Having learnt my lesson about compatible glass I have put together two trivet-sized pieces. Several days out of the kiln, they are still crack-free and providing quite a boost to my glass education.

The first, a conglomeration of scrap and sample pieces of opaque glass and clear bullseye tekta has, I think, quite an Art Deco feel about it.

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Those of you with some experience in fusing will recognize my mistake in placing two of the red squares in the ‘accent’ layer too close to the corners. As well as distorting the piece into an elongated diamond rather than a square, they also appear to have run over the edge rather than staying on top.

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Rather than seeing this as a fault, my other half quite liked the quirky, handmade look this conveyed. I can live with that…
The second piece was more technically successful.

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This was formed from two layers of clear tekta glass with copper sheet strips sandwiched in between. The coloured squares were cut slightly smaller than the clear windows in between the copper and laid on top.
I like this piece best although the copper has stopped the glass flowing as fluently as it has in the spaces in between giving it the looked of a tied parcel! I like the dark red/purple colour the copper has turned.
Both pieces were fired on a slow, full fuse auto program but I wonder if a medium program would produce less distortion?