Welcome to the Mesa Spirit Glass Shop
Come have fun at the Glass Shop where you can learn to manipulate and shape glass into fused or stained glass projects.
What is Fused Glass?
Glass fusing is the joining together of pieces of glass at high temperature, usually in a kiln. This is usually done roughly between 1,000 °F and 1,700 °F, and can range from tack fusing at lower temperatures, in which separate pieces of glass stick together but still retain their individual shapes, to full fusing at higher ones, in which separate pieces merge smoothly into one another. Most contemporary fusing methods involve stacking, or layering thin sheets of glass, often using different colors to create patterns or simple images. The stack is then placed inside the kiln and then heated through a series of ramps (rapid heating) and soaks (holding the temperature at a specific point) until the separate pieces begin to bond together.
What is Stained Glass?
Stained glass can refer to coloured glass as a material or to works created from it. The coloured glass is crafted into stained glass windows or other decorative items in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead and may be supported by a rigid frame. At Mesa Spirit we teach and practice joining the glass by first covering the glass edges with copper foil and then joining the pieces together with solder. Although most finished stained glass pieces are flat, they can be 3-diminsional pieces such as lamp shades, boxes, etc..