Stars & Swallows Earrings

Materials

  • Delphi Gold Plated Round Cabochon Mini Links, two
  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks Contempo Fuse Art Decals
  • Diamond Tech Opalescent White Fusible Glass, 90 COE, scrap
  • Gold jewelry findings, two each: headpins, earring wires
  • Westrim Black Tie Bead Box Seed Beads: white, eight; gold, two
  • Nunn Design Star Decorative Details

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks: Microwave Kiln, Kiln Paper, Glass Cutter; Studio Pro Running Pliers
  • Microwave oven
  • Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire cutters
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, black marker, soft cloth, scissors, heat-resistant gloves or oven mitt, wet paper towel, bowl of water

Directions

STEP 1

  • Place sheet of white fusing glass on clean flat cutting surface with smooth side facing up.

STEP 2

  • Use black marker to draw line on glass 3/8” from edge of glass. Beginning at one edge of glass, hold cutter firmly in one hand and push cutter gently and evenly across glass surface. Decrease pressure slightly as you reach opposite edge of glass; lift cutter off glass at end.

STEP 3

  • Hold glass in one hand with score facing up. With other hand, center score line in jaws of running pliers about 1/2” onto glass surface. Apply pressure to handles until score runs and glass separates into two pieces.

STEP 4

  • Cut strip into four 3/8”x3/8” squares; clean and dry with soft cloth.

STEP 5

  • Cut 2” square of kiln paper to fit base of microwave kiln. Place paper on kiln base.

STEP 6

  • Arrange two 3/8” white squares on top of kiln paper about 1/2” apart. Place second square on top of base square at 90º angle so corners of top square are positioned in center of each side of base square.

STEP 7

  • Carefully place kiln base with glass in center of microwave oven. Place lid on top of base. (Note: Designer used 1000 watt and fused for 2-1/2 minutes at 100%. Every microwave oven and kiln will vary.)

STEP 8

  • When microwave time has expired, use heat-resistant gloves or mitts to carefully open lid. If glass is not fused to liking, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until fused. Never touch glass. (Note: HOT glass looks like COLD glass, BE CAREFUL!)

STEP 9

  • When desired results have been achieved, use heat-resistant gloves to remove kiln from microwave oven and set on heat-resistant work surface. Let cool for 30-45 minutes. Do not leave lid off kiln for extended period of time during this stage. Removing lid may cause glass to crack.

STEP 10

  • Once glass has cooled completely, remove fiber paper from back of fused project by rubbing surface with wet paper towel or cleaning project under warm water.

STEP 11

  • Using scissors, cut two swallows and two 1/4”x1/2” sections of tree from Contempo decal sheet. Cut few tiny slits around edge of each decal; this will help decal set onto rounded surface.

STEP 12

  • Place decals in bowl of water for approximately 30 seconds. Slide backing paper away from decal so it rests against glass surface. (Note: The decal should slide off backing paper easily; if not, let it soak longer.) Use paper towel to pat moisture from decal and glass. If air bubbles appear, smooth them out with your finger. Apply all decals and let dry thoroughly before firing.

STEP 13

  • Cut 2” square of kiln paper and place on base of kiln.

STEP 14

  • Place two pieces of glass on top of kiln paper with decals facing up; carefully place in microwave. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on fusing guide on decal packaging to fuse in microwave.

STEP 15

  • When microwave time has expired, use heat-resistant gloves to carefully open lid. If white residue is visible on decal, return kiln lid to base and place in microwave for 30 second intervals until white residue disappears. Never touch glass.

STEP 16

  • Allow glass to completely cool for 30-45 minutes before removing from kiln.

STEP 17

  • While glass is cooling, thread two white beads, one gold bead, and two white beads on headpin. Using chain-nose pliers, bend wire over pliers to 90º angle. Grasp headpin with round-nose pliers; pull wire up and over top of round-nose pliers to form full loop. Nip long end of wire with wire cutters to close loop. Slightly open loop and hook bead strand onto cabochon; squeeze to close. Repeat for second earring.

STEP 18

  • Attach earring wires to top of cabochon following process used in Step 17.

STEP 19

  • Adhere star to bottom head of each headpin. Adhere each piece of glass to front of cabochon; let dry.

Tip

  • 1. Do not use a self-lubricating style cutter with oil when cutting glass. Oil of any kind on the surface of the glass may destroy your glass or cause breakage when fired.
by Lauren DiSanza for Diamond Tech
Stars & Swallows Earrings
Stars & Swallows Earrings