Glass Fusing Tutorial: Candy Cane Christmas Tree Ornament
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This beginner-friendly fused glass tutorial will show you how to make an adorable Christmas tree ornament for your own tree! This quick and simple project will walk you through making a cute little tree, surrounded by sweet candy-cane glass Zanfirico cane and capped with a yellow star murrine.
You will need:
|COE 90||COE 96|
Cut your green sheet glass into small triangles. Start by marking one-inch measurements down one side for the base of your triangle, then mark the other side in the same way but off-set by half an inch for the peak. Use a marker to connect the base and the peaks, then cut down your marker lines and carefully break the glass into triangles. You can also make your triangles thinner or wider, depending on how you like your trees.
Cut the tip off one of your triangles to form the base of the tree. This will leave a flat surface for the top of the tree to rest on. Place the smaller sheet glass square on top of the large one, keeping an equal amount of space on all sides for the border, then put your tree in the middle of the top square diagonally.
Decorate your tree! Start with a yellow star murrine at the top and a couple brown dots under the tree for the trunk, then sprinkle a few snowflake murrine around to complete the winter scene. You can also put small frit balls or white stringer on top of the tree to represent snow on the branches for more effect.
Put your cane shorts around the border, in the extra space between the small and large sheet glass squares. You may need to trim some of the cane so they don’t stick out at the corners, but these scraps can be used in the next step. Getting the cane to stay put can be tricky, this is where the Glastac comes in handy.
Make the hook by placing two small sticks of clear sheet glass diagonally at the top of your ornament, and one on top of them horizontally in a sort of table shape. This will form a loop that you can string the ornament from while hanging. You can leave it clear or decorate it with your small scraps of cane and murrine.
|Rate (degrees/hour)||Temperature||Soak (hold time)|
|As Fast As Possible||900°F/480°C||20 minutes|