HANDMADE FUSED GLASS
Fusing was the primary method of making small glass objects for approximately 2,000 years .While glass working in general enjoyed a revival during the Renaissance, fusing was largely ignored during this period.
Modern glass fusing is a widespread hobby but the technique is also gaining popularity in the world of fine art.
Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass.
Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures 593–677 °C (1,099–1,251 °F) is called slumping.
Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures 677–732 °C (1,251–1,350 °F) is considered "tack fusing". Firing the glass at the higher spectrum of this range 732–816 °C (1,350–1,501 °F) is a "full fuse". All of these techniques can be applied to one glass work in separate firings to add depth, relief and shape