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Fused Glass vs. Stained Glass

Some time ago we wrote a blog on the difference between fused glass and blown glass. It's one of our most popular posts. So we thought, let's dive deeper and look at the difference between fused glass and stained glass.

This can be a bit tricky as fused glass can be used in stain glass pieces - but we'll get to that later!

Fused Glass

In basic terms, fused glass involves cutting and layering different colors of glass, and melting them together in a kiln at high temperatures. Fusers use a wide range of techniques or a combination of techniques to create their designs. A few of these include: draping, slumping, casting, carving, slaping, cold working, and more.

Stained Glass

Stained glass, describes colored glass designs in windows like those found in churches, and in home or office interior designs. It is created by adding minerals and oxides into molten glass, which is allowed to set. The artist cuts and arranges the glass into shape and holds the pieces together with a strong frame and solder.

The Tricky Bit

Fused glass can be used as stained glass, but stained glass cannot be used as fused glass. This is due to the technical nature of the temperature of the glass when it cools, affecting the structural integrity of the glass. When using fused glass in place of stained glass, colors and designs are painted onto the glass with powders or enamels, and then fused in a kiln. Then the pieces are added to the stained glass design.

It's All Art Glass

Both fused glass and stained glass make incredible additions to homes. Stained glass one-of-a-kind artworks, windows, and light fixtures add color, sophistication, and grace. Fused glass fine art brings realism, abstract, and whimsy your home. Additionally, fused glass functional artware like bowls, plates, candle holders, serving trays, and more add a unique sense of style to any occasion or room.


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