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.
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