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Confetti

 

This is the second part of a multi-part tip on confetti.  Click here to go to part one.

There are several ways to use your kiln to make confetti, but all are based on the concept of heating glass until the sides stretch and become very thin. To achieve the necessary thinness, it's usually best to suspend the glass high in the kiln and allow it to slump and stretch until it reaches the floor. When the glass cools, the thin sections of the glass can be broken into shards and used in future fusing projects.

The simplest way to make kiln-formed confetti is to use a drop ring. By supporting the ring high in the kiln and allowing the glass to slump beyond the point of forming a simple vase, the sides become very thin. This works best with a square or rectangular drop ring, rather than the typical circular one. 

An alternative to a drop ring mold is to make the confetti by stretching nichrome or other heat-resistant wires across a metal frame constructed in your kiln. By laying a sheet of glass across the wires and then slumping, the sides of the stretched glass will be very thin.

Although the colors of the confetti made in this fashion are sometimes not as intense as the colors of commercially available shards, starting with tested compatible glass virtually guarantees compatibility, so that confetti can be layered heavily if your design dictates.

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