Yellow Daisy Pendant

Yellow Daisy Pendant

 

 I love flowers!  I thought I would make a pendant that had a flower on it.  It is just a simple daisy, but it took a lot of work to cut, score and grind each of the little pieces. 

I love the final product! 

Tell me what you think of it!!

Christine — Glass Artist

www.mastersglassart.com

My Three Blogs

Some of you know that I have another blog (www.mastersglassart.blogspot.com).  I just added an internal blog on my website (www.mastersglassart.com).  So, I have three blogs and they all have the same theme — blogging about my latest projects.

I have been thinking about stopping one of them.  Either this one or my blog on Blogger.  I am going to keep my internal blog on my website. 

I know that some of you probably read both of them.  Some of you probably just read this one.

I would love to have your input.  Which blog do you read the most?

Which blog should I stop?

Tell me if you don’t care!

What is on your mind?

Christine — Glass Artist

Wine Bottle Spoon Rest

Wine Bottle Spoon Rest

I just bought a wine bottle spoon rest mold.  Previously, I had made my own mold to slump wine bottles, but it was used too many times and it has seen it’s last day as a mold.

I thought I would need to make another mold, but this time I was going to try making it out of clay so it would last longer.  Fortunately, I found my new mold at http://www.crestmolds.com/glassaggers.html.  I really like how the mold shapes the wine bottle.  The sides of the bottle are raised up higher to create a bowl.

It would make an excellent gift, because it would look great on a stove.  I will be adding this wine bottle to my website (www.mastersglassart.com) in a few days.

Christine — Glass Artist

www.mastersglassart.com

My First Large Firing in My New Kiln

Many Glass Projects in My New Kiln

This is my first big firing in my new Skutt 1414.  Each of these projects has two layers, except for the four spoon rests that have an extra layer of decoration.

The very large green rectangle will be slumped (put on top of a mold and heated up in the kiln until the glass falls into or slumps into the mold) into a four candle bridge.  The smaller purple swirl rectangle will be slumped into a single candle bridge.  The two circles are for the 5″ drop ring mold.

The fusing turned out perfectly!  I then slumped some of these projects with a couple of other glass pieces ready for a slumping.  This group of projects is in the kiln as we speak.  So, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow after the kiln cools off enough to open the kiln and check out my new creations!  I must wait until the temp. of the kiln cools off to 100 degrees or less.  Since I didn’t start this firing until later in the day, I will have to wait awhile after I get up to look in the kiln, because the kiln won’t be cool enough, yet.

Christine — Glass Artist

www.mastersglassart.com

Glass Pendant with Two Triangles of Reed Dichroic Glass

Glass Pendant with Two Triangles of Reed Dichroic

This glass pendant was inspired by finding two triangles of Reed Dichroic Glass in my scrap pile.  I wondered what I could do with just these two triangles.  I started to play around with them – moving them around in different positions until I came to this design.  I decided to give it a try and see if it would make a pretty pendant.  I added two triangles of clear and then put a piece of clear behind the four triangles.  I think it came out very well!!

 Christine — Glass Artist

www.mastersglassart.com

Very Cool New Glass Vase

Red Lace decorating a Vanilla Glass Vase

I really love this gorgeous new vase!!  It came out much better than I expected.  The addition of small pieces of the red glass lace in the large area of vanilla glass really enhances the look.

I used a drop ring mold — the same one that I used in the Tutorial that I posted a few days back (here is the link to Part 1 of the Tutorial: https://glassart.wordpress.com/2007/05/15/  and the link to Parts 2 & 3: https://glassart.wordpress.com/2007/05/16/).   However, this time I added another layer of clear glass.  I fused two layers of clear glass with one layer of vanilla glass (96 Spectrum) and an oval piece of red glass lace — the one that I posted a few days ago — here is the link: https://glassart.wordpress.com/2007/05/18/.

I fused an extra layer of glass, because I wanted to make this vase 6″ tall.  With every 2″ rise in the height of the drop ring mold, another layer of glass needs to be added to make a structurally strong vase.

I must thank my dear husband for helping me with this vase.  Since I started the fusing so late in the day, he needed to spend an hour watching the kiln before he went to bed while the kiln needed to soak.  He also had to get up in the middle of the night a couple of times to check the kiln and adjust the manual controls.  He was not happy about it, but he did it for me anyway.  Thanks, hun!!

Christine — Glass Artist

www.mastersglassart.com

Glass Lace Technique

Black and Red Glass Lace

I put a layer of clear frit (small pieces of glass) on the kiln shelf and then I sprinkled some black glass powder on some of the clear and I did the same with some red glass powder. 

After firing this one, I noticed some interesting things that happened with the black and red glass powder. 

Black and Red Lace - a close-up view

In some areas, the red powder fused together and made some interesting lines or “veining.”  The same thing happened with the black powder, too.  I am going to try more of these to see what happens.

Christine — Glass Artist

www.mastersglassart.com