Pâte de Verre is an ancient glass casting technique used to create solid objects that are very luminous due to the way they reflect light. This technique was practiced by the ancient Egyptians to produce beautiful amulets and gems. It was rediscovered and went through a revival period during the 1800's. Beautiful examples of that period are seen throughout the world.
"Pate de Verre" which literally means "Glass Paste" was made using fine particles of glass in a paste form to produce the castings. In this project however, we will use large chunks of glass (billets) or pieces of sheet glass. Unlike the matte finish usually produced by the pate de verre technique, the finished surface of this project will have an attractive satin gloss. Follow the steps in this project sheet to create your own special glass art piece.