Miscellany

Fused Dragonfly Wind Chimes

By  Chandra Agostini  for  Diamond Tech

size: varies

  • Fused Dragonfly Wind Chimes
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  • Photo 2
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  • Cutting Guide 1
  • Cutting Guide 2

Materials

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks: 90 COE Fusible Opalescent Black Glass, one pack; 90 COE Fusible Shapes Dichroic Variety, two packs; Kiln Paper
  • Studio Pro Copper Foil, 1/4”
  • Fishing line
  • Decorative wire
  • Small tree branch

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Fuseworks: Microwave Kiln, Hot Mitts, Wheeled Glass Nippers
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • safety glasses
  • 1. For dragonfly body, nip 2"x3" sheet of black glass in half wearing safety glasses with wheeled glass nippers. Nip halves into strips in various widths between 1/4" to 3/8" each. Nip various strips into random sized rectangles and a few squares. Each dragonfly will need four to five body pieces.
  • 2. Place 2"x2" kiln paper on kiln base. Arrange as many body pieces as you can without them touching. Center in microwave and put lid on kiln.

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  • 3. Fuse for two-and-a-half minutes at 100% power. Wearing hot mitts, check kiln for desired rounded edges. Kiln should be glowing and glass edges should be rounded. If they aren't rounded, continue to fuse in 30-second increments at 100% power until desired shape is achieved. Allow kiln to cool on heat resistant surface for 30 minutes before using it again.

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  • 4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have fused enough body pieces to make desired number of dragonflies.
  • 5. For dragonfly wings, refer to cutting guideline to nip dichroic circles to create wing shapes. Each piece will be slightly different in shape due to the nature of nipped glass; fusing process will round all rough edges. Straight-facing dragonflies require four wings and side-facing dragonflies require two wings. (Project uses five straight facing and two side-facing dragonflies, for a total of 24 wing pieces.) Nip enough wings to make desired number of dragonflies.

    Photo 5
  • 6. Arrange wings along fused body pieces. Mix and match wing styles and colors to create various styles.

    Cutting Guide 1


    Cutting Guide 2
  • 7. Place 2"x2" kiln paper on kiln base. Arrange first complete dragonfly on kiln paper. Use guideline as general reference for placement. Wings should be touching the body.

    Photo 6
  • 8. Fuse for one minute at 70% power. Do not open microwave at this point. Fuse again for two minutes at 100% power. Wearing hot mitts, check kiln for rounded edges. Kiln should be glowing and glass edges should be rounded. If they aren't rounded, continue to fuse in 15-second increments at 100% power until desired shape is achieved. Allow kiln to cool on heat-resistant surface for 30 minutes before using again.
  • 9. To assemble, wrap fishing line around most secure section of each dragonfly. Use long enough fishing line to tie other end to tree branch. Once wrapped, tie it several times in a knot and place small amount of adhesive to secure. Let dry overnight.
  • 10. Tie each dragonfly to tree branch in equal distance from each other, yet close enough where they slightly touch. Wrap branch with pieces of copper foil for embellishment and to secure each dragonfly to tree branch.
  • 11. Wrap ends of branch with decorative wire for hanging. Wrap wire on tree branch with copper foil to secure.
  • Tip
  • 1. All microwave and kiln combinations will have different firing patterns. Be sure to take careful notes and log all fusing times for future use. This project was made using a 1000 watt microwave; please adjust firing time accordingly.
  • 2. Always wear safety glasses when nipping or cutting fusible glass.