Friday, March 29, 2013

Undersea Gardens Plate Using 96 Cane and Sumpy's New Ripple Swoop Mold

Carrie Strope Sohayda ~ "Undersea Gardens" 12" x 6"
  • 1/4 lb 96 Fusing Canes Alternating 3 Red 2 Aqua Inner Helix
  • 1/4 lb 96 Fusing Canes Green 5 Line Inner Helix
  • 1/4 lb 96 Fusing Canes Cobalt 5 Line Inner Helix
  • Spectrum System 96 Dark Blue Transparent
  • Spectrum System 96 Clear
  • Spectrum System 96 Cherry Red Transparent
  • Spectrum System 96 Medium Green Transparent
  • Spectrum System 96 Deep Aqua Transparent
  • Slumpy's SM-6130 Ripple Swoop Mold
  • HoneyDoo Zuper Glue 
  • Mosaic Nippers
  • Fine Tip Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Glass Cutter
  • Running Pliers
  • Safety Glasses
  • Kiln
  • Papyros Shelf Paper
  • Kilnwashed Kiln Furniture
1. Begin by cutting glass and nipping cane.
•Cut two 2” x 12” and two 1½” x 12” pieces of clear glass.
•Cut two 1½” x 12” pieces of dark blue glass.
•Cut two ⅜” x 12” strips each of dark blue, cherry red, medium green, and deep aqua.
•Mark fusing cane at 2” lengths. Using mosaic nippers, cut fusing canes in each color to 2.”

2. Layout pieces according to pattern.
•For the first layer, lay down smaller piece of clear glass in the middle. On either side, place the
strips of glass on edge, and then lay down the  dark blue pieces of glass to the outside.
•For the second layer, place the two remaining pieces of clear glass on top of the dark blue, and lay the cane out across the clear piece in the middle, securing the outer pieces with a dab of glue.

TIP: If you build on a piece of cardboard, you can easily transport and load the pieces into the kiln.

3. Full fuse & then slump.

Pattern Alterations: •To eliminate strips, add ½” to
the width of the dark blue and clear rectangles.
•To avoid using kiln furniture or fiber paper dams,
cut two ½” x 2” pieces of dark blue & clear to hold
the fusing cane in the middle section.
•To prevent the fusing cane from shifting off of the base layer of glass while firing, use kiln dams
against the ends. If you don’t have dams or fiber paper, you can alter the pattern using the above
•If you want to eliminate bubbles from between the canes, space the canes so that there is a little
wiggle room between the pieces.

Suggested full fuse firing schedule:

200 dph to 1000ºF hold for 45 min
50 dph to 1250ºF hold for 25 min
500 dph to 1450ºF hold for 45 min
full to 1000ºF with no hold
200 dph to 950ºF hold for 60 min
100 dph to 800ºF with no hold
300 dph to 120ºF  with no hold

NOTE: This is a fairly conservative firing schedule, but you may need to make changes based on your kiln.

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