Friday, July 2, 2010

Pelican Beach Fused Glass Decal Pendant Tutorial








Pelican Beach Pendant

Welcome to our first monthly fused glass jewelry tutorial! Each
month, I will share a new design using our fusible glass decals.
I love to teach and share my designs with fellow glass enthusiasts. This is why
I came up with all these snazzy, glass fusing decals for your pieces!
I spend a lot of time actually designing individual pieces, rather than making
slabs and producing large batches. I have a sketch book with hundreds
of designs and with the constant new development of fusing products
I find that almost any scene can come to life using glass. This Pelican Beach
pendant was created using very little dichroic glass. Try making some
pieces without the glitzy dichroic glass, and see what your mind comes up with.
You will be surprised! Please let me know if you need any assistance
with this project! info@aaeglass.com.

Materials Needed:

Tropical Scenes Fusing Decal Sheet (DL-120)
White Fusible Glass
Blue (your choice of shade) Fusible Glass
Dichroic aqua glass
Glass Line White Paint
Frit Blend
Glue
Dremel
Paint Brush or Paint Stick
Glass cutter & breaker

Step 1: Cut your glass blanks. I used a 2"H x 1"W white opal glass blank.
For your second layer, cut a white piece of glass that is 1" x 1" for the bottom
(the beach) and a 1" x 1" blue/turquoise for the top (ocean.) Glue these pieces
to your white base piece.

Step 2: To create the beach area, I use my own frit blend. I have lots of these
made up, and this will take some planning on your part, but I love making
these blends. In this case I used "beach sand" colors of frit, put them in a
large jar and simply stirred the frit colors with a Popsicle stick to get a nice
blend. Put your blend in a container and mark the blend. This blend
is simply called "beach blend" for me and I used tan, amber, shell & black.
Take your WHITE GLASSLINE paints and spread the paint over the bottom
portion of your piece. While the paint is still wet, add your frit blend to the bottom.

Step 3: Take your Dremel (etching creme will also work if you do not
own a Dremel) equipped with your diamond tip, and literally "draw"
wavy lines in your blue dichroic glass. The dichoric side must be facing
up in order for your design to be etched into the glass! Glue the dichroic
piece to the blue part of the glass. Your underlying blue will show through
the dichoric glass you just etched revealing your wavy lines simulating
the ocean.

Step 4: Go back to your glass line white paint and use a small paint brush
or the tip of the bottle to add accents to the ocean water indicating
the surf. Do this sparingly!

Step 5: Fire your piece to a full fuse face down on a kiln washed or thin fire paper
shelf. YOU MUST WAIT FOR THE GLASS LINE PAINT TO DRY FIRST.

Step 6: Once the piece has cooled, add your clear cap and full fuse again.

Step 7: Cold work your piece with a grinder or tile saw (or both.) Fire polish
your creation.

Step 8: Apply your low-fire pelican decal from your
tropical scenes sheet. (AAEGlass for full decal
applying instructions.) LET DRY OVERNIGHT! Do NOT cap clear!
Your decal will go on your finished, fire polished piece.


Step 9: Fire your LOW FIRE fusing decal to the low fire schedule provided.
These schedules, along with full instructions, can also be found on our
website at www.aaeglass.com. Add a bail of your choice. Viola! Masterpiece!

18 comments:

  1. Thank you very much Tanya,this is fantastic!!!!!!
    a big hug
    Mildred

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  2. Wonderful, thank you for sharing.

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  3. Thank you so much. I have looked everywhere to find a place to do step by step instructions. I can not afford a class but want to learn to do this so badly. Thanks again I love it.

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  4. Thanks heaps, love your decals, just what I needed to while away the Aussie winter!!!!
    Cheers Jeweljam

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  5. Fantastic tutorial! Can't wait to try it.

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  6. Some of the decals I've used from other sources have faded and crinkled when I've fused them. Yours look nice and clear in the photo.
    Carol
    http://www.trickettglass.ca

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  7. thank you Tanya - and I'm looking forward to your Webinair!

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  8. Thank you Tanya, I love all your tutorials!

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  9. You are so awesome! You have made this so much more fun! I actually finally have monday off to play with the picasso techiniques from the webinar. I really want to thank you for getting my inspiratin mojo going again!

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge - cant wait to have a go Jackie UK xx

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  11. I have bought your decals but have been afraid to use them. With this tutorial I will finally begin. Karen

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  12. Finally I can use all the decals I have been collecting. Well, maybe... At least now I will try.

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  13. Wonderful thank you so much for sharing xox

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  14. Thank you so much for this tutorial, I am so looking forward to next months !

    Do you think you could post the ingredients for the next tutorial, so we can have what is needed ready to go, especially for us in the boon docks of Australia, sometimes it takes us weeks to get supplies.

    Thank you again

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  15. HI LOVE THE PENDENT STUPID QUESTION WHEN YOU FIRE THE PENDENT THE FIRST TIME YOU SAID FACE DOWN DOES THAT MEAN THE SIDE THE FRIT IS ON DOWN

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Everything you do is so wonderful.

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