Glass Casting, or Pâte de verre, literally ‘glass paste’, dates back to the ancient Mesopotamians. It is the process of taking cold glass that has been crushed or ground into a powder (sometimes converted to a paste with binders) and placing it in refractory molds to be fired.
Glass Fusing, also referred to as kiln-fired or “warm glass”, is enjoying a renaissance as artists and hobbyists make beautiful beads and other shapes for fashioning jewelry. Fusing occurs when glass is bent or shaped in a kiln at temperatures between 1100°F and 1500°F. The beauty of fused glass lies in its sparkle, rich colors, versatility, and durability.