My instructor urged me to use my imagination, so I decided to pretend I was a painter and make a picture with the glass. She handed me some clear glass (about 6 x 6 inches) and introduced me to her "freebie" scrap box of glass pieces. I got busy picking out as many different colors as I could find.
As I cut, ground (using a grinding machine), and pasted little glass pieces onto the clear glass, I felt like I was in kindergarten. Remember the joys of finger painting? That is what it felt like.
A note about gluing: Though there is glue available for fused glass, it takes awhile to dry. For projects such as this one, regular white glue works fine and dries more quickly. Just a little is needed. The glue is only helping you put your pieces in place. It does not have anything to do with the fusing of the glass.
I left my first creation at the glass studio to be fired. After looking at various finished pieces throughout her studio, I decided on keeping the 3-D effect, so my piece was not fully fuse. I like to feel the different layers of glass.
Maybe the finished product is not even worthy of my refrigerator, but I learned a lot doing this project. Not only did I become more familiar with the different colors of glass, but I also did a lot of cutting and grinding, which, in turn, made be feel more comfortable handling glass.
Color graphs are a nice way to start with fused glass, and there is still a lot that can be done with color graphs. Small graphs can be turned into pendants. Larger graphs can be glued onto the back of a barrette. Cabs could be created using the color graph idea also.