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Fused Glass Coasters
These Fused Glass Coasters are one of the freshest ideas that we have to offer. Each of them are designed to be versatile for use on either formal or casual dining, and their colorful design and glass material are just perfect to add more color and sparkle to your wedding palette and reception dťcor, and make a lasting memory of your wedding day.


Your guests are bound to come from across the miles to make it to your wedding day, and what better way to say to them that their visit has been so valuable than to make sure that they'd have a great time and that they take home a wedding favor or party favor that will etch the memory of your special day in their hearts forever.


About Glass Fusing

At first glance, the colorful designs of these Fused Glass Coasters might make your guests wonder about how they were placed as such that they seem to float somewhere in the middle of the glass. But what makes these Fused Glass Coasters exceptional is the process that was used to create them.

This specialized glass coaster design was made possible by the process called glass fusing, which requires heating two or more pieces of glass using a glass kiln over high heat so that they melt and, as their name says, 'fuse' together to form into one piece of glass.1

Fused glass artists can create the most beautiful and superb final products, with shapes that range from the most basic two-dimensional figures, like fused glass tiles, from which these Fused Glass Coasters are derived, and which are similarly used as backsplash tiles, decorative panels, or inlayed in wood, to the most intricate three dimensional-shaped fused glasses, like fused glass sculptures.

How to Create a Fused Glass Coaster

Creating a fused glass tile, from which these Fused Glass Coasters are derived, involves cutting and breaking a sheet of glass into two pieces of the same size, where the first piece will serve as the top, and the other as the bottom of the tile, using a glass cutter, cutter oil, or running pliers.

Glass paint, confetti or glass shards, and frit (which refer to the broken or ground pieces of glass like powdered color glass) are then used to create the design on the 'bottom' piece the glass sheet, and topped off with the other piece of glass. These layered glasses are then placed in a kiln and fired to a full fuse temperature that's about 1450-1500 degrees Fahrenheit, increasing the temperature slowly at a rate of about 600 degrees Fahrenheit per hour.

After which, the fused glass is then annealed, or cooled down slowly until such time when the temperature of the inside of the glass matches with the temperature of the outside part of the glass, which cools down much faster as glass cools down. Annealing helps to prevent the fused glass from breaking, and itís also said that the recipe to a long lasting fused glass piece is good annealing.3

The glass fusing process will take about 6 hours and roughly 6 more hours to anneal. After such time, the fused glass is then soaked, or left on the kiln at a steady temperature for a length of time. When the fused glass has already reached room temperature, then itís ready to be removed from the kiln.

A textured indentation is then created in the middle of the fused glass tile which should help to absorb the moisture from the drinking glass rested on it. A thin cork placed on top this indentation also helps to absorb more of the drinking glassís moisture, and a cork at the bottom on the other hand helps it from scratching the tabletop.

History of Fused Glass

Fused glass has had a rich history that dates back to as early as the second millennium BC. Although only fragments and Mesopotamian cuneiform texts describing their methods of working with glass survived, most scholars agree that the first fusing and kiln casting was done by them. Glass was treated as a special material, and valued accordingly. Because of the time and techniques involved in kiln casting; i.e., model making, mold making, preparing the glass, filling the mold, kiln firing, and cleaning and polishing; kiln cast glass was prized. The Egyptians also quickly added to the body of knowledge around 1500 - 1000 BCE.4,5

Fast forward, the development of the Studio Glass Movement in the 1980s has generated a rebirth of interest in this unique art form creating a whole new era in contemporary art glass.6

References:

1. Fused Glass Tile: http://www.glass-fusing-made-easy.com/fused-glass-tile.html
2. Easy to Understand Glass Fusing Technical Terms: http://www.glass-fusing-made-easy.com/technical-terms.html
3. Annealing Fused Glass: http://www.glass-fusing-made-easy.com/annealing.html
4. Anne Collins Warm Glass Art: http://www.warmglassart.co.uk/fusedglasshistory.htm
5. Short History of Pate de Verre: http://www.emstudioglass.com/history.htm
6. Fused Glass Handbook Synopsis: Reynolds, Gil (1987): Fused Glass Handbook.(ISBN: 0915807025 / 0-915807-02-5 )