Techniques

An Introduction to Glass Fusing

Glass Fusing is a way to bring eclectic pieces of glass together to create beautiful contrast.

It’s a simple but effective way to play with and bold colors, shapes, and textures in your glass art.

The Basics of Fused Glass

If you aren’t familiar with fused glass you’ve come to the right place! Take a look at this short introductory video from Bullseye glass, one of the many art glass manufacturers we carry.

Fusing is one of the most commonly used techniques in the art glass world. At it’s most basic level, it involves melting and bonding different pieces of glass together to form interesting new patterns and textures. It’s a fun way to start experimenting with glass art, and there’s never a shortage of fusing techniques and materials to combine.

Understanding Art Glass COE

Different types of glass have different viscosity levels, measured in COE (coefficient of expansion). No two COE’s should be fused together, since their conflicting properties will cause them to crack as they cool. This is why so many glass fusing artists will stick to a single brand of glass, like Bullseye or System 96.

So, Where Should You Begin?

We always recommend taking at least one class before embarking on a glass fusing journey solo. You can browse our next available classes here.

If you want a little more reading material, we have amazing books and DVD’s for anyone willing to learn.

And of course, we have all the glass fusing materials you could want (and then some).

We have everything you need to create a fused glass masterpiece. Whether you’re a beginner seeking an introductory class, or a seasoned pro ready to purchase your own glass kiln, Ed Hoy’s has everything you need to bring your artistic vision to life.

Visit our store in Warrenville, IL or shop online for beautiful, affordable glass art supplies.