Fused Glass Vases from Shimmering Glass are probably the most challenging and fun pieces to create. We love working with all types of fused glass art, bowls, dishes, plates and jewelry, but we are proud of the wide variety of styles, shapes and designs you will find in our collection of fused glass vases.
There are several styles of vases we create at Shimmering Glass, each unique and beautiful in their own right. Fused Glass Handkerchief Vases gets their name from the shape they form in the slumping process. This is a vase shape that would remind you of the look of a handkerchief pulled from the top of a box . Square pieces of fused glass are slumped over a steel form which helps to give shape to vase, as the glass reaches peak temperature of 1250 degrees, it begins to fold upon itself, the base forming tightly to the steel mold while the the outer edges form peaks at the top of the vase.
When you use a round shape and slump in the handkerchief style, the resulting shape is very different. If you heat the kiln to just the right temperature and have the right size piece of glass and mold, the resulting vase almost appears to be 'blown' and doesn't look like a fused glass vase at all. The glass doesn't seem to fold quite as much and it takes more of the cylindrical shape of the mold.
Fused Glass Ribbon Vases - One day while working on a Handkerchief style vase we had an idea to do something a little different with the glass. Instead of simply using a square shape like we would normally with this style of vase, we fused a ring of glass around the square, leaving an inch or two between the "ring" and the square, while connecting the two with pieces of glass that would eventually fuse together to form what looks like a square with a wheel and 'spokes' conceiting the wheel with the square. Slumping was done just like a handkerchief vase but the final results couldn't have looked more different. In fact every fused glass ribbon vase we have created looks very different from the one before.
Ribbons of glass seem to flow, fluid like throughout the body of the vase, reaching up toward the top, twisting, turning merging and melting into the vase to form a beautiful shape.
Fused Glass Ribbon vases are handkerchief vases with what look like ribbons of glass fused into and around the top of the vase adding a lovely, artistic 'touch' to the finished piece of fused glass art. Shimmering Glass offers a variety of colors fused glass ribbon vases in various sizes.
Fused Glass Drop Vases are something else entirely, starting with a piece of fused glass in just about any shape, placing the glass on a mold with a hole in the center, the kiln is heated until the glass becomes very soft and begins to stretch thru the hole in the center. This type of fused glass vase can be finished in a number of different ways and the results change the final piece completely. Check out our huge collection of Fused Glass Drop Vases inside the Shimmering Glass Shop.
While the glass stretches thru the hole in the center of the mold, you can either stop the kiln and the drop process which leaves the glass with a rounded end, or you can continue to allow the glass to 'drop thru the hole' in the mold until it hits the floor of the kiln, pooling on itself and creating a flat base which will serve as a stable support, allowing you to present the vase without some kind of display stand normally used with other types of drop vases.
Dropping a vase is a difficult process and one that has to be done carefully, but the results can be amazing. Heat the kiln to 1325 degrees after you have placed your glass on the mold you plan to use. Round or square, even triangle is fine. The size of the hole in the mold will help determine the length of time the drop will take. And of course the taller you want to create the vase, the time will increase as well.
The thickness of the glass is very important, it needs to be thick enough to allow you to stretch the glass without making it too think and fragile, but not so thick that stress builds up in the glass and causes it to break. Fiber rope and felt can be used to give special shape and form to the top of the vase. The idea is to be creative, step outside the box and do something different. Take a risk. It's only glass - if it breaks, start over.
The best thing to do when dropping a vase is go slow. Ramp up the kiln slowly, that means you heat the kiln slowly at 150 to 200 degrees an hour and let the glass soak at critical stress points to avoid stress and breakage. But whatever you do, have fun. Working with fused glass is an art form to be enjoyed between you and your partner. Create together and enjoy what you give back to the world in the form of your art, and whatever you do, wherever you go, be sure to "Put a little shimmer into your life with Fused Glass Vases from Shimmering Glass.