Stacks of squares and rectangles will create softer concentric shapes when full fused.
Challenge your more advanced glass customers by having them work on an opalescent glass blank. This forces them to think about your light and dark color choices and to use opalescent and transparent glass strategically to create a successful design.