Tips on Making Glass Pendants | Big Ceramic Store

This kit contains COE 96 glass which fuses at approximately 1480 degrees F.  The "dichroic" glass in this kit is COE 96 fusible glass coated with a thin film coating of brilliant metallic colors which come to life after fusing.  The dichoric glass can be fused with or without a clear glass cap.  If fired with clear glass on top of it, the dichroic colors achieve an intense and glossy finish after firing.  If fired with no clear glass on top, the dichroic colors achieve a satin finish after firing.  It is possible to create a wide variety of unique and beautiful hand crafted rounded highly polished unfaceted glass gems (cabochons) with the glass in this kit.  Below you will find the instructions to create just one example of an exciting 1" square black pendant with diagonal dichro and clear glass cap. 

Note: This portion of the project applies to the Black Magic Kit

  1. Using the glass scoring tool, score a 1 square inch of black and 1 square inch of clear glass.  (Note, this scoring tool can be used with oil, but it is not necessary to use it with oil.)  Use a ruler or other straight edge to make your line, then cut along it with the scoring tool.
  2. Gently break the pieces free.
  3. Score and break three 2/3" sections of the clear dichro noodles.  Score and break one 1/"x1/2" section of the green dichro.
  4. With a soft paper towel, clean each cut piece of glass with acetone or alcohol.  (Fingerprints and dust may be visible on the fired piece.)  It is useful to use gloves when handling the cleaned glass.
  5. Apply glass separator to your shelf.  You can also use kiln shelf paper if you have it.  (Glass separator is similar to kiln wash but a little finer.  Regular kiln wash can be used, but the back surface will be a little rougher.  When applying make sure the separator is smooth, or make a texture you wouldn't mind seeing on the back of the glass.)
  6. Place the black square on the wash/paper.  Place one dichro noodle on the top edge of the black square and one dichro strip on the bottom edge of the black square.  Place the 3rd strip of dichro noodle in the middle diagonally.  Place the square of green dichro above the bottom dichro noodle.  Gently place the clear glass cap on top of the dichro pieces directly over the black square.
This portion of the project applies to the Crystal Dreams Project:
  1. Using a proper glass scoring tool, score a 1 inch square of clear and a 1” x 2/3” piece of clear.
  2. Score and break a one inch strip of dichro noodle.
  3. Score and break one 1/3 inch by 1 inch strip of opaque blue.  Score and break one 1/3” x 1” piece  of transparent aqua blue.
  4. With a soft paper towel, clean each cut piece of glass with acetone or alcohol.
  5. With a toothpick place a tiny dot of glue under each piece and arrange them on the 1” clear square next to each other:  opaque blue, dichro noodle, trans aqua blue.
  6. Place the 1” x 2/3” clear  with a dot of glue on top of  trans aqua blue and Dichroic noodle.
For both projects, continue on:
  • Fire the glass to 1480 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for approximately 10 minutes or until the glass is completely fused together.  (You can peek into the kiln at this temperature without harming the glass.)
  • Turn the kiln off and wait for the kiln to return to room temperature before opening.
  • Wash the fused glass cabochon with warm soapy water to remove fired kiln paper or wash particles.  Dry with a paper towel.
  • Your cabochon is ready to be applied to jewelry findings with silicone or epoxy.
  • Repeat the process using your own designs.

Note: You have lots of extra glass, so now you can make your own designs!

This project provided courtesy of Stephanie O'Toole  of Creative Paradise, Inc.