About Us & Fused Glass

About Us

DarteGlass creates fused glass products.

Our goal is to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers by creating handmade fused glass  designs.

Sue Darte:

What started out as a hobby has turned into my passion.  I work with fused glass, and I am always intrigued with the results. I try not to limit my experimentation, so I add variety by creating one of a kind jewelry pieces, wind chimes and beautiful dishes and platters. I love seeing the joy that my pieces bring to my friends and clients. I hope you will enjoy them as well.

If you see something you like, but not in the right color, just email me at darteglass@att.net and I can work with you to get the desired result.

What is Fused Glass is asked a lot by customers.  So I thought I would try to explain.  Multiple firings are required to create a finished product, so pieces can take many days to complete. We fire, in the kilns, first to melt the glass into the desired design. Next, comes the forming of the glass, by either slumping the glass into a mold, or draping the glass over a mold. The anticipation and urge to open the kiln and peek is difficult to say the least, but the wait is worth the end result.

Glass in a molten state
Layering of glass before full fuse firing
Final product

Wikipedia

Fused glass is glass that has been fired (heat-processed) in a kiln at a range of high temperatures from 593 °C (1,099 °F) to 816 °C (1,501 °F). There are 3 main distinctions for temperature application and the resulting effect on the glass.

Firing in the lower ranges of these temperatures 593–677 °C (1,099–1,251 °F) is called slumping. Firing in the middle ranges of these temperatures 677–732 °C (1,251–1,350 °F) is considered “tack fusing”. Firing the glass at the higher part of this range 732–816 °C (1,350–1,501 °F) is commonly described as a “full fuse”.

All of these techniques can be applied to one glass work in separate firings to add depth, relief and shape.

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