We're going to keep this simple.
We've been researching and testing trying to find a reasonably easy and quick way to make many uniform
high quality cabochons in a short period of time. This is what we've come up with so far.
Whenever possible we fuse base compositions that will be cut down into smaller pieces and then worked
to what we want them to be. The main reason we don't do small individual pieces is because it can be hard
and frustrating to stack and fuse smaller pieces and have them fuse/slump evenly.
When building small units, they very often slip to the side and become useless, a wasted attempt.
By fusing larger compositions almost every cut out piece will slump evenly with little or no waste.
The results are always much more fruitful and positive.
We normally do a 3 or 4 layer fuse of different glasses or combination thereof to get our basic working glass block.
The bottom layer is black backed iridized or dichroic glass with the 2nd and/or 3rd being clear dichroic,
and the top layer being a compatible clear glass.