How Do You Make Fused Glass Jewelry?

How Do You Make Fused Glass Jewelry?

Fused glass jewelry involves attaching sheets of glass to each other using heat. The following instructions are for a basic fused glass pendant. You need glass sheets, glass scraps or focal beads, shelf paper, glue and a fused glass set up.

  1. Cut the glass sheet

    Cut the glass sheet into the desired shape approximately 2 inches long. Use a glass grinder to smooth out the edges. Cut another piece about 1 inch long and half the width of the first. This is the bail.

  2. Form the bail

    Cut the shelf paper into strips 1 1/2 by 1/8-inch. Glue this strip 1/2-inch from the top of the pendant.

  3. Attach the bail

    Apply a dot of glue to the top of the shelf paper. Place the bail over this. Leave enough room on either side for the glass to melt and create a loop. Fuse the pendant in the kiln for 25 minutes at 500 degrees F. Allow the pendant to cool for 24 hours, then remove the shelf paper.

  4. Decorate the pendant

    Glue focal beads or glass scraps to the pendant in the desired design.

  5. Fire the pendant

    Use the soft fuse method to attach the focal beads or glass scraps: 15 minutes at 900 degrees F. Allow to cool for 24 hours.

  6. Complete the necklace

    String a chain, tether or ribbon through the bail on the back of the pendant.