Friday, February 2, 2018

Fused Glass Fish Platter

My newest project is this fish platter. It is hand painted with glass enamels and bordered with hand cut clear glass chips and some glass powder. This is contour fused and ready to slump into a 8x12 rectangular platter mold.

I am still living in my motorhome and only brought clear glass to work with. This piece was created to use up a lot of scrap glass that has accumulated after cutting out circles. I did my contour fuse at 1400 this time and I am happy with the softer rounded edges of the chipped glass.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Glass Powder Slurry

I am always looking for new ways to use glass powders and here is a fun andy easy method I came across on the internet. Isn’t the internet awesome. So many ideas and options at your finger tips. Find new techniques then make them your own, change them up and ask what if? What if I try this. So fun to experiment.

This project was done with the help of Creative Paradise’s Frit Slurry Tutorial. You mix up powders and water to a pancake batter consistency and spoon or pour it on to clear glass. The tutorial used mostly transparent powders but all mine are opaque so I tried it anyway. Also I used reactive colors such as french vanilla and cyan which created the dark outline effect. I also used 2 layers of 3m clear glass instead of 6m single sheet as was suggested in the tutorial. The tutorial does a fuse and slump in one step with their slumping schedule. I did mine the traditional way. Full fuse and then slump. I did get some unwanted bubbles so i will add a bubble squeeze next time. The bubbles were between the two sheets of glass. It was not anything to do with the powders on top.

Since I am in my motorhome for 3 months I decided to just bring clear glass and powders and enamels with me. The green piece above is my peekaboo fused glass piece. It was designed using clear base glass with hand cut clear glass triangle pieces on the second layer. Then I sifted two colors of glass powder over it all. I brushed the powder off the 6 clear triangles to create the peekaboo see thru. I contour fused the piece to preserve the dimension of the triangles. The powders also retained a textured surface. This is being slumped in a slightly up turned plate mold.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Finished Slumped Fused Scrap Glass

Well here is the finished product of my patchwork 8” square slumped dish. This was created by making part sheets with glass powders sifted over stencils and found objects. The individual pieces are full fused then cut up and arranged to fit the square dish mold and then slumped. The designed part sheets are only one layer of 3mm glass, either clear or white opal. There is some waste as you have to trim off the edges of the part sheets where they shrink in and get a bit thicker then the center. Its not completely a waste as you can make frit or use pieces for jewelry etc.

Here is one more piece I recently completed. This bowl utilized a lot of scrap clear glass left over from cutting out large clear circles. The base piece was an opal piece of gray glass. Next I cut up the scrap clear glass into random sized pieces. Next I shifted Light Cyan 216 bulleye powder over the base gray piece and gently placed the clear scraps all over the powder layer. I made one slight mistake when putting this together. I picked up all the clear scrap pieces and set them in the bowl mold. Unknowingly the pieces got contaminated with kiln wash powder left on the mold.....darn. Won’t do that again. So when it was full fused some of the kiln powder showed up in the clear spaces between the layers of glass. Not all but some. I liked the piece so thought hard.....what can i do to save it? I got out my ColorLine paints and carefully added white to the most noticable areas where the kiln powder showed up. I also added some of the cyan glass powder to other areas less noticable and did a second full fuse. Turned out very acceptable and it turned out to be a more interesting piece. Sometimes glass is more forgiving than you think, so don’t give up to soon if something goes wrong.

Both of these pieces are good examples of designing with scrap glass. I dont have a lot of room for storing a lot of scrap so I try to use it up as it accumulates. Sometimes it gets your creative juices going figuring out ....”what can I do with those scraps”.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crackle technique and Glass Wafers

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I was excited to get back to glass fusing after all the cooking and house cleaning. I just recently bought 2 new ebooks. One is Lena Beckeus’ Fusing Techniques with Powder and Fiber Paper. The other one is INTRODUCTION TO KILNFORMED GLASS POWDERS Basic Crackle Texture, Micro and Backed Wafers by Bob Leatherbarrow. Im just starting to experiment with some of the techniques in these books. The photos above are my first attemp at the basic crackle technique. I used two colors, Olive Green and Woodland Brown for my powder layers. This was done on clear 3mm glass. One layer only of glass. After layering 3 layers of powder and spritzing with water I carefully placed a stencil on top and sifted woodland brown to create the pattern of squares. After full fusing it was slumped into a small sushi plate. I was quite happy with first attempt and am excited to do more.

