Saturday, December 25, 2010

Farmhouse in the Sunflowers

I completed this commission piece Christmas Eve.  It is hand painted and fused on two separate pieces of glass so that the sunflowers appear to stand in the foreground of the picture.  The technique rendered a 3D dimensional effect.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Firebowl--Combing Glass

This 12" bowl is an example of glass that was superheated and then raked while still in a molten state.  The raked glass was then annealed and cooled, then added to two circular glass pieces and re-fused and slumped to form a bowl.  The bottom was left clear glass so that the transparent layers remain visible.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Triptych and Roll Up Vase

These two pieces are from the Patty Gray workshop.  I had the triptych framed in black as three panels.  The roll up vase stands 7" tall in a gentle heart-shaped form.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Cheer Wavy Bowl

This is commissioned piece for the holidays,  It was done as a three-glass layer blocked in a 12-inch casting ring and adorned with stockings and Xmas trees.  I used pink/gold streaky glass capped in clear with irid white as the base layer.  The glass was then slumped into an 11" wavy bowl mold.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photo Fuse Paper with Glass Frit

I wanted to share a certain glass coloring technique that I am working to perfect. It involves "burnishing" a photo onto the glass using photo fusing paper (requires a specific printer and iron-based toner) and then coming back with glass frit and painting on the photo to add color and dimension. I first full fused the piece at 1450. Using the photo fusing paper guidelines, I fused the photo on the "window" at 1300.  I then added fine and medium frit to the photo using the colors taken from the original photo, applied hairspray to keep it in place, and refused at 1350.  This retained the grain to give it a dimensional quality. Pleased with the results...