This Glass Plate is called “Broken Hearts No. 1.” It is the first in a series of four. My husband, Dave, is making this series of glass plates. For this glass plate, he cut a piece of black glass and then put it between some newspapers and hit the glass once with a ball peen hammer. He glued each of the pieces of black glass onto the red glass in the exact way that it broke.
We fused it face down and then flipped it over, added a piece of clear glass and fused it again. The edges were distorted where the red glass showed. This happened because as the black glass softened, it moved outward leaving the red glass in place. Dave ground the edges so they were straight again and then we fire polished the glass. The last step was to slump it in a shallow plate mold.
Dave has finished “Broken Hearts” No. 2 and 3, click here to see the blog post for the third glass plate: https://glassart.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/broken-hearts-glass-plate-3/. The third and fourth glass plates in the series will feature pieces of the red glass broken and then glued onto a black glass background. Dave is almost done with the fourth glass plate. All he has left to do is grind the edges straight, fire polish it and then slump it in the mold.
I realize I put these glass plates out of order, but who really cares, right? I could have changed the numbers and no one would have known except us 🙂 Now, I need to look for a picture of the second glass plate and figure out how I missed blogging about it 🙂
Christine — Glass Artist
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