Do you remember the childhood game of Pixie Stix? It’s played by dropping a handful of thin, colored wooden or plastic rods in assorted colors down on the ground. You have to pick up one of the Pixie Stix without touching any of the others. The rest of the rules are lost in the dim recesses of my mind, but I do remember that I used to love the patterns that the Pixie Stix made after dropping them down on the floor. When I went looking for the game, I did manage to find a website still selling the same Pixie Stix game I had as a kid.
This fused glass bowl was made in commemoration of that Pixie Stix game. I used two layers of French Vanilla sheet glass cut to ten inches square as my background glass and laid the
Pixie Stix, oops, assorted colors of 1 mm stringer, on top after the glass was cleaned and already in the kiln, so that I wouldn’t move all of the stringer around as I carried the piece to the kiln. I even threw in a pair of dichroic stringers for extra sparkle. It was a fun piece to make and challenging as well, since every time I added another piece of stringer it would move every other one around a bit.
After the fused blank came out of the kiln, I laid the square of glass on top of my square drop out mold that I picked up at Bullseye after my drop out class back in September. As I learned in the class I took at Bullseye, I cut a piece of 1/8″ fiber paper to put in between the glass and the mold, in order to help the glass stay on the mold and not slide off the mold and onto the shelf. The mold was elevated on one inch posts in order to create the bowl shape below. During the slump firing, it took about an hour and fifteen minutes for the glass to slump to fill the one inch gap down to the kiln shelf. It was fun going to the kiln every ten minutes to check whether it had touched down on the kiln floor yet.
I do like the final result and am debating whether to put this one up for sale or to keep it. Perhaps I just need to make a second one for myself… 🙂 Pixie Stix anyone?
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