Sue Osborn used all Wissmach 96 glass for this plate. 

First she made her own stringers with a Vitrigraph Stringer Kiln that Petra Kaiser has set up in her BIG Arts class room on Sanibel Island, FL.

In order to make those twisty stringers it is best to use two colors, one transparent and the other opaque. Sue used 96-20 and 96-06. You can always add a few pieces of clear scrap glass as well. You’ll find detailed instructions in the Fuse It book by Petra Kaiser.

For the fish Sue used

But how did she make the “Crackle” background?

First she took a piece of Figure C Textured glass in COE 96 and painted it with a blue “unique artisan paint”. After the paint was dry, she cleaned off some of the paint on the top of the glass, but made sure not to remove any paint the groves of the textured glass.

Then she placed the smooth side down toward the prepared kiln shelf, covered the textured, painted side with a piece of clear in the same size and added the fish and stringers on top.

We fired the fish plate at the Fuse It Studio on a Kaiser Lee Board kiln shelf and used Papyros Paper as a separator. Below you see the firing schedule we used in our kiln.

Firing Suggestion (Free E-Book)

500° F  (260°C)    up to 1000°F (540° C)    hold :10
AFAP                    up to 1410°F (765° C)    hold :12
AFAP                down to  900°F (480° C)    hold  2 hours.
100°F (37° C)   down to  700°F (370° C)    hold :0
Please ask your supplier for Wissmach clear textures. We have them available in COE 90 and COE 96. 
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