Confetti (sometimes known as shards) are very thin (almost
paper-thin) pieces of glass. They are generally used as design
elements in kiln-formed and blown glass.
Most commercially available confetti is made using glass blowing
techniques. First, a glass bubble is blown, then the bubble is
expanded (often using compressed air) until it reaches several feet
in diameter and pops, shattering into small, thin fragments.
If you examine commercial confetti, you'll usually notice that the
confetti is slightly curved due to this process.
In order to maintain color intensity, the glass used to make
confetti is often formulated using more dense colors than "normal"
fused glass. As a result, confetti is usually not guaranteed
to be compatible with standard "tested compatible" glass. For
this reason confetti should always be used in thin layers, rather
than stacked thickly on top of the glass.
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