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« on: November 29, 2008 02:27:11 PM »

After waiting a year and seeing all the great things on this board I finally got the chance to take a "mini" (4 hour) class in glass fusing!

Here are the results! The first four pieces are tiles.


This is my favourite:




Here is my attempt at cherry blossoms. Next time I'll have a reference photo in front of me:




The pieces on top of the black are actually opaque pink but you can't really tell:




An abstract:




And of course, pendants:



What does everyone/anyone think?
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008 03:43:59 PM »

I love them, and the pink (cherry blossoms) shows up just fine! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008 08:45:42 PM »

They are beautiful.  You did a great job.  I really like the cherry blossoms, and I think the pendants are especially good.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008 02:05:03 PM »

Great job for your first time! Are you going to keep up with it? Maybe take another class....buy a kiln?
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008 06:59:05 PM »

pinkyk, I'd LOVE to buy a kiln and continue with glass fusing but we don't have room here for a "workspace".

Any crafts I do, I do on the dining room table. We also eat at that table so I don't want to cut glass there.

And a class is too expensive for me right now.

I'm trying to figure out how I could do more of this, though....thanks for all the comments, everyone!
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008 01:58:22 PM »

Nice job! So are you "hooked" now?
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008 06:38:02 PM »

aheartofglass: Oh, COMPLETELY hooked!!!! I love the fact that you get exactly the colours you picked in the first place (before firing)...not like glazed pottery which is usually a surprise as to what colour will emerge.

Now when I look at fused glass at outdoor markets I know exactly what they used and how!
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008 06:41:48 AM »

pinkyk, I'd LOVE to buy a kiln and continue with glass fusing but we don't have room here for a "workspace".

Any crafts I do, I do on the dining room table. We also eat at that table so I don't want to cut glass there.


hehheheh I TOTALLY get that. We've been eating on TV trays because my glass has taken over the kitchen. I have work tables set up in there. The kind that fold in half that you get at Home Depot for $40. That's what I use for my glass. My actual kitchen table is glass so there is a BIG no working with glass on the glass table rule in my house.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2008 09:07:48 AM »

HAHA! I can see why there would be no glass cutting allowed on a glass table! One slip with the cutting wheel (does it have a formal name?) and...........I shudder to think!
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2008 04:35:28 AM »

Great Job, and congrats on finding a class.

If you get a chance to use the kilns again, play around and try to do different things. Be sure to take pictures of the before and after. That way, if you have something unexpectedly cool, you have a picture of how you set it up, and can probably replicate it.

As for glass changing color when it's fired, there are a quite a few glasses that may darken or change color, slightly. It can be a little frustrating when you are looking for one shade of a color, and it comes out really dark.

Kudos,

Kappy

P.S. I think we may get someone the microwave kiln for Christmas. It's cheap, it's small, and it doesn't take up a lot of space. This may be an option for those people who can't afford a kiln, and want to get into glass fusing. We will report on it, if we get one.
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