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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Craftster's is just to slow on: June 19, 2011 08:54:01 AM
I don't know if anyone else has noticed it as much as I have, but Craftster has been getting slower and slower over the last few months. It's got to the point that I rarely come on any more because it takes forever to just get into the Glass Crafts area, let along view the threads.  I know it's not me because I have a fast fiber connection and other forums I'm on that are very photo intensive do not have the same slow down problem. I don't know if this site is just experiencing server issues with too many users for the bandwidth and hardware they use or if they are on a slow link.  Or if it's because they have too many pop up ads all over each page. 

It's too bad since it does drive people away, even those that just want to view and don't even post. Although it probably wouldn't do any good, I'd post a comment to the site owners if I knew where to post it, but the site is too slow for me to even bother trying to find if there is such a place on here.  I'll check back from time to time, but that's why I've not been on very much lately.

Mike

2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The Pirate Fish on: April 11, 2011 09:15:46 PM
I've had this fish cut out for some time, but just got around to finally fusing it last night.  I wasn't sure how or what I wanted to fuse it too, so I kept putting it off. I finally just grabbed a piece of transparent dark green glass, put it on top and put some of my bits and pieces on with it and fired it.




Mike

3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Making Mosaic Bits and Pieces on: February 13, 2011 08:57:37 PM
Although this may look like a mosaic table top before the grout is put on, it really isn't. Cheesy  What it is is a kiln shelf full of un-fired bits and pieces from my large supply of scrap glass that I've been wondering what to do with.  I've been wanting to do a mosaic for some time, I just can't figure out what pattern I want to attempt doing. I'd been playing with some snipped pieces left over from one of my other projects, pushing them around into different shapes and patterns, but nothing was jumping out at me. So I decided to fire them to polish and round off the edges.  I did a few, then a few more and then a couple of shelf fulls and now I've got several pounds of fired pieces of different colors that I haven't figured what to do with... but they look neat on my desk top. Cheesy



This self I put in tonight, here is a bunch that I've already done and what they look like (ignore the Gecko in the middle, he was sunning himself and wouldn't move for the picture)... This is only a small part of what I've done so far.



I'm not very creative when it comes with coming up with patterns or something else that these could be used for, so I don't know if I'll ever actually use them, but it's better than turning the scrap into a pot melt or something.

Mike

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / A couple of little things... on: December 21, 2010 05:58:07 PM
Here are a couple of things I finished last night and pulled out of the kiln this afternoon...


I used some scrap glass to create this fish skeleton...




And I also created some Ladybugs...



The fish is about 4"x4.5" and the Ladybugs are 3"x2.75".


Mike
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Segmented Heart on: December 11, 2010 11:46:22 AM

  Along with the Dragonfly, I also pulled this out of the kiln this morning.  With the same idea as the broken tile I posted a couple of weeks ago, this one takes a design and cuts it up rather than breaks it with a hammer or 2x4.  7" wide by 7.5" tall, fused face down (and I forgot to flip the heart so it's actually reversed from what I wanted).



Mike
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Dragonfly on: December 11, 2010 11:42:47 AM

 I just pulled this out of the kiln this morning. My attempt at a Dragonfly. Wingspan is 9" and body is 6" long.



Mike

7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Intentionally Cracking the Plate on: December 01, 2010 11:00:15 PM
Over the Thanksgiving holidays I had some time to try out something I've been wanting to do. What I did was take a piece of black glass and deliberately broke it. Then I put it on top of another piece of glass, leaving the cracks from where it broke.  The first two I did, I used a hammer to break it. I fused the first one face up with a piece of yellow underneath.  It came out ok, but not what I was looking for.  The 2nd one, I used a piece of red glass and fused it face down.  This was much closer to what I was looking for, but I didn't separate the pieces far enough and during the fusing they closed up a bit and the red wasn't as apparent.  The third one I did, I didn't use a hammer, I used the end of a 2x4 board to get a different pattern and spread the pieces out more. I could have spread out a bit more, but it came pretty close to what I was looking for.  I had reduced the top temperature by 25 degrees and shortened the hold time by 10 minutes so I didn't get a full fuse between the black and red. This is what it looked like after the first fuse:



This weekend I put a clear piece of glass on top of it and fused it again. Unfortunately, the clear and black fused into the red and closed up the cracks again, so I need to rethink it and try again.  I'm working on an idea for a forth attempt this weekend now.

Mike
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Red Coasters and Bouv Profiles on: November 14, 2010 04:38:40 PM
I finally got around to finishing the last 2 coasters in the shape of a dog paw that I started a week or so ago.  This time I did them in red. I've always thought red and black went well together although I was afraid the red glass I used wasn't going to be red enough. I was glad to see that after it was fired it turned a bit redder than it was unfired.

I also finished the cut out profiles I did based on the Bouvier des Flandres dog breed we have.  I was waiting on some tiny diamond bits and when they came in I had to find a chuck reducer for my drill since the smallest bit I wanted to use was to small for my drill chuck to hold on to. I couldn't find one local for my drill but I did find a smaller collet for my Drimmel which was small enough to hold the tiny bits.  I don't like the Drimmel as much as my variable speed drill where I can go slow. The Drimmel, even on it's lowest speed is still way to fast for me. But I got them drilled.  The biggest profile (about 7" from tip of nose to heel on hind leg) has two holes drilled and the others only have one.  The last two I did I decided to leave a little tab on the back and that is where I drilled my hole.

The red paws:



And the Bouv profiles:



Mike
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog Paw Print Coasters on: November 04, 2010 04:07:20 PM

I've been working one some coasters that I did in the shape of dog paws. I originally started to make them spoon rests but I couldn't get the slump so that the toes curled up the way I wanted it to, so I decided they were coasters instead. They don't work half bad as coasters either.

The base was cut out of one piece of glass and then I cut out the black pads, set them on top of the base and did a fuse that was above tack fuse but not quit a full fuse.  This gave me the 3D effect with the paws.  They are about 5" square and very simple to make with a ring saw.

These two I did with a pinkish colored 3mm thick glass:



Here is a side view:



These 4 were made with French Vanalla thin rolled glass. The thinner base was easier to cut but I like the thickness of the 3mm glass of the first two.



I'm working on some with a red colored base glass, which I have cut out, but I've been fighting a cold the last week and haven't felt like finishing them up. I'm also wanting to do one around 10" in size with two layers of 3 mm glass and make it a center piece to set warm or cold (not super hot) dishes on.  That would make an interesting look for people that like dog stuff. Cheesy

Mike
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Small Leaf Birdbath on: June 04, 2010 03:57:26 PM
Besides the large leaf shaped birdbath I posted a few days ago, I've also been working on some smaller hummingbird/butterfly birdbaths to go in the garden with the big one.  These were done with Freeze N Fuse in a 7" plastic leaf mold. 

This is the first one I did after I slumped it into a drop ring mold made out of fiber paper.



Here are 3 more that I've not slumped yet:





I'll be slumping the last 3 as well.  Besides making hummingbird/butterfly baths they could also make a good place to put keys and coins and other small items. 

Mike
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