|NOTE: Your mold should be prepared beforehand with kiln
wash. I use a small brush to get into the detail areas.
SORRY I don't have
all the intermediate steps in photos but it's really a no-brainer.... I'll
add more when I can.
1] You can either a] Fill the mold with bits of scrap art and dichroic
glass OR b] Cut a rectangle of art glass (in whatever color you want) that
just fits in the bottom of the indent. For a circle I'd just use bits of
glass.. it's ok if they overlap each other because when they melt they'll be
all one thing.
I placed a rectangle of black glass on the bottom of this one that just
fit in the bottom of the mold indent. The I filled it with bits of dichroic
and art glass.
2] Fill the mold with bits of dichroic glass, art glass, stringer and/or
frit (or all of them).
3] Cut a piece of clear glass that fits over the top OR not; depends if
you want a clear cap or not. It's easier to NOT put a clear cap as the pile
of glass is bumpy but you can balance it there if you work at it. I DID put
a clear cap on mine.
4] Full fuse at whatever temp your kiln full fuses at. I held for 1/2
hour in a kiln that I normally hold for 10 minutes for jewelry. The extra
time is to allow the glass to really melt down and smooth out the top. NOTE
TO SELF: The top you see IS the top of your buckle -- sometimes with a mold
the top is the bottom!!!
5] More than likely you will have to grind down the edges to remove any
sharp bits and to fit the glass piece nicely into the mold. It might fit
the first time you pop it out of the kiln and if it does bully for you! I
had to grind mine <smile>. After grinding, fire polish (in a kiln that full
fuses at 1540, I fire polish at 1400 and hold for 10 minutes).
NOTE: This is a large, thick piece so DO NOT crash cool or peek until the
kiln reaches 100 degrees on the cool down cycle. It is best to start fire
polishing with a cool kiln as well or it might get too hot too quickly and
crack your piece.
6] Now you have a lovely fire polished and fitted belt buckle cab and a
sturdy belt buckle finding. Time for them to be joined. Put E6000 on the
back of the cab and squish it down onto the finding. Don't use too much or
it will squeeze out the sides making for a very ugly thing.
See the article on using E6000 if you haven't already.