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Jim Matthews
About the Videos
Jim Matthews
Hanging Your Glass in Windows
Hanging Your Glass on Walls
Brilliant Rainbow Platter
Swizzle Stix & Drink Markers
The Videos
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Upscale Switch Plates
Splash Art
Mushroom Night Lights
Pinwheel Bowl
Brilliant Rainbow Platter
Brilliant Rainbow Platter

We can do things with glass that simply aren't possible with any other medium, and when we do, everybody turns to look. This one is inspired by an expert in the "open weave" design style.

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Swizzle Stix & Drink Markers
Swizzle Stix & Drink Markers

Fast and efficient to make, perfect for gift sets, and a very classy party favor.

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Pinwheel Bowl
Pinwheel Bowl

Inspired by a beautiful blown glass piece, this bowl consists of 12 cut glass pieces arranged on a wavy-edged clear base. Simple construction, impressive results.

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Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

If turtles don't float your boat, this project features a couple of widely useful techniques that will.

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Sea Turtle
Splash Art!
Splash Art!

What better way to communicate the fluid motion of glass? These high-spirited quickies function as wall art, candle-holders, vessels and more.

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Upscale Switch Plates
Upscale Switch Plates

You may never appreciate how boring switch plates are until you change them out for something more artsy. Yes, you can buy a mold and fill it with frit, or, you can light up a world of design possibilities with this, the Glasshoppa's approach to switchplates.

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Fruit Spoon Rests
Fruit Spoon Rests

Counter Candy! One mold and THREE designs to dress up any kitchen counter top.

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Fruit Spoon Rests
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Here's an easy one that will please you, your neighbors and the neighborhood tweetie birds. It's a very modifiable idea -- do it my way or just wing it!

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Hanging Glass in Windows
Hanging Glass in Windows

The classic suction cup has been around as long as the dime-store suncatcher, which is about the only thing you should ever hang on one. Technology has replaced it with the dependable friction hook -- just as easy and much more secure.

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Spirit Tablets
Spirit Tablets

Here we teach both Fossil Vitra and Kiln Carving in the process of creating some venerable wall art.

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Spirit Tablets
Hanging Bird Bath
Hanging Glass on Walls
Hanging Glass on Walls

Glass art is one continuous series of unique challenges -- this needn't be one of them. Here is a simple and affordable approach to standoff wall mounting that anyone can use.

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Mushroom Night Lights
Mushroom Night Lights

Fungi Vitreosi illuminata -- an eye-catching little shelfie with or without the lighting. The stem is a bottleneck, the lighting is an inexpensive, off-the-shelf night light kit, and the possibilities are endless.

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I went to work for Spectrum Glass Company (now Oceanside Glasstile) in 1978 and stayed for 33 years, variously managing sales, marketing, product development and business development. In addition to the myriad of stained glass innovations over the years, I was closely involved in the creation and evolution of the System 96 family of expansion-matched glass products that are today widely used in glass fusing and glass blowing the world over.
 
In 2016, a few years after my departure, Spectrum cooled its furnaces, yielding to the triple tsunami of economic recession, Chinese glass production, and costly environmental responsibilities.
 
My home and studio are in Woodinville, WA.
 
Project Patterns & Firing Schedules
Where fitting, project patterns and firing schedules are provided as downloadable PDF files. The links are located near the video windows here on Glasshoppa.com and, for Patrons, on the Glasshoppa Patreon page. The Firing Schedules are those I used successfully for the same project in my brick kilns. I use System 96 glass exclusively. Bullseye-compatible products should yield very similar results, with annealing temperatures adjusted to Bullseye’s recommendations.
Patreon is a website that acts as a go-between for creators and those who wish to support and benefit from their efforts. By becoming a Patron, you gain unlimited access to all Glasshoppa project videos on my Patreon web page. The charge is minimal, and your patronage enables the development and production of each new Glasshoppa project and video. Patrons can also take advantage of free project troubleshooting and fusing technical support by email. Complete details can be found on the HOW IT WORKS page.
 
Thank you for your consideration and support!
The Glasshoppa Video Series is intended for novice-to-intermediate glass fusers who want to improve their skills, learn new techniques and greatly increase their  success rate. Like a kitchen recipe, each project has been made multiple times and includes free downloadable patterns, firing instructions and step-by-step video instruction.
 
Many of the videos are free to everyone, many more are available to Glasshoppa Patrons who pledge a small amount of money to support their production.
 
All Glasshoppa projects are public domain — you are free to make as many as you like, sell them, teach them or give them away.
 
There’s nothing for sale here; the tools, materials and resources I use are those I choose for my own work and from many years of experience and exposure to all facets of art glass.   Welcome
 
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