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I create lots of kiln formed bubbles for using in my mosaic projects. Over time other mosaic artists have asked to purchase some of these glass bubbles. They are not cheap and the process below explains why. If you want large 3/4 to 1 inch sized pieces purchase flat sided marbles. They will be much cheaper. But one of the reasons that I started making these little gems is because I can't find the colors and sizes that I want for my own projects.

First I locate glass scraps. Some come from stained glass artists, some left over from my own fusing projects, bottles, and other broken glass pieces. Next the glass is cut into mostly 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces. If the glass is extremely beautiful I cut some larger for pendants and focal points. I like to use very small pieces in my mosaics to obtain more detail.

A piece of kiln shelf paper is placed on the kiln shelf. This paper runs about $8 a sheet. Next each piece of glass is placed on the paper on the shelf. The second picture is an example of how the pieces look uncooked on the kiln shelf. This is the hardest part and feels like it takes hours to do just one shelf!. None of the pieces can touch. Then the shelf is carefully placed in the kiln making sure it doesn't get bumped. The glass is heated in the kiln using ramp speeds and temperatures up to 1500 degrees. The entire process takes about 24 hours before the kiln can be opened. The third picture is an example of what the glass bubbles look like on the shelf after cooking.

The kiln shelf paper turns to powder and comes with the glass off the shelf. All the glass is then washed and dried. The glass is sorted by size, weighed and measured before posting on line.

So you can see it takes a while to create these little Gems.

If you want a custom mix and I have the bubbles in stock I would be happy to make up special orders.

If you would like to purchase a set with samples please contact via Etsy mail.

Several of the art pieces in the MosaicsByChris Etsy Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/mosaicsbychris are created using bubbles like these.

Also visit our sister site for more glass art and glass supplies 2 Glassy Broads http://www.etsy.com/shop/2GlassyBroads

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