Category Archives: All About Glass
Sometimes, things happens. A mold gets dropped, an edge gets knocked against a hard surface, stress occurs during a firing, or a mold arrives broken in shipment. Before you give up and toss out a broken mold or texture tile, think about other ways you can use the pieces that remain: http://jestersbaubles.blogspot.com/2015/08/harvest-moon-repurposing-fused-glass.html
Recently I created a koi platter using paints from Unique Glass Color (UGC) and a Creative Paradise texture tile. I planned to create a short tutorial, so I took pictures of the process along the way. Today I received a few questions about the process, so it’s time to write a blog post: http://jestersbaubles.blogspot.com/2015/08/fused-glass-koi-platter.html
Fused Glass Design Elements – Glass Combing by GAGU member Dana Worley
|Fused glass bowl with combed design|
Glass combing, or raking, is a fused glass technique where the glass is heated to a temperature high enough to allow the glass to be manipulated in the kiln. The glass is typically brought to between 1600 and 1700 degrees Fahrenheit and then a stainless steel tool (or rake) is used to swirl the glass. You can read more, here: http://jestersbaubles.blogspot.com/2015/05/fused-glass-design-elements-glass.html
by Dana Worley
I have been working with the crackle technique using glass powders the past several months, since taking a class with Bob Leatherbarrow in October. The results of the technique when using red, yellow, orange, and brown powders remind me of the red rock canyons of Southern Utah. My experiences while exploring Utah and the resemblance of crackle to redrock were my inspiration for this year’s Warmglass Magless Exchange (www.warmglass.com). Click here to read more …
This past summer, a person I met at an outdoor art show contacted me about creating a custom light switch for her home. She and her husband had recently gone through a kitchen remodel. She explained that the existing light switch was off-center, and she was looking for something to appear more balanced in the space and work well with her existing décor. Would I be interested? Well, sure, I thought. How hard can it be? That kind of statement always ends up falling into the “famous last words” category. Click here to read about Dana’s adventure.
One of the questions that is often asked in the fused glass world is, “How do I get the back of my glass smooth?” When glass softens, it picks up the texture of whatever it’s against. That texture might be from shelf paper or kiln wash, or even the texture of a smooth stainless steel mold. Thus, the qualities of glass that make it so versatile also cause some of its problems.
Rather than fight this problem, why not use it to your advantage? Paul Tarlow has published a great little ebook that teaches several methods for using texture in design of bowls. The book is called, “Beautiful Bowl Backs” and it can be found at http://fusedglassbooks.com/. Click here to read more.
I follow a couple of fused glass forums, and it seems that the projects people make and the topics discussed come in waves. Several months ago, it was fused glass puddles. Then came pot melts, followed by “flow” pieces. One of the latest hot topics is the crackle technique, which involves using finely ground glass powder (powdered frit) sifted down on fiber paper, moistened, and then manipulated to produce cracks in the powder. Click here to read more.