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Fused Pattern Bars

This is part two of a multi-part series on fusing pattern bars.  Click here to start with part one.

Begin the process of making a pattern bar by cutting the glass for the bar.  The simplest kind of bar is composed of strips of glass which are stacked or assembled in the kiln, but there are many other more elaborate configurations.  For this tip, we'll assume a fairly simple and basic pattern bar shape that uses stacked glass strips.

Because of the additional annealing time required for larger and thicker items, most pattern bars range from 1" by 1" to no larger than 2" by 2".  The length of the pattern bar can be any length, up to the maximum that will fit in your kiln. 

Start by cutting the necessary strips.  Assuming a 1" by 1" bar that is 8" long, these strips should be 8" long.  You can cut the strips whatever width you'd like, from simple 1" strips that fill up the entire width of the pattern bar to narrower strips that can be arranged however you desire.  The key is to arrange the strips so that they fill up a space that is 1" high, 1" wide and  8" long.  Standard art glass is 1/8" (3cm) thick, so a height of 1" would be 8 layers of glass.  (Adjust these dimensions if you've chosen to make a larger pattern bar than 1" by 1".)

Once the strips are cut, the next step is to dam the pattern bars in the kiln.  Click here for information on how to arrange and dam the pattern bars in the kiln.

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