I have accumulated a long list of ideas for glass projects that I want to try. Having recently replaced the landscaping in my front yard, I decided to try one of these ideas and add some new “art” to my perennial garden.
Fused glass mushrooms are one of the fun ideas that was on my list. The ones that I have seen, the caps were created using pre-made patterned glass that is cut into a circle and then slumped into the shape of a mushroom. For the stems, some were made with blown glass, others with PVC pipe. But, the ones that I really liked were made with the top half of recycled bottles.
After completing a few pot melts, I decided that these would make great mushrooms. Also, by using scrap glass and recycled bottles, this would be an inexpensive craft.
I thought it would be fun to add some spots to the mushroom caps. To make these, I first made some glass pebbles. The nice thing about glass is that it naturally settles to a quarter inch in thickness and prefers a round shape. So, small pieces of glass were stacked and full fused.
These pebbles were then placed on top of one of my pot melt discs and full fused again.
After cooling the disc was placed on a slumping form. For some of my mushrooms, I used a stainless steel form.
For others, I used a clay form. I prefer the shape of the mushroom made with the clay mold, but the others turned out very nice as well.
To make the stems, I used a Kinkajou bottle cutter to cut the bottom off of wine bottles and sparkling cider bottles.
As you can see below, both types of bottles look nice. However, I prefer the sparkling cider bottles because the nice green color is more visible in the mulch of my flower garden.