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These pieces of glass art begin as shapes cut from glass.  These shapes are finished with a glass grinder and then wrapped with copper foil tape.  Then the glass "puzzle pieces" are put together and connected with melted metal and a soldering tool.

The metal part of the piece is often given a darker color, or patina, to create a high contrast with the glass.

The difference between fused glass and stained glass is that in fused glass the small pieces of glass are melted together in a kiln, or cooked in a very hot oven, and in stained glass, the small pieces of glass are connected with metal.