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« on: December 11, 2008 05:15:03 AM »

This Saturday, Pinky K is throwing an all encompassing Holiday Party. When she throws a party, one of her requirements is that the guests get a takeaway item. So, for this party, we agreed that we were going to make some fused glass ornaments as the takeaway.

The objective was to come up with simple designs using simple shapes, so that we can easily mass produce ornaments. Also the ornaments were intended to be no more than three inches in height. So, most of these ornaments are between 2 - 3 inches tall.

The first group of ornaments that we made were 5 Pointed Stars. We made some out of glittery green, solid red, and clear glass. The design is really simple combination of like-sized triangles.


The next group of ornaments that we made were Christmas Trees. We used glittery green glass for the tree, and a white stringer to simulate the string of lights on the tree.


After making some extremely simple ornaments, we tackled something a bit more complex. The next batch of ornaments were Angels. The Angels consisted of small circles for the head (yellow/orange) and halo (clear), which were a total pain to cut and grind. The body was a simple blue triangle, and the wings were white half circles.


At this point, Pinky thought we were being too Christmas with our Ornaments, and wanted something festive. So, we did a batch of Martini Glasses. The martini glass was two triangles and a rectangle using clear glass. The olive (green/yellow) was a small circle, which again was a pain to grind. The toothpick is a green stringer. In case it doesn't show in the picture, the olive does have a little red pimento (red frit).


So, Pinky said that we needed to have candy canes. I really dislike doing curves in glass, because I hate grinding. So, cutting curved candy canes was a pain. The base consists of three separate white pieces, two that make the curved part, and a rectangle for the long straight part. Then using solid red, we cut small rectangles and put them in place. The red was used to join the three white pieces. This had to go through a full fused, and they were just cooling down this morning.


Also, in the above picture, was the very first ornament that I attempted, a snowflake. It was a total pain to assemble, which is the reason why there is only one of those ornaments.

So, this brings us to our latest batch, which is yet unfired. I got this crazy idea to do Penguins. The Penguins consist of a solid black eggplant shaped piece for the body, with a white oval for the chest. There are three solid yellow triangles for the feet and the beak. There are two solid black triangles for the wings. I couldn't come up with anything good for the eyes. We don't have any white frit. White stringers didn't seem to be working. So, I might have to go to the glass store to get some white frit.


Here is a picture of most of the completed ornaments, on our kitchen counter. We are probably going to epoxy bales or copper loops on the backs of the ornaments so that they can be hung. I would drill them, but I am very concerned about cracking the glass. Sigh.


I think tonight, I will be staging some Stars of David and maybe some gift boxes.

I hope you enjoy our latest efforts...

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008 05:23:09 AM »

All are cute, but I love the martini glass, and the penguins! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008 06:59:01 AM »

I have to say the martini glasses are my favorite too. Perhaps we'll make another batch of those.....
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008 07:35:18 AM »

I love the martinis and penguins best, too! They are all soooo cute!! Lucky guests!
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008 08:25:11 AM »

I love the martinis and penguins, TOO! Cheesy  So cute, you guys!
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2008 12:13:52 PM »

Those are all so cute! The martini glass is definitely #1 in my book.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008 12:15:08 PM »

Lush!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008 12:31:05 PM »

Lush!  Cheesy

Oh, so if I had said "martinis and penguins" it would have been ok, huh?  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2008 12:41:26 PM »

well, duh! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2008 02:30:06 PM »

They all look great...especially the penguins and I really like the candy canes, too.  Can't wait to try fusing!!  Looks fun!
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2008 02:35:35 PM »

They all look great...especially the penguins and I really like the candy canes, too.  Can't wait to try fusing!!  Looks fun!

It's great fun! He's making a gingerbread man right now!

Teapot is here and she is making the most fabulous name tags any winter party has ever seen!  Yes, I'm making people wear name tags so they don't become "white pants guy" or some such name.

I'm back to sewing pillows for my dog eaten couch..... sigh.... not quite as fun.
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2008 04:24:01 AM »

So, most of this week has been staging glass for a few hours, and popping things into the kiln for about 10 - 12 hours (including cooldown).

Last night, we fired the Penguins, which look like they came out very well. They were fired with a bunch of Santa Hats, which looked pretty cool, too. Unfortunately, the kiln was still 450 degrees, this morning.

Today will probably involve full fusing the Gingerbread Men and the Tiffany Gift Boxes, that were staged last night.

Hopefully, we will be able to post some pictures of the new stuff. And, so everyone knows, we are going to make even more Martini Glasses. Pinky thinks that will be the popular choice for the takeaway.

More later,

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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2008 10:21:58 AM »

I really dislike doing curves in glass, because I hate grinding. So, cutting curved candy canes was a pain.

Would it be possible to make the candy cane ornaments the same way they make real candy canes? That is, by fusing a strip of white and a strip of red together, and doing the twisting/curving while it's still hot? I don't really know anything about working with glass, so maybe it's not possible without special tools. Just a thought Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2008 11:39:42 AM »

I have seen some glass bracelets at craft shows, that were formed while the glass was hot from the kiln. The people use tongs (graphite?) while the glass is approximately 1300 degrees to do the shaping. It seems to me that it should be possible to use the tongs to twist glass at 1300 degrees, instead of shaping it.

Unfortunately, we don't have those kinds of tools yet.

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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2008 02:55:50 PM »

I'm gonna go with Martini glass and penguins too!
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I can't wait to see the gift boxes!!!

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« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2008 08:07:55 PM »

Absolutely fantastic - I wish I was coming to your party, I would love any one of those ornaments (and probably would try to sneak off with them all).

I can't wait to see what the penguins will look like with their eyes on, they look pretty adorable as it is.
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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2008 09:53:41 AM »

The gift boxes were a bust. Sigh. Should have used a tack fuse.

The Gingerbread Men came out pretty cool.

The finished Penguins came out better than expected.

I'll try to get pictures up, later. :-)

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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2008 04:30:11 AM »

The Kaperak Kollection 2008 turned out to have a total of 8 different Ornaments. From right to left, top to bottom, there is 5 Point Star, Christmas Tree, Angel, Martini Glass, Penguin, Candy Cane, Santa Hat, Gingerbread