Detail photographs of Pot Melt glass

An interesting part of producing Pot Melt and fused glass is the art that can be found close photographs. The sweeps of color cannot be duplicated with a brush and ,for the most part cannot be manipulated unless you reach into a 1700 degree kiln to rake the molten glass.

These images were produced in January and February 2014

Pot Melt detail from a disk that will be sectioned for jewelry item.
Look for the center most far away star. This is from a Pot Melt disk
This is a Pot Melt detail Green eruption
This is a closer look at Lily with enhanced color
I have included the round edges of the Pot Melt disk in order to get red anther along the top of the lily
This is the inverted image of the Green eruption.Pot Melt detail eruption II
This is a Pot Melt detail that has been color enhanced
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March pendants and pins

I have been working on some Stone Sculpture for a few weeks. This month I am showing recent Potmelt work.  See below for four pendants and four lapel pins.  Prices are posted on Pinterest at ImageImageImageImage

Lapel pins


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Glass Puddles bibliography

Glass Puddles bibliography

Library bibliography Glass Puddles

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Adams, Kimberley (Kimberley Ann), 1960-
The complete book of glass beadmaking / Kimberley Adams.
Glass beadmaking
Edition 1st ed.
New York : Lark Books, 2005.
176 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Notes            Includes indexes.
Glass craft.
Glass blowing and working.
Glass beads.
Table of contents only:
Publisher description:

Adelson, Debra.
The art of jewelry : plastic and resin ; techniques, projects, inspiration / Debra Adelson.
Edition  1st ed.
New York : Lark Books, c2008.
128 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.

Bahti, Mark.
Silver and stone : profiles of American Indian jewelers / Mark Bahti.
Tucson, Ariz. : Rio Nuevo Publishers, c2007.
212 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.

Beveridge, Philippa.
Warm glass : a complete guide to kiln-forming techniques : fusing, slumping, casting / Philippa Beveridge, Ignasi Doménech, Eva Pascual.
New York : Lark Books, 2005.
160 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm.
Related names Doménech, Ignasi. Pascual i Miró, Eva.
Glass craft.
Glass fusing.
Firing (Ceramics)
Glass art.
Notes:            Includes bibliographical references (p. 160) and index.
Electronic file info:            Table of contents only

Bone, Elizabeth.
Silversmithing for jewelry makers : a handbook of techniques and surface treatments / Elizabeth Bone.
Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, [2011].
192 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Table of contents only

Chin, Jennifer.
Hot connections jewelry : the complete sourcebook of soldering techniques / Jennifer Chin.
New York : Potter Craft, c2011.
160 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm.

Cohen, Karen L.
The art of fine enameling / Karen L. Cohen.
New York : Sterling Pub., c2002.
160 p. : mostly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Subjects:            Enamel and enameling –Technique.
Notes:            Includes index.

Dancik, Robert.
Amulets and talismans : simple techniques for creating meaningful jewelry / Robert Dancik.
Edition 1st ed.
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, c2009.
143 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Jewelry making.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 140-141) and index.

Darty, Linda.
The art of enameling : techniques, projects, inspiration / Linda Darty.
Edition  1st ed.
New York : Lark Books, c2004.
176 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Enamel and enameling –Technique.
Notes:            Includes bibliographical references (p. 173) and indexes.

Eberle, Bettina.
Creative glass techniques : fusing, painting, lampwork / by Bettina Eberle.
Asheville, N,C. : Lark Books, c1997.
152 p; : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Glass craft.
Glass fusing.
Glass painting and staining.
Glass blowing and working.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151) and index.

Gollberg, Joanna.
The art & craft of making jewelry : a complete guide to essential techniques / Joanna Gollberg.
Edition 1st ed.
New York : Lark Books, c2006.
176 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.

Hettmansperger, Mary.
Heat, color, set & fire : surface effects for metal jewelry / Mary Hettmansperger.
Edition: 1st ed.
New York : Lark Crafts, c2012.
128 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

Hettmansperger, Mary.
Wrap, stitch, fold & rivet : making designer metal jewelry / Mary Hettmansperger.
Edition 1st ed.
New York : Lark Books, c2008.
128 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Table of contents only

Lundstrom, Boyce.
Glass fusing / written by Boyce Lundstrom ; adapted from the original edition by Boyce Lundstrom and Daniel Schwoerer.
Edition: Phoenix ed.
Colton, OR : Vitreous Group, 1994-
v. <1 > : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.

