Sushi Plates - Fusing Ideas for Beginners
Sushi plates are the ultimate de-facto canvas for fused glass artists. The simple slightly curved shape is one of most foolproof slumping forms that even beginning artists can master.
The smaller canvas sizes are easy to work with and allow you to use up little bits and pieces of leftover glass from bigger projects ... or stretch your creative process to try new things and experiment without fear of wasting a ton of materials.
These little plates are all approximately 5 inches square - which is a nice versatile dish for a multitude of purposes. They also come in a 3 inches square size. Small sushi dishes can become candle holders, spoon rests, catch-all trays, or even used as an actual serving dish.
The steeper the sides, the more you have to pay attention to your kiln and slumping temperature as well as hold time. If you go too hot or too long, you risk getting the 'dog bone' effect or having all your glass pool to the bottom.
The beauty of the sushi plate mold is that it is a very gentle slope, so even if your kiln program isn't super precise or you forget to babysit it during the hold - it will still turn out okay (as long as you didn't accidentally run a full fuse program).
If you are new to fused glass and unsure where to start, I highly recommend picking up a sushi dish mold. They are the easiest to work with and will never not be one of your go-to shapes ... even after you've become a master of the art.
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