Almond and Green Fused Glass Vase

Fused Glass Vase

Guess how tall this fused glass vase is!  Nope…sorry… it is 10.5 inches tall!

This fused glass vase is one of the highest vases I have made.  Needless to say, there are a lot of steps to making it.  There is a total of five layers of glass, plus the green glass lace.  There are three layers of glass in the base of the fused glass vase.

First, I fused three of the five layers of glass together, then, I fused the other two layers of glass to the first three layers.  The diameter of these five layers was 8 inches.  I placed these five layers of glass onto my drop ring mold, which was propped up 10 inches.  I put it in the kiln and watched the glass as it dropped through the ring mold to the shelf.  When the glass dropped as far as I wanted it to, I turned off the heat, so it wouldn’t drop any further.  I let the kiln continue with the firing schedule until it was all done.

Next, I fused three layers of glass to make the base for the fused glass vase.  The base gives the vase more stability.  Then, I tack fused the base to the vase.

This fused glass vase is lovely sitting on a table or shelf just by itself.  However, you can use it for fresh or dried flowers.

Christine – Glass Artist

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Cranberry Fused Glass Vase

This small fused glass vase is 4 1/2″ high and 4″ in diameter at the top.  First, I fused two layers of glass about 4 1/2″ in diameter.  Second, I used a drop ring mold, which is a mold with a 3″ hole in the middle.  I propped the mold 4″ high, placed the glass on the mold and put it back in the kiln.  I had to watch the glass as it dropped through the mold, so it would land nicely on the shelf.  If it isn’t watched, all the glass could fall through the mold and create a large pile of glass on the shelf.  I know this, because it has happened to me :)

Third, I fused two layers of glass for the base of the fused glass vase.  Fourth, I tack fused the base to the vase.  This gives the vase more stability.

I plan on making a taller fused glass vase with the Cranberry glass, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Christine — Glass Artist

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Green Fused Glass Plate with Dice

Green Glass Plate with White and Red Squares

Last year I made a drop out ring glass bowl using the same colors of glass and the same white and red square design as this fused  glass plate.  However, for the fused glass bowl, I put three red dots in each white square to make a holly design for Christmas.  When people commented on the fused glass bowl, they always said the squares reminded them of dice.

So, I decided to make this fused glass plate with different amounts of red dots to make it look like dice.  What do you think?  Does it remind you of dice?

Christine — Glass Artist

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Purple Glass Vase

Purple Glass Vase

Purple Glass Vase

I created this glass vase a couple of months ago.  There are a lot of steps to go through and a lot of firings.  This glass vase is 10 1/2″ tall, so it required five layers of glass to drop it so far.

A drop out ring vase of 4″ requires two layers of glass.  For every two inches added to the height, another layer of glass is required.   The reason for adding a layer at these intervals is to prevent the glass just below the rim from getting too thin.

In addition to the five layers of glass, I fused some white lace to the bottom.

When the vase is dropping, attention is required so the bottom of the vase doesn’t drop too much.  If this happens, the bottom will start to bulge out.  The bottom of this glass vase started to bulge a little.  Actually, the bulge occurred when I was tack fusing the base to the vase.  I think I held it for too long.

I’d love to know what you think of it!!  Please leave a message — it doesn’t take very long.

Christine — Glass Artist

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Blue and Yellow Glass Vase

vase-10-in-blue-with-marigold-pieces

I made this glass vase a couple of months ago.  It took a lot of steps to make it, so it probably took a couple of months to make it.  I made a purple glass vase a few months before I made this blue glass vase.  I think I wrote a post about it, but didn’t have a picture of it yet.  I still don’t, but I finally took a picture of this blue glass vase.

I will talk more about this glass vase tomorrow.

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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Blue and White Swirl Glass Bowl

This Glass Bowl was a collaboration between Dave and myself.  I cut out three circles – 7″ white, 9″ dark blue translucent, and 9″ clear.  Dave did the creative part of cutting the white circle into the swirl.  I fused the glass layers together and then set up the drop ring to make a shallow glass bowl.

