Using Fiber Paper as an Inclusion
to Make a Pocket Vase
This is one of a
series on fiber paper inclusions in glass. To start at the beginning,
A pocket vase is a vase made of two pieces of glass (often
clear) that are fused together on three sides and used to hold a
plant or similar item. Generally, the vase is made with a
space in the middle that forms a pocket to hold the plant. The
space is from 1/4" (6mm) to 3/4" (12mm) wide. Vases can be
freestanding or hung on the wall.
The typical way to create the opening is to fuse the two
pieces of glass with fiber paper in between. It usually takes
several layers of 1/8" (3mm) paper to create a large enough pocket.
The advantage of fiber paper is that it can be easily removed after
For larger openings it's possible to use fiber board or a more
substantial product than fiber paper. Board can be more
difficult to remove after firing, so it's a good idea to line each
side of the board with 1/8" fiber paper so that the board can be
Items other than fiber paper or fiber board can also be used
to form the opening (Ceramaguard is one
example), but fiber products tend to be the easiest to find and use.
Click here for a discussion of firing schedules
for pocket vases.
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