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Holey Cabachons Tutorial

The mold pictured in this tutorial is LF 57 Holey Tear Pendant. The instructions would also apply to the range of Holey Little Fritter jewelry molds.

Glass Supplies: Medium System 96 frit (specific colors featured = Pale Amber, Moss Green, Riviera Blue, Medium Blue) a variety of COE  96 dichroic pieces, COE 96 Stringers

Miscellaneous Supplies: ZYP Spray, small brush for sweeping frit in mold, mosaic nipper or other suitable cutting tool and a suitable digital glass or ceramic kiln.

Apply the glass separator to the mold according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to apply ample glass separator. BUT if you use too much, it WILL show up on your finished piece.

Place medium grain frit of selected colors in the pattern of your choice 1/8” to 1/4” thick in the mold as a base layer.

Place decorative elements of COE 96 glass (dichroic glass, stringer and or noodles) on the base layer of frit in the mold. It is important to remember that the glass facing up in the kiln will be facing the viewer  of the pendant.

Fill the mold with another layer of medium grain clear frit (or other transparent frit color) The mold should be filled within 1/16  from the top of the frit cavity.

Use a clean small brush to sweep the frit away from the frit cavity wall and the center part of the mold . Sweep the frit into a peaked mound encircling the core part of the mold. This is done to help prevent frit burrs upon firing. The glass will melt and roll to create a smooth edge in the mold.

Place the filled mold in a kiln and fire to the following firing schedule:

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Allow the project to cool naturally. It may be necessary to rap the mold lightly on a rubber pad or use a rubber mallet to gently tap the side of the mold to demold the glass. Loop a cord through the hole to  create a one of a kind beautiful fused glass pendant!

We have found that using transparent frits work better in these molds - and if you attempt to unmold before they are 100% cooled down, that you might pop off a part of the mold - so caution!

The creative possibilities are limitless!

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