What is glass fusion?
Glass is one of the oldest materials which has been used for centuries in arts, crafts, architecture, and in recent time in the preservation and packaging of valuable groceries. We are more and more encouraged to use glass in everyday life to keep the planet safe. Glass is not just good material for recycling but also an excellent material for creating different arts and give us artist endless opportunity to express our imagination.
Glass fusing is a technique in which two or more pieces of glass are bonded together in glass kilns at high temperatures. The temperatures which are reached are up to 900 C. It is a great skill to know which temperature is suitable for different projects.
There are different types of glass that can be used according to the grading of glass which is measure with the Coefficient of Expansion (COE). It is simply a measurement of the rate that glass will expand and contract when it is heated and cooled.
In Amalgam glass studio, we use a few different types of glass. Float glass or popularly called window glass and art glass which is softer glass from which most of our jewellery is made.
Dichroic glass is used on sparkling parts in our jewellery piece which can give a different dimension to each item.
Dichroic glass, commonly called dichro for short, is glass coated with very thin layers of metal oxides and it literally means in Greek "two coloured." It was thus named because of its fantastic multicoloured and reflective properties. When you look at this glass, thin layers produce different colours, so it appears to have more than one colour at the same time, which can be seen when viewed in certain lighting conditions.
Glass can come in different shapes, like powder in colour, stones, canes, blocks, etc. This gives us designers more possibilities, creativity, and inspires us to push the boundaries and discover each day new possibilities in the creation of our products.
We cut glass, colour it, and create a design all by hand. Some of our glass we recycling to use in different projects.
Each item is unique, and hand made.
There can be only similar objects but none of them is the same.