McCreight, Tim.
The complete metalsmith : an illustrated handbook / Tim McCreight.
Worcester, Mass. : Davis Publications, c1982.
150 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

McCreight, Tim.
Jewelry : fundamentals of metalsmithing / Tim McCreight.
Madison, Wis. : Hand Books Press ; Cincinnati, Ohio : U.S. Distribution North Light Books, c1997.
143 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.

McCreight, Tim.
The metalsmith’s book of boxes & lockets / Tim McCreight.
Madison, Wis. : Hand Books Press ; Cincinnati, Ohio : distributed by North Light Books, c1999.
144 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Variant title : Metalsmith’s book of boxes and lockets
Portion of title: Boxes & lockets
Box making.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 136) and index.

McGrath, Jinks.
Basic jewelry making techniques / Jinks McGrath.
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, 2003.

McGrath, Jinks.
The jeweler’s directory of decorative finishes : from enameling and engraving to inlay and granualtion / Jinks McGrath ; [edited by] Debbie Bradley.
Iola, WI : KP Books, A Division of F+W Publications, 2005.

Paciello-Truty, Jackie, 1952-
Art clay silver & gold : 18 unique jewelry pieces to make in a day / Jackie Truty.
[Iola, WI] : Krause Publications, c2003.
128 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Table of contents

Warg, Pauline, 1951-
Making metal beads : techniques, projects, inspiration / Pauline Warg.
Edition 1st ed.
New York : Lark Books, c2006.
160 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Table of contents only

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Fused Glass

Fused Glass

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Fusing glass is somewhat like Stain glass but instead of using Lead Strips, or “Came”.  To put the pieces of glass together, you melt them in a kiln at about 1400 degrees. I use a Skutt Firebox FireBox8

The glass is either sheet glass, rods, and frit. Here are some examples.

Fused sheet and rod glass

The longer pieces of fused glass can be used as pendants, or window or tree decorations

On the left is an abstract with sheet and rod glass.

Fused rod glass Mixed glass for an abstract pin

The images below demonstrate that rods can be bent before adding them to the design.



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Potmelt Glass

Pot-melt is also called Aperture-melt. When first starting, I used a flower pot that is available at any nursery, the kind with the hole in the bottom. I found that the pot was usually to tall for my small kiln, so I bought only the flower pot tray that goes under the flower pot, and drilled my own hole.  Then, in order to get more intricate results I drilled two or three holes. Each hole is an aperture. Then I began to skip the pot and use a steel wire mesh or grid.


Unfired glass is placed on the wire grid and is set into the kiln which will achieve a temperature of about 1700 degrees. The melted glass flows through the grid and onto the kiln shelf below. The glass cools and the cutting and grinding follow.

There is a definite down side to using steel. As the steel cools it will let off little particles of black carbon soot that can spoil a perfectly good piece of glass. The remedy is to remove the mesh before it starts cooling. That means that you have to protect your hands with heavy, heat resistant gloves.

At the point of retrieving the mesh a pair of really long tongs are required. At 1700 degrees or more, Act quickly and get your hand out of the glove as soon as you have parked the mesh on a fire proof stand.


Colorful as it may be, this piece is unusable for jewelry.

Here you can see the result of a melt where I didn’t sufficiently clean the aperture cup. There are long strings of soot throughout.

Below are two examples of what I consider clean settings.


Glass Enamel and silver filings


I used Bronze as the main body, attached the Potmelt glass, added the Enameled chip. The crystal is amethyst.

In a silver bezel, I used sheet glass, glass stringers, powdered enamel in blue and silver filings. If you are consulting warm glass and fusing books, these filings are under the “inclusions” section.

I have three new pieces that will be in upcoming projects.


Future projects1


Future projects2


Future projects3

But next is my show and tell about Enameled glass.

Glen Gustafson

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