Thursday, October 30, 2014

Triptych Part 1

This is part 1 of a triptych I am currently working on, on the ageless theme of Maiden, Mother, Crone.

This is "Maiden" - carefree and chaotic youth, alive and young and vital and exploratory.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CiM Bing

 CiM Bing, which I have written about before, is a lovely shade of red. Interestingly, however, here when it is blown out to be paper thin, it is more of a flaming bright orange.

A very intense orange, to be sure. But no longer red.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gold Accents?

Fun? Gold accents? This is the Krylon 18 kt gold leafing pen - applied after the glass is out of the kiln and cold.

How durable is it? Withstands casual handling - determined effort will scratch it if you really try.

Could be a fun way to add a little gold accent. Why not?  I think this is how a lot of ceramics and commercial stuff get their gold accents.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Belladonna DragonScales - Follow Up

 Disappointingly, reducing this while the glass was still glowing did not result in a lustre that came out of the kiln (see previous post). Instead, it resulted in a murky greyed out colour with just hints of blue.

This is why I usually let glass cool before reducing. Many of the reduction glasses will take on this muddy effect when reduced while the glass is still glowing hot.

Oh well, will try again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vetrofond: 987 Dark Lichen

Ha. Bet you would never guess that this:


turns into this!

Yes, that's right - what appears to be a black core with a topaz overlay in the first photo, works up to be a streaky dark ivory with lapis blue stripes.

The topaz lightens and becomes opaque, and the black is apparently a dark blue. The result is striking and definitely not "what you see is what you get." This is stash of Vetro glass - so this is it. You'll not see this again.






 I got mine from Jean at Nortel, and I suggest you don't linger if you want any - because everyone I have shown these to is calling as we speak to order theirs.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Belladonna: Dragon Scales


This is Belladonna "Dragon Scales." Belladonna is a boutique glass from Arrow Springs with a small palette, but some cool stuff.

It is a deep emerald green transparent rod, and reduces easily. However, I had a high degree of metallic lustre on the items going into the kiln, most of which had disappeared when I took it out. The places that looked to be "over-reduced" when I put them into the kiln - with a milky aspect, were the only places that the reduction survived as the blue and aqua swirls, as shown here.

So definitely not what I was expecting - but attractive in their own right. Next time, I will reduce it longer, probably with the glass hotter (still glowing) and over all, more aggresively.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bubble Ring

Here's something kind of fun and experimental. This is a bubble ring, or a bunch o' grapes ring ... the bubbles are worked on a wire, and then the wire is coiled (after annealing and cooling), and attached to a cast ring base using jewelry grade epoxy clay.

Kind of fun. Wish I had not grabbed a ring size too small to be wearable by me ... .  ;-)