Sunday, May 12, 2013

Frit Fused Glass Four Leaf Clover Dish Coaster Suncatcher

My daughter wanted to make four leaf clovers for mother's day.  I thought wrong holiday, but she liked the idea.  So we made four clovers from glass frit and topped them off with a ladybug.  Here's a photo of a finished small dish.

Fused Glass Frit Four 4 Leaf Clover Ladybug Dish
Fused Glass Frit Four Leaf Clover with Ladybug Dish

To create the four leaf clovers, I traced each clover with liquid glass. I mixed cellulose gum, mica and Bullseye crystal clear powdered frit in a plastic cup.  This mixture was then transferred to the syringe and sqeezed onto the glass.

Mica Liquid Glass Four 4 Leaf Clover Fused Frit Tile
Mica with Liquid Glass

Once the liquid glass was dry, Cece filled the inside of the clover with a mix of aventurine green and transparent green glass frit in course, medium and fine.  Just outside of the clover was filled with a mix of transparent and opaque blue and lavender glass frits.

Mica Liquid Glass Four 4 Leaf Clover Fused Frit Tile Full Fuse
Four Leaf Clover Fused Glass Frit Tile Full Fuse

The frit tiles were heated to 1475 deg Fahrenheit in the kiln to achieve a full fuse and a smooth, level surface.  The ladybugs were then tack fused in a second firing.  Some tiles became suncatchers while others became plates.

Four Leaf Clover Fused Glass Frit Dish with Ladybug
Four Leaf Clover Fused Glass Frit Dish with Ladybug

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!