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How to Make Fused Glass Kinetic Butterflies

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

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

Class 2:

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

Class 3:

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

Class 4:

  • 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 5:

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

Class 6:

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

Class 7:

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

Class 8:

  • Wrapping it up
  • Pretty details
  • Problem solving

Class 9:

  • 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
How to Make Glass Kinetic Butterflies
How to Make Glass Kinetic Butterflies

About the course

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.


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.



About the instructor

Jodi McRaney-Rusho
Glass With a Past

Jodi is a warm glass artist working exclusively with post-consumer glass. Her work has won several awards and has been featured in “Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass” by Cindy Ann Coldiron, as well as several magazines including “Handmade Business” and “Crafts Report”. HGTV's “That's Clever” filmed two segments in her studio. Jodi currently teaches out of her Salt Lake City studio and is an instructor at Kimball Arts Center in Park City Utah. She is represented by Concept SAL in Salt Lake City and Gallery 873 in Kayenta, Utah. After nearly 15 years of recycled glass art making, Jodi has begun producing her own line of tools, kits and molds in an effort to spread the joy of fusing with recycled glass to the whole world.

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