|Before: Broken Plate|
This piece of glass was reclaimed Cathedral glass. We tried to slump it into a bowl and the glass very nicely demonstrated the trouble with using reclaimed glass in the kiln. Reclaimed glass is even more unpredictable than other glass and it is more difficult to control when firing.
|After: Bracelet by GeltDesigns|
We decided to cut up the glass and make it into a bracelet.
Wash the glass with glass cleaner to remove kiln wash and other dirt, grease and grim.
Cut the glass using a glass cutter into three -1-1/2 inch square glass pieces.
File the edges of the glass smooth using a diamond hone, diamond files or a glass grinder.
Drill two holes in two of the glass pieces using a drill and diamond coated drill bits. The holes are needed to attach the chain to the glass.
|Eye of Glass Clasp by GeltDesigns|
Use a hole saw to drill a hole in the center of the third glass piece to create the eye of the clasp for your bracelet.
Drill a second smaller hole in the glass piece; the second hole should be the same size as you drilled in step 4. This second hole is used to attach the chain to the glass.
|Glass Clasp by GeltDesigns|
Fire polish the glass in the kiln.
Make or purchase the chain and the findings. We made an "S" chain from 16-gauge round brass wire. We also made a "hook" for our hook and eye clasp.
Attach the chain and findings to the glass pieces.
|Boxed Bracelet by GeltDesigns|
Make Your Own Hook & Eye Clasp
Make Your Own "S" Chain
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How to Care for Your Wire Wrapping Tools
How to Use a Wire Rounder or Cup Burr
How to Straighten Wire
Related Glass Tutorials
How to Drill Glass
How to Cut Fused Glass with a Tile Saw
How to Slump Glass
How to Add Oil to a Glass Cutter
How to Prepare a Slump Mold with Kiln Wash for Fused Glass
How to Make a Slumping Mold
How to Remove Devitrification from Fused Glass
Repurpose Empty Wine Bottles
How to Melt Wine Bottles into a Bead
How to Melt Wine Bottles into a Cheese Tray
How to Melt Wine Bottles into Jewelry
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Other NJAD Projects
Make a Kiln Formed Bracelet
Make a Glass Charm Necklace
Make Recycled Glass & Sterling Silver Earrings
"Warm Glass: A Complete Guide to Kiln-Forming Techniques: Fusing, Slumping, Casting"; Philippa Beveridge, Ignasi Domenech, Eva Pacual; 2005.
"Contemporary Warm Glass: A Guide to Fusing, Slumping & Kiln-Forming Techniques": Brad Walker; 2000.
"Fused Glass Handbook"; Gil Reynolds; 1987.
"Fuse It - 18 Fused Glass Projects": Petra Kaiser; 2007.
"Innovative Adornments - Introduction to Fused Glass & Wire Jewelry"; Jayne Persico; 2002.
"Richard La Londe: Fused Glass Art and Technique"; 2006.
New & Noteworthy
"Contemporary Fused Glass"; Brad Walker; 2010.
"Microwave Kiln Techniques: For Fused Glass Jewelry, Stained Glass Projects and Silver Clay"; Geneva Perkins.
Day 25. Week 4. Jewelry from Found Objects. $ spent: 0
Found materials: Broken glass plate
New Jewelry a Day.