We made a similar glass bowl a couple of months ago.  I was cutting out a white glass circle and it cracked in half.  While I was frustrated, Dave saw an opportunity to make a swirl design with the white glass.   We eventually came up with a similar glass bowl.  We sold it at the next Art Festival, so we wanted to make another one.

When we put it into this metal stand, the light hits the glass bowl and the blue shows up on the surface underneath.  It is really cool to see.  This picture doesn’t show it very well.

 

 

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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I Just Fired a 10″ High Glass Vase

I just pulled out another 10″ high Glass Drop Ring Vase!  It turned out great!  I don’t have a picture of it yet.  I am just so excited that it turned out so nicely.  I fused five layers of glass, plus some scrap glass for the design.  I had to fuse five layers of glass, because the glass drop ring is 10″ high.  When the glass drops through the ring, it stretches quite a long ways and I didn’t want the neck of the vase to be too thin.

I need to fuse three layers of round glass to make a base for the glass vase.  This will make the glass vase more substantial.  I don’t want to make the base larger than the hole in the ring mold.  Otherwise, I would have to break the mold to get the glass vase out of the ring mold.  I suppose it would be a rather interesting glass vase if I made the base larger and just kept the ring mold with the glass vase :)

I will post a picture when I take one.

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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I am Giving a Fused Glass Demonstration for the Brookings Art Guild

I will be giving a glass art demonstration for the Brookings, Oregon Art Guild tomorrow.  I will be talking about the basics of fused glass and then show the group how I make a fused glass plate and a glass drop out ring vase. 

I am excited to give the demonstration, because I enjoy telling others about my art.  However, I am nervous, too, because I haven’t talked in front of a large group of people in a long time.  However, I guess everyone is nervous before speaking in front of people.

If you live near Brookings, feel free to come to the demonstration.  It will be at the Manley Art Center in Brookings, Oregon at 11am.

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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Elegant Blue Spoon Rest

Blue Glass Spoon Rest

I had a custom order awhile ago for a cobalt blue glass spoon rest with white glass stringers for a design.  The custom order glass spoon rest was different from the picture above, but I liked the other one that I made, so I made another one that has a different design. 

It is simple, yet, very elegant.  If blue is the color of your kitchen, this glass spoon rest will add a lot to your decor.  Blue doesn’t even need to be the color of your kitchen :)  I have some friends who decorate their house with things they like and don’t stick to a particular color for each room.   Whatever your decorating style, this glass spoon rest will be beautiful.

For some other news, we just bought a new (used) kiln.  It is a very large ceramic Cress Kiln with a controller on it.  I am so excited to have this new kiln :)  Now, I can make more of those taller glass projects, like glass vases, that won’t fit in my Skutt 1414 glass kiln.  However, it is not working correctly.  Only the top two levels of elements are heating up.  My husband is going to call Cress Kilns tomorrow to see if the wiring to the plug needs to be changed for the kiln to work right.  I hope that this is the case.  I would hate to have to give it back to the people we bought it from, but what can a person do with a kiln that doesn’t work?  Nothing but look at it.  I suppose it could serve as a large work surface ;)

Christine — Glass Artist

 

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White Design on Blue Glass Bowl

Blue and White Glass Bowl

 

Dave designed this glass bowl.  I was cutting a circle out of the white glass and it broke, so I couldn’t use it anymore.  However, Dave saw something right away and started to make more cuts in the white glass.  This is what he saw in that piece of white glass that broke. 

He couldn’t decide what to do with it — should he make a bowl or a plate?  Should it be round or square?  We finally decided to fuse it to a piece of dark blue transluscent glass and a piece of clear glass.  Then I did a short drop mold to make this glass bowl. 

Here is a front shot of the glass bowl:

 

White Glass Bowl

 

 I think Dave was in a very creative mood when he was designing this glass bowl.  What do you think?  Did he do a good job?

 

Christine — Glass Artist (Dave, too :)

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