Playing with some new “wave” action and my glass “puddles!”

Evolution of a crackle bowl….

I love using the techniques I have learned lately to come up with my own unique glass.  Here is another crackle piece that ended up as a beautiful 10” bowl! 

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This is the interim state along with the Design Seeds color palette that inspired it! image

I started with a gradation of colors in powdered frit —-

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You can see that my “leveling” process over the frit resulted in some red getting dragged through the green…..not my first designs but I kind of like it, actually!  Here it is after it was fired once.

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Once it was capped with clear and fired again…

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I decided to layer this over more light peach cream in a larger size to give it a pronounced rim.

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I ended up with a couple of funky long bubbles that I drilled through with my dremel tool and refired with clear powder on top. Worked like a charm!  Then back into the kiln for a slump cycle in a deep bowl mold that has a nice rim on it……voila!

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Lots of beautiful one of a kind fused glass pendants available in my shop right now! Lots of fun for $20-$30 and they make great gifts!

Lots of beautiful one of a kind fused glass pendants available in my shop right now! Lots of fun for $20-$30 and they make great gifts!

Back to more “crackle” glass

I stocked up on glass powder after the big sales in July at both Bullseye and Uroboros Glass here in Portland so I was ready to get back to the crackle techniques I had learned in class this past Spring.  I was drooling through all the beautiful Design Seeds palettes that I had been saving and found a few to play with.  How about a step by step walk through of how this piece came to be?

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I started with this lovely combination as my inspiration…

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The base was made with glass powders in light aqua and turquoise transparent shades and then, using a flower stencil, I sifted two caribbean blue and one dark aquamarine flowers on top of the aqua and turquoise base.  Before the first firing it looked like this going into the kiln.

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Here is what it looked like after the first fire….

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I added an opaque oasis green in all the cracks you see here…..

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and then fired a second time with a cap of clear glass to get this….

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But what to do next? I wanted to bring in more green so I decided to use spring green opaque as the background glass.

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…..and what a difference that made!

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Lastly, it was slumped into a dish mold to get the final shape seen in the first photo….Next time I try these colors I will try a transparent background glass instead of opaque to keep more of the true color palette!

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So glad I have more colors to play with!

All done now!  More here - BPR Designs

Playing with more flowers and shrubs and fossil vitra — this is a small lacecap hygrangea and black glass as a test tile….I think my next version will be on a lighter color so I can bring out more of the flower colors but this one holds much promise!!

Playing with more flowers and shrubs and fossil vitra — this is a small lacecap hygrangea and black glass as a test tile….I think my next version will be on a lighter color so I can bring out more of the flower colors but this one holds much promise!!

Fossil Vitra continued….

So I promised more on my lavender “fossil vitra,” and here it is!  Just a reminder on where I got the info on this technique — check out Paul Tarlow’s site - Fusedglass.org for a detailed breakdown of the steps.

So here is the first bunch of lavender before I fired it under yummy creamy french vanilla glass….I used a combination of purple and blue on the flower heads here.image

And here is how it turned out after one firing.  image

Not bad, but I was a bit underwhelmed by it. So I thought, maybe I should add more lavender and some different color.  Then a PDX heat wave and some custom orders interrupted my process and by the time I got to round two with this piece, my lavender was getting a little past its prime. But I decided to give it a go anyway.  Here is the result using plum and purple on the flower heads and I used a lighter green on the stems. 

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You can see the change in the blooming stage of the flower heads between the two firings.  And the stems are a bit hard to read in some places.

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Just one more trip back to the kiln with a dusting of clear powdered frit on the top to add some shine and we’re nearly done.

Here is a second piece I did using a larger, fresher lavender species and purple powder with a dusty lilac sheet glass.  This one will also get a little “topcoat” to smooth the rough spots and give it shine and then I will decide what shape they will end up!

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I am always learning more with these techniques!  I think that is one of the things that intrigues me about kiln formed glass. Have a great weekend…..

Having fun with “Fossil Vitra”

I love trying out different techniques in glass and an exciting one I have been playing with is known as “fossil vitra.” I don’t know where this technique originated but I found it on Paul Tarlow’s site - Fusedglass.org

While this is not the first time I have tried this technique, it is the first time I documented it with decent photos, and I am loving how my latest batch turned out! 

I wandered my yard to see what I might use in terms of flora to capture in glass.  I grabbed some cypress, juniper, lavender and abelia branches this time.  In case you are not familiar with abelia, here it is…sweetly scented flowers on a beautiful shrub…..image

I started with fresh branches.  I sprayed them with a good dose of cheap hairspray so that the powdered glass would adhere to the leaves and stems. Then I covered them with various colors of powdered art glass. It must be glass that is compatible with the sheet glass used.  I use Bullseye, since I live very close to the factory and have easy access to it.image

And here is how the abelia branches (bottom right) turned out…image

a close up….image

the second piece…image

and the finished plates….image

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I am not so thrilled with my color choices using the cypress and juniper (which I have used before with greater success) so back to the drawing boards with those…..But the lavender definitely holds promise, so watch for more on that soon.