|Fused Glass Mermaids Swimming at Dusk|
The ocean on the base glass was created by stacking many shades of Bullseye transparent blue glass on a clear background. The sky was created with a piece of iridescent glass rated curious by Bullseye. A curious rating means that the glass does not perform as expected. In this case it turned almost lavender after its second firing.
|Fused Glass Ocean Water Sky Background|
|Original Mermaid Sketch for Fused Glass|
It is very difficult for me to cut glass on an inside curve. To overcome this I could buy a Taurus Ring Saw or I could make the tail in pieces. I chose the cheaper route. Each tail was cut in pieces and then glued together. I placed a small piece of clear kind of like one would use scotch tape. I made extra tails just in case. I planned on taking these pieced tails to a full fuse on fiber paper but thought why not also add texture.
|Fused Glass Crackle Technique for Mermaid Tails|
A tutorial on adding this crackle texture technique is available on Glass Fusing Made Easy and it was really easy. Just sift some glass powder on to fiber paper and spritz with water. Then let dry and gently move the fiber paper to create cracks. Anything you place on top will pick up the cracked glass powder. Very cool.
|Fused Glass Mermaids before Firing to a Contour Fuse|
After reshaping the tails on the grinder, I added hair in shades of brown and a bikini tops in lavender, even a little dichroic glass for earrings.
|Fused Glass Mermaid Swimming in an Ocean of Blues|
Underneath the ocean, the mermaids still swim.