The next set of photos was a piece I did before Thanksgiving. I wasnt to happy with it so decided to keep working on it. The border was just the dark green sponged on with enamal paint which I didn’t care for and the center had a small dark green square that I also didn’t like. So I sponged on the yellow paint on the top giving the border depth of layers. Then I had made some glass wafers by fusing glass powder directly on a kiln shelf as instructed in Leatherborrow’s book. I used a circle whole punch to make a circle stencil and sifted yellow and white powders and fused. I then decided to try placing the wafer over the center area I did not like. I thought it still needed some green in the center to repeat the green somewhere else. I used my enamal paints on top of the wafer. I wish I would have also used some of the yellow paint in the center too. I full fused this piece a second time. The wafer fused in nicely but has a slightly rougher texture when you run your hand across it. Its probably from the kiln paper powder that remained on that side when I flipped it over. Next time I will carefully place the wafer in water to remove all the excess powder and let dry before using it on a project. But overall I am very excited about these two techniques and am looking forward to improving my use of them.

Right now I have a piece in the works using up some part sheets I made awhile back. I cut off the thick edges and chopped them up into usable pieces to make a patch work piece. Some pieces have transprent backgrounds and some opal. I’m going to place them on a darker green opal base piece. Here is a photo of just the rough pieces layed out. My next blog will show results.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Fused Glass Deep Bowl

Soooo happy to be back blogging again. After the last ios upgrade the blogging app I use would not work. Waited a long time for them to upgrade the app. It finally updated yesterday, Yah.

So to get back into it I’m going to talk about this fused glass bowl. I wanted to do a coral bowl but one that would be usuable, not open and full of holes. This worked ok but not the look i wanted. I full fused the red and clear base together. Instead I should have fused the red strips alone on kiln paper to get the more rounded holes then put it on the clear base and fuse a second time. Oh well next time.

Also I had to slump it twice because it slumped unevenly and not all the way to the bottom. I had to slow down the ramp time and increase the hold time a bit. It reslumped just fine and is very even now. This bowl is 10” by 2.5 deep. This is the first time I have slumped in this mold. Another thing, the mold did not have a hole in the bottom to allow air to escape, so before the second firing I drilled a 1/16” hole into the bottom. I also learned the clear rim is hazy because it was slumped to fast in the first slumping. This tends to happen most often with the clear teka glass not with the opaque glass. So take it slow when slumping clear Teka.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Recent Paintings

Near the St. Joe river, Idaho....16x20 acrylic on Gessobord

Finally posting again. Sorry about the delay. I have been gone on another 3 month rv trip and just got back last week. The painting above was done in Idaho along the St. Joe River. It was a beautiful area although the sky was pretty smokey most of the time. There were these beautiful yellow wild flowers everywhere. Couldnt resist this view right next to our motorhome. I started this painting out doors and finished it in the rv.

The next painting of another bunch of yellow wild flowers was painted in Indiana. These were more daisy like flowers. We saw them through many of the mid western states. I painted this in the rv very loosely, almost abstractly.

Indiana Wildflowers....11x15 acrylic on watercolor paper

The bottom painting was done in my studio right after arriving home. This was inspired by the yellow birch trees I saw on the way up to Pikes Peak in Colorado. The sun was dancing on the yellow leaves as we rode the cog train up to the peak. I hadnt realized I was on a yellow streak with these three paintings until I posted them on this blog.

Pikes Peak Birch Trees.......15x22 acrylic on watercolor paper

I am going to be home until January and then off to Phoenix for 3 months. Hopefully ill get a lot of painting and fused glass projects done while I am there.