I have been fusing glass for about 25 years, taking classes here and there but mainly just playing and experimenting. Trial and error, and error..... I feel the culmination of this experience is my kaleidoscope glass which employs all my ability into one piece. I would like to outline the process of making this glass to illustrate its complexity.
KALEIDOSCOPE GLASS PROCESS
1) I cut strips from different colored sheet glass and stack into bars approx. 2 inches x 16 inches.
2) I melt these bars in a kiln to be used later as detail in another set of bars. (15 hrs. in kiln)
3) Using a diamond saw, I cut these bars into chunks. Each bar takes approx. 1 hr. to saw.
4) Using triangular molds, I make more complex bars using the previous bar pieces in the design. (26 hrs. in kiln)
5) The triangular bars are then sawn into pieces.
6) I take these triangular pieces and set them into designs and melt again at over 1500 degrees F. (26 hrs.+ in kiln)
7) If the glass is to be shaped into a bowl or other form, it is set into the mold, and back into the kiln for the 4th time. (16 hrs. in kiln)
At this point, the process takes nearly 100 hrs. This does NOT include the time it takes to cut the glass or plan out the designs.
My total production is about three 10" bowls or one large piece PER WEEK.