I took a bunch of glass out of the kiln the day before I left for 10 days of travel and classes (more on that in upcoming posts). Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take photos of the new pieces before I left for the trip, so this post had to wait for my return. These are fairly small images, but if you click on the AMusinGlass navagation link at the top of the page, it will take you to the glass gallery where you can see the images much larger. So, without further ado, here are the new images:
This is a new technique that I’ve been wanting to try for this shape of bowl and I really like the way that it turned out. This bowl was custom designed for my brother’s SO as a late Christmas present, with the colors chosen by her.
This bowl is 6″ square, so I cut 2 pieces of glass to 3″ by 6″ for the bottom layer. I laid them in the kiln touching, centered the piece of dichroic glass over the two halves and then layered a sheet of clear glass over that and fired it to make the new sheet of glass. Once that came out of the kiln, it had to go back in a second time to be slumped into the bowl shape.
The two images that you see were taken on different backgrounds on two different days. The top image was taken on a black background on a cloudy day. You can get an idea of the color of the background glass, but it isn’t entirely accurate. On the other hand, the dichroic glass effect shows up spectacularly. The bottom image was taken on a white background on a sunny day. You can clearly see the accurate colors of the background glass, but the dichroic effect is all but lost.
The pattern of the dichroic glass is named “Pixie Sticks” by the manufacturer and it seems pretty appropriate. Do you remember playing with Pixie Sticks as a child? I do and the memory brings a smile to my face. This and the “Bubbles” dichroic pattern are my 2 favorites.
These next two images are of some teardrop shaped pendants that I made using a mosaic technique I saw online quite a while back. I’ve been making variations of these for quite a while now and really love the experimental nature of working with this technique.
To create these, I start with a layer of black, dark purple or dark blue frit in the bottom of the mold. (All of these were made with black frit.) Over that, I layer a bed of dichroic glass shards so that they aren’t quite touching one another. That allows the background color to peek through, which creates the “grout” for the mosaic effect. Over that, I fill the mold with clear frit. The bubbles are a side effect of working with so many laters of frit – it tends to trap some air during the fusing process, even when using a slow fusing program with long hold times.
It’s been fun being back in the studio again, creating the new designs and new pieces. I should have some of these posted on my Etsy site for sale in the very near future. I’m also putting together a portfolio of my work to take around to a few galleries in the hopes of having one (or more!) of them decide to carry my work.
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