Two Pendants I Fired Yesterday

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These two fused glass pendants are custom orders.  They are ready to be shipped off, so I wanted to take a picture of them.  The both have dichroic glass as the bottom layer.  I put a clear piece of glass on top to really make the dichroic glass sparkle and shine!!

The dichroic glass in the pendant on the left is an orange with a ripple texture.  The one on the right is called a Marquis pattern.  The dichroic glass is flat with no texture.

 The final shape of each glass pendant was requested by the person who ordered it.  I hope both ladies really love their pendant.

Christine

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Fused Grey Goose Vodka Bottle

alcohol-grey-goose-vodka.jpg This is a picture of a fused Grey Goose Vodka Bottle.  Don’t you just love the way the mountain scene from the back of the bottle shows through after fusing?  The mountain scene even wraps around the sides of the bottle and just a little onto the front.  The flying geese are on the front of the bottle.  

There is a large goose on the front of the bottle that is sort of hidden.  It may take you awhile to find it!!

Christine

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Fused a Belvedere Vodka Bottle

There is another brand of vodka called Grey Goose and it has a really cool 3-D design, as well.  I will be fusing one of those sometime this week, so I will show you what they look like.

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Today I fused a Belvedere Vodka Bottle.  As you can see from the photo, it has a really cool 3-D design on the bottle.  Once the glass bottle is fused, the 3-D design is still visible.  The building in the background was etched into the back of the bottle and the white trees surrounded the entire bottle. 

Not many alcohol bottles have this etching and glass enamels, so these are truly unique!!

They can be used as trivets, spoon rests, or you can hang it on the wall.  They are a great conversational piece.

 

Christine

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More Experimenting with Glass Lace

Yesterday, I didn’t have much time to fire something that took awhile, so I experimented with glass lace.  Since you use tiny pieces of glass, you don’t have to worry about the speed that you heat up the kiln.  So, you can heat it up pretty quickly.

I wanted to make another oval piece, so I quickly made a stencil using my computer.  I used red opal glass frit medium size.  I also put a 7″ hoop on the shelf and added yellow opal frit.  For a third piece, I used a 4″ circle hoop and put two colors in this one: pale amber and deep aqua.

I fired the kiln for too long, becauce the yellow glass melted together leaving very large holes.    The red glass left an interesting design.  I didn’t use very much frit, so the lace is in a few pieces and the holes are very large and the “lines” are very thin.  The amber and aqua piece turned out differently, too, but the color combinations are very cool.  I don’t know what I am going to do with this piece.  Another one that will evolve over time, I guess 🙂

Today, I added more yellow frit to the previously fired yellow glass lace to try to make it more like I want it.

Christine

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Promised Photo of Small Glass Bowl

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Here is the promised photograph of the cute little drop mold bowl that I made a couple of days ago.  It is 5″ in diameter and 1″ high.  I used Spectrum ( www.spectrum.com ) Peppermint Baroque glass for this bowl. 

Well, the fusing of the two layers of glass, one clear and the other a dark purple, with the white opal glass lace on top didn’t turn out very well.  First, there are two bubbles in it; one is about 1 1/2″ in diameter and the other one is smaller.  On the back side and underneath the bubbles, the glass has  pewter colored areas. 

I thought this was very odd and didn’t know what caused it, so I went to the www.warmglass.com forum and asked what may have caused this.  As I was typing my questions, I remembered that I had put some glue in several places to hold the glass together while I took it to my kiln.   From the answers that I got back from various people, they said that the glue carbonized which made it turn that pewter color.  I even put so much glue in these areas that the gases from the glue caused the bubbles to form.  Darn!!  I was hoping for a nice piece of glass that I was going to slump into a bowl today.  I still will slump it into a bowl, but I won’t be able to sell it.  We can use it in our house!

I seem to be learning a lot of lessons lately.

So, instead of slumping the white lace glass into a bowl, I decided to fuse two spoon rests and about eight pendants.  The spoon rests weren’t quite ready for fusing — I still needed to grind the edges to the perfect size of the spoon rest mold.   One of the spoon rests is an amber swirl color of glass.  I fused the same glass to itself.  The other spoon rest is a blue with a little white swirl in it.  I also fused this glass to itself.  This is because neither of these glassses are tested for compatibility, meaning they really aren’t a fusible glass.  However, any glass can be fused to itself with no problems.

Christine

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Fused Glass Lace Project

Well, I didn’t get the picture of the cute little bowl yet, hopefully tomorrow!  It did come out just like I thought it would. 

Today, I fused some glass.  I put a piece of clear underneath a piece of purple translucent glass.  The white opal glass lace that I made about a week ago was put on top of the purple glass.  I then put all the layers in the kiln and fired it up to 1500 degrees and let it soak for 10 minutes to allow the glass to come to the same temperature. 

I hope it turns out well!  I plan on slumping the fused glass into a Ball mold.  Maybe tomorrow.

Christine

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Another Bowl

I had a small piece of the Spectrum Peppermint Baroque left over from all my other projects.  So, today I made a small drop ring bowl.  This mold is 5″ in diameter on the outside and the inside hole is about 3″ in diameter.  It took a couple of hours for this glass to drop to the kiln shelf and make a nice bottom for the glass bowl.  I’m not sure why it took so long…

I think it will be a cute little bowl and I plan on making more of them.  I’ll take a picture tomorrow and show you how it turned out.

Christine

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