I wanted to post an update about the final look of the Block Party project and evaluating the process a bit, now that I’ve seen the results. The results of the kiln carving experiment turned out really well. The only small downside is that the difference in height between the numbers and the feather image is very slight and can only be seen from the side. When viewed from the front, in person, you can see a slight variance in the texture between the numbers and the feather. This difference appears because the numbers didn’t actually touch the kiln shelf, so they are very smooth and glossy, while the glass above the feather image came to rest on the fiber paper that I used to fill in the image, which gave it a slight texture.
On the left is the front view of the block and on the right is the side view. In the side view photo, you can better see what I mean about the differences in both height and texture between the numbers and the feather, especially if you click on the image to enlarge it. The shiny numbers versus the matte feather is pretty obvious from this angle.
Since the piece is going to be viewed front on, not side on, I’m just a little disappointed by the lack of obvious difference between the feather and the numbers in the finished block. Despite that, I am still quite pleased with how the project turned out. The few people who have seen the piece have liked it, but they didn’t see the feather until I told them what it was. So, I’m considering enhancing the feather image within the block by painting on it with low fire glass paints to make it a bit more obvious. Before I do, I’d appreciate it if readers of this post would let me know in the comments whether they thought the feather was obvious or not. Thanks for your assistance!
By the way, for any of you glass fusers out there who might want to try this for yourself, you can find the billets for sale online at Bullseye here and if you have a subscription to Bullseye’s online educational videos, you can find the video lesson on kilncarving here.
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