Shown at the right and left is a pair of photos of the second light fixture that I’ve been working on. This bowl was intended
to be the lamp shade for a pendant light fixture that would hang from the ceiling. It’s made from a piece of clear glass on the top and a sheet of clear and white streaky glass from Bullseye on the bottom. The ellipses around the rim are frit balls made from Aventurine Blue and Aventurine green coarse frit. I’ve alternated the blue and green frit balls around the rim of the bowl.
The lamp shade turned out quite a bit thicker than I expected as I waited too late in the day to fire it, so the kiln reached process temperature in the middle of the night. Since I haven’t been sleeping well lately anyway, I didn’t want to cut into what little sleep I was able to get by getting up in the middle of the night to check when the glass was getting close to the bottom of the slumping mold. I really should have waited until the next day to fire it, so that I could easily check on the progress of the slump before it got too late. Lesson learned.
The lamp shade has a very organic shape, in that the rim is a little wonky (yes, that’s a technical term), and there is texture on both sides of the glass since both sides of the glass have been heat worked – the inside of the bowl was against the kiln shelf in the full fuse firing and the outside of the bowl was against the slumping mold in the slump firing. That works to my advantage as a light fixture shade, because all of that texture scatters the light very nicely as it passes through the shade. Since I lost the rim in the extra process time in the slumping mold, I’ll have to figure out a different pendant light fixture to hang it from, since the one I was planning to use has a larger metal ring that the glass should have sat on nicely if I had caught it sooner. The treasure hunt is on!
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