Last month I finished my Chequer large round fused glass art sculpture.

Designed in my unique Hard Edge Glass style, it's a large glass disc or roundel, held on a custom-made wrought iron stand.

This is the first piece I've made using my new Cricut. A Cricut is an electronic cutting machine that can cut my pattern pieces in vinyl. I then stick the vinyl on the glass to cut more accurately.

With 92 pieces of coloured art glass to cut, it really made a difference!

There's an interesting selection of work in progress videos below, showing some of the different stages of production from

- printing out my design

- cutting curves in glass

- breaking glass with Silberschnitt breaking pliers

- accurately fitting the 92 glass pieces together

- preparing the cut glass sections for the kiln, including washing, drying and cleaning them with alcohol

- building the design in the kiln ready for fusing

- preparing the fused disc ready for noodles & stringers

- and the final piece just out of the kiln

If you'd like more details on this Art Glass sculpture, please take a look here for the Chequer sculpture photos and specification.



  • Glass Art by Linda said:

    Hi Alastair, This is my noodle/stringer process:
    I ensure that the piece is really flat, by lightly sanding it, and very clean.
    I clean the stringers and lightly sand one side if they want to roll.
    I use a tiny amount of glasstac (I think people use too much glue!) I allow the glue to dry thoroughly… often overnight
    I double-check that the kiln is level.
    And, I have a tried and tested kiln schedule.
    I’ve only lost one stringer in the last year – and that was when I didn’t let the glue dry long enough :(

    March 23, 2023

  • Alastair Heath said:

    Hi Linda
    I love your work. Colours and design. How do you prevent your stringers moving when fusing?
    I’ve had problems even when using glass glue.

    March 23, 2023

  • Glass Art by Linda said:

    Hi Jessi, putting the clear glass on the top keeps the lines of the design more crisp and straight.
    As long as the pieces of the design fit together quite closely, they will remain exactly where I’ve put them, with the clear glass “protecting” them!

    February 24, 2023

  • Jessi said:

    I just love your designs and colors! Why do you put the clear glass on top rather than below the design?

    February 24, 2023

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