Tuesday, April 4, 2017

More Hand Painted Fused Glass Pendants

More hand painted pendants fused and ready to wear. Designs are permanently fused glass with a southwest influence. These can be purchased as well as the Pickleball pendants posted earlier, by emailing me at lpcolor@sbcglobal.net. I will quote you a price as well as how long to receive them. These are available now but others will have to be made for future orders.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Acrylic Paintings

Back to painting again. I love willow trees and saw many on our trip to Canada. I was in my kayak and had to paddle underneath this one. I thought it would be a challenge to paint and feature the light and shade it created. This is 16x20 acrylic on Gessobord.

I am presently working on this desert scene of White Tank Park in Arizona. This is the beginning stages. I used quinacridone magenta for my underpainting. I'm working from a photo I took in the middle of the day which lacked light and color. I decided to make it more of a dramatic sunset time of day.

I decided to add the saguaro cactus in the foreground from another photo. It helps to add a better focus area.

The photo above is the next days work. The values in the foreground are still not right. The ground needs to be much lighter heading in towards the cactus. My next painting session will be adjusting values and highlighting certain areas around the focus area. I will update this post when the painting is finished.

Here is the next step of the painting. Close to the end. Need to look at it for a week and see if it needs any changes.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Specialized Fused Glass Pendants

These are some Pickleball Pendant ideas. The game of Pickleball is becoming very popular and yes I do play the game. These pendants are hand painted with color line paints and ready to fire. I am in my Motorhome waiting out a two day storm so I can uncover my kiln outside and fire these. So stay tuned for the results.

Here are the fired and fused pendants. They are 100% glass. The glass enamels are rather thick to paint with and and they tend to spread a bit when fused, but as a whole I'm pretty happy with them. I will glue bails to them as soon as I go buy some.

Well the bails are in place.

Making Your Own Designer Fused Glass

These pieces were fused using single pieces of glass I hand painted with the Color Line Paints. The top bowl has a bottom layer of opaque gray glass with a clear piece of glass on top. The clear piece was painted with random colors of the paints. Then I took the white paint and drizzled it around on top and placed another piece of glass on top to make a print impression. Pulled that third piece off and saved for another project which is the square plate pictured below. All the patterns on these pieces were hand made by painting, stamping, or stenciling. Great way to make your own designer glass for one of a kind projects.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Painting with red Color Line Paints

The Color LIne paints can be tricky to fire the first time around. On this piece my reds disappeared. I spoke to Dusten at Bulleye Glass and he said to vent the kiln up to 1100 or 1200 degrees and then open the kiln completly for 15 seconds. That lets out the fumes and replaces air with fresh oxygen which the Reds need to fire properly. I tried that on the second piece that I painted another layer over in certain areas. As you can see the colors did not disappear again in those areas because of the 15 second venting process. Problem solved. Bullseye and their employees are very willing to help you out with your fusing problems. Try emailing or calling them with your problems. They also have a Facebook page for the Color Line Paints.

Reds and Yellows disappeared after firing.....this was vented up to 1200 degrees.

repainted and fired with venting up to 1100 then the kiln was opened completely for 15 seconds then closed again until schedule completed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Painting and Fusing Glass

I got a set of Color Line glass enamel paints for Christmas. This is my first painting I did with them. I did the painting on an ivory piece of glass and edged it with a dark grey Opal glass. The paints were pretty easy to work with and they can be thinned with water or the medium they make to go with these paints. You can use them thick or watery like water color. They fire pretty close to the way they look unfired. The only catch is the reds burn off or disappear if you don't vent the kiln properly when firing. You can get help with that problem from Bullseye Glass company and also from the product brochure. Otherwise I am quite excited about using them.

The piece above is 8x8 and can be slumped into a square plate mold or left as an art panel to display in a stand or hang with a plate hanger on the wall.

Friday, December 16, 2016

New Mold.....Old Project

I got a new bowl mold that is deeper than any I have used in the past. I had this full fused flat piece for a while but hadn't decided what to do with it. It fit this mold perfectly. So a slumping I did go. The mold has a 1 inch flange round the top and my piece was about 1/2 inch inside that flange. It just so happened when it slumped the top edge came just to the top edge of the vertical sides. So the flange did not come into play. I like the depth of the bowl and will probably use this mold a lot. I noticed on the outside the lavender opal glass slightly got a crinkled texture around the top 1 inch. I think that was caused by the larger edge shrinking into the smaller sides of the bowl.