I took a break from all the painting of walls and floors to do a little creating. I needed a birthday gift for a friend, so decided to fuse some glass.
Covered my table with butcher paper and set up all my tools, molds and glass.
Set up my glass band saw and glass grinder and filled them with water. They have diamond bits and so I have to water cool the bits.
Laid out the glass and the mold and drew up the pattern on the glass
Shinning the light through the stained glass so you can see how pretty it is.
Cutting the first glass heart.
Cutting the second glass heart.
Laying out the stained glass and the dichroic glass I plan to fuse onto the heart-shaped bowls, and preparing the molds for fusing.
Fiber paper placed between the molds and the glass so the glass will not stick to the molds as it slumps down into the molds. Molds in the kiln, and ready to fire.
Kiln door closed and started on high. I set my desktop 110 kiln on top of the large kiln temporarily so I could fire it, as the counter top has not been build yet where it will repose permanently.
50 minutes of firing in the kiln, then cool down. Once the kiln is shut off I cannot look in it until the glass is completely cooled for risk of it cracking. That is always the hardest part, waiting to see the finished pieces! The next morning I opened the kiln and, yay! Good firing!!!
Glass removed from the molds and cleaned, signed and dated on the back. The finished fused glass heart-shaped bowls!
Linda loved her birthday gift. These small fused glass heart-shaped bowls are great for putting rings and earrings in on top of your dresser at night. They are one of my popular sellers. I can create them in any color under the rainbow.
And there you have the very first artwork created in my new art studio. It was so nice having all that room to spread out, work and create, and so much fun creating after the long break of building the studio. Even though the studio is not done yet, I improvised.
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Here are the Fused Glass Wind Chimes I made for my Son, Robert, for his birthday, yesterday. I just realized I have not posted any blog posts since after Thanksgiving. Was totally swamped over the holidays. Seems like the days just get by so very fast anymore.
I made them small because in the next 7 or 8 months the kids are going full time into an RV. They have been downsizing so I wanted something that could travel with them.
Here is a close up of the top, black glass with colored dichroic chips and stringers fused onto it.
The top piece is about 3 x 3 inches.
A close up of the upper 3 chimes. Blue streaky glass and Purple glass with bits of dichroic glass fused onto them.
Each chime is approximately 1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long.
And a close up of the lower 3 chimes.
The two outside chimes are actually Dark Purple glass, when held up to the light you can see they are purple.
All together is was quite a fun little project to create. The first set of Wind Chimes I have ever made. I strung the chimes with 8 lb fishing line my Hubby, Rick, had and used a fishing swivel for the top to hang them from.
Drilling all the holes in the glass before I fired them in the kiln, and tying the knots in the fishing line to string each of the chimes, all took quite a bit of time. I also had to learn to tie a couple of new knots, fishing knots, so the knots would not come untied and the glass fall off and break later on. Thanks Rick for sharing some You Tube videos.
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Hope everyone had a very wonderful Thanksgiving. I am totally stuffed just like the Turkey was. Actually my sis in law fixed a Turducken. It was fantastic!!!!
Totally excited I sold my first piece in my Etsy Shop, my Fused Glass Shawl Pin below:
This pin is made with dichrioc glass in copper, purple, blue fused onto a black base. I can create these in any color you prefer. $35.00 each.
Hope you got to share your Thanksgiving with family. Many blessings to all!!!
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