How to Make Fused Glass Kinetic Butterflies


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Build your own mechanical fused glass butterfly art! During this exciting Fused glass course, we will create fused glass butterflies, and then build the entire mechanism to bring them to life through motion. This fusing glass class will show you what tools you need, and how to use them. We will build enclosures for the mechanisms, and then the actual mechanisms themselves. Create with us as we build up from a single butterfly to a multi butterfly art piece.

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What You Will Learn

Class 01:

  • What are Automata
  • What are we making
  • Single Creature Parts & Mechanism
  • Multi Creature Parts & Mechanism
  • Tools and Materials

Class 02:

  • Designing Mechanisms
  • Base sizes and parameters
  • Calculating offset and lift
  • Calculating frequency or speed

Class 03:

  • Creating the Creatures
  • Butterfly
  • Dragonfly
  • Quail
  • Hummingbird
  • Bee
  • Making your own critter

Class 04:

  • Mechanics of Flight
  • Round tube and MDF base – Band saw
  • Miter saw & box
  • Square Base
  • Drilling holes
  • Making the Gears – 2 methods
  • Lift wires and Supports – 2 methods

Class 05:

  • Assembling the Tube
  • Drill Top Holes
  • Gear Placement
  • Assembly
  • Quail
  • Butterfly
  • Wrapping the tube & outside decoration

Class 06:

  • Assembling the Box
  • Drilling top holes
  • Placement of gears
  • Multiple creatures with and without support wires
  • Quail family
  • Bees and Flower

Class 07:

  • Multiple gears/multiple creature
  • Adding a second axle
  • Multiple creatures
  • Mixing up the motion
  • Butterfly swarm

Class 08:

  • Wrapping it up
  • Pretty details
  • Problem solving

Class 09:

  • Marketing, Packaging, Pricing


  • Dancing skeletons
  • Glueing jig for adding wires to creatures


  • Materials List
  • Butterfly Patterns
  • Dragonfly pattern
  • Quail pattern
  • Bee pattern
  • Hummingbird pattern
  • Mechanism plans and diagrams
  • Enclosure Plans and diagrams
  • Firing schedule
  • Unrolling bottles PDF

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Glass Kinetic Butterflies

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Glass artists, fused glass artists, anyone who loves glass, playing with a kiln, or want to start a new hobby or career

Main objective:
Learn how to build the mechanism to add motion to your glass art.


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