There are many forms of glass art. Fusing is one of them and dates back to ancient times. The Egyptians are thought to have developed the technique around 2000 BC. The word “fusing” is used to describe the combining of different pieces of glass into one piece but can also include the bending and shaping of glass such as a kiln casting or slumping where a mould is used to cause the glass to take on a shape. The layered pieces of glass are placed in a kiln at very high temperatures and as the kiln increases in temperature the glass softens and then becomes more fluid and flows together. Some fused glass pieces need to be fired more than once in order to achieve the desired look. The fusing and cooling can take over 12 hours.
Due to the random patterns of the Bullseye streaky, dichroic or streamer glass which are used in Crafty Burd designs together with the fact that bubbles are sometimes (but not always) created when air becomes trapped inbetween the layers of glass this means that no two pieces are ever identical. This only adds to the quirky nature of each piece and makes it unique.