I’m still enjoying my explorations with these architectural pieces. Unfortunately, this river light sconce developed a crack during the slumping process, as you can see in the photo to the left. The crack runs directly across the piece from just above the brown area on the left across the green area all the way to the right edge. While the crack doesn’t go completely through the piece, it is still unsuitable for sale. Since it is the thickest light sconce panel that I’ve made so far, I have to assume that my annealing schedule wasn’t slow enough through the ramp phases and/or long enough in each hold phase to anneal the glass properly.
This river light sconce panel was intended to be an abstract of a riverbank, water and sky. I used a mix of amber and brown frit balls for the riverbank, a mix of green frit balls for the water, and a mix of light blues for the sky. I also used some chunky clear frit balls on the bottom layer of the piece to assist in getting light through the panel.
While I wouldn’t count this river light sconce panel among the list of major kiln disasters, it was somewhat of a disappointment. I don’t mind trying to do a little repair on it and then using it in my home or studio. Working with the frit balls has turned out to be a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. These cracks and tears in the bowls and sconces have been pretty frustrating, and I keep hoping that I have the process figured out when I run into a new type of snag. However, I do think that the effort will pay off in the end as I’ve gotten great feedback on the texture and light effects from these raindrop-style fused glass art works.
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