After starting to work with glass it did not take long realize that glass cutters are to glass artists what putters are to golfers. There is always one a little bit better one just lurking around the corner ready to snatch up your credit card. For glass fusers, slumping molds seem to hold the same allure.
Meet our latest acquisition. A 12 inch round organic bowl about 3 inches deep with a nice wavy lip all the way around. Better yet it was on sale at a really good price! My credit card could not pass it up.
Now what to do with it…
First a base plate of two circles of glass fully fused together. In this case a transparent blue topaz with a clear sheet and a little clear powder in between to reduce bubbles. That gives us a pretty blue plate, but it’s also a little bit boring.
So next we dress it up a bit with some design elements:
- First a slightly smaller circle of white glass that is cut into quarters along curved lines. Because it is a smaller circle the white pieces can be spread out a bit when placed on the base plate, leaving the blue to show through. These are kept in place with a couple dabs of clear Elmer’s Glue so we can continue to work on the plate.
- Next a mixture of white and black frit is added to the center of the plate in circular pattern that will become the bottom of the bowl.
- Finally, color is added to the white glass using pastel green and yellow opalescent frit, adding a charcoal gray line in between. A light layer of hair spray keeps all the frit in place while we move the whole thing into the kiln.
Here it is all ready to fire for a second time. This will be a contour fuse so the edges of the white glass and the texture of the frit remain. (The glue and hair spray burn off between 500 and 700 degrees leaving no trace, but it is a bit smelly!)
Finally, a third firing to slump the plate into the latest acquisition and we have new bowl!