The frit ball bowl is finally done! I’ve decided to call these little gems raindrop bowls in my website store, since I think they look like frozen colored raindrops. The finished bowl is 8″ in diameter and about 1″ deep.
Well, I have to admit that this bowl didn’t quite turn out the way I had hoped. The kiln fired a little too hot and the frit balls started to melt during the tack fuse part of the process, where I “glued” the little frit balls together with heat in the kiln. Other than that, I really enjoyed the process of creating this little gem.
One of my favorite parts of the process was a bit of curiosity on my part when the bowl was done to determine whether the frit balls had melted enough to fuse fully together to make a watertight bowl. Nope! I put the bowl on my hand over the kitchen sink and tried running water into it to see how long it would take to seep through. I only got to “1, Mississippi” before I could feel the first bit of water seeping through onto my palm. Still, I didn’t actually intend for the bowl to be waterproof, so it’s no big deal that it’s not.
I think that the effect is striking and the process is worth pursuing. Next, I’d like to try bands of color to simulate blue sky, clear clouds, deeper blue sea, and the tan sand of an ocean beach, or blue sky, green trees and shrubs, a bit of brown riverbank, and the water of a stream or river. I’d be curious to hear what you think of these raindrop bowls , so leave a comment, please!
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