Quick Tip: Get the Look with Stripes and Dots

striped and dotted plates

Rods are a natural choice for easy stripes and dots. We found this summer-themed nautical palette of opalescents fresh and irresistible for mixing and matching.


Use a complete layer of rods as the base, then cap with 3 mm Clear and fire to a full fuse. The shelf side has a smooth, semi-matte finish, while the top has glossy goodness. Slump with either side up! (Coldworking may be necessary to smooth edges before slumping.)


  • Make a square frame from 1/16˝ fiber paper (7037) to ease set up and prevent rods from rolling.
  • For variation in line width, place stringer in the low spot between rods. Stringers will stay perfectly straight through the fuse.
  • To cut rods in bulk, secure a bundle with rubber bands and use a wet tile saw.

Nip rods into 3-5 mm sections—we used a Neo-GC Cutter (007162)—and arrange them on a sheet of 3 mm Clear. Place this on a base of 3 mm opalescent and fire to a full fuse.


  • Cut rod into a container with a towel draped over it to prevent bits of rod from flying.
  • Position the attached pattern template under the sheet of Clear to guide dot placement.
  • To maintain a square footprint and control volume, use shorter snippets closest to the perimeter.

Rod (Any fusible (or F grade) rod is suitable for kilnforming):



  • Square Slumper Mold (008997)
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