Glass fusing with ferns: the main job

Having tried out a few different techniques for glass fusing with ferns, and finalising the best, I have now moved on to the main reason for all this, the insert for the oak tray I am currently carving.

I started with 3 ferns coated with green glass powder.

These were fused to a sheet of clear glass.

With the carbon residue from the ferns themselves removed, this left the glass powder behind, reflecting the fern shape and form.

Next the sheet was turned upside down and a sheet of opaque white  glass put on top, as the background.

This meant that what was to become the top surface was against the kiln plate. The reason I did it this was around was to give the top surface a textured finish to match the fern feel. The glossy, shiny top surface of the glass in then on the bottom and hidden.

The result is below:


I  have tried to show the silk surface texture in this picture.

All I need to do now is complete the oak tray which this will be inserted into.







2 thoughts on “Glass fusing with ferns: the main job”

  1. Hi
    Very interesting. Can I ask did you prepare the ferns in any way as I have tried this type of technique and cannot get a clean image.

    1. Hi Jazz
      Yes, I pressed the ferns in an old book press for a couple of days. It made it much easier to stick the glass powder to the ferns.

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