So I've been taking a class in mosaic glass fusing this quarter. My projects in it have been kind of varied. Mostly we are doing tack/slump-style melting (rather than full fuse, in which things really melt together in a kind of soupy fashion) in this class, so things stay more in the original shape and stay 3-D.
This is the first one I did, which is just a wee little useless thing:
This is taking a piece of clear glass and layering the clear-with-squiggles sorts of glass over it. I cut out various triangular shapes, some of which have more background color than others, and layered them. I then took some clear squiggle stringer bits and layered them on top of the piece.
Then there's the beach scene I tried, which is ah... pretty much the same sort of technique as I've used on the usual grouted mosaics. I took a bunch of fragmented pieces and put them together (I traced a traditional stained glass pattern) to make an approximated picture, with spacing between the pieces. Before fusing, it looked like this:
It makes more sense from farther away than it does in person, I think. So when the teacher let us go use some of the frit (tiny bits of glass), I decided to fill in with that. Rather like grout. This is what it looked like unfused.
But in the grand tradition of me, I asked the instructor if there was a way to preserve it anyway, and she said, "Glue it to some wood with silicone glue that won't shrink..." And I thought, hey, like a regular mosaic!
So I added it to a piece of wood--separating where it broke because I like how that looked-- and added a broken ceramic plumeria I made ages ago to the wood. I don't know how well they go together on the wood/in an eventual mosaic (and obviously I ran out of room for one of the petals), but hey, it's an experiment and it saves projects!