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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, click here.

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 firing.

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 easily removed.

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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