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Sea Shell Inclusions

 

This is part of a series on inclusions in glass.  To start at the beginning, click here.

It's not uncommon for people to try sea shells as an inclusion in glass.  As with most inclusions, this is most often attempted by sandwiching small shells between two layers of glass, then firing to a full fuse.

Unfortunately, sea shell inclusions are rarely successful.  Most often, the shells disintegrate and crumble, leaving behind a whitish powder.  Alternatively, the shells can create large gas bubbles or trapped air in the glass.  Successful fusing sometimes occurs, but this is less common.

It's difficult to predict how a particular shell will behave when used as an inclusion.  Even two shells of the same type may behave differently when fired.  This is because shells contain impurities and chemicals that can't be detected with the naked eye.  As a result, there's no easy way to tell how a shell will react to the heat of the kiln just by looking at the shell.  And since trial and error most likely results in the shell turning to powder, shells are more often successfully used as forms to create molds and cast items, rather than as inclusions.

Coming soon -- using shells to create molds and cast items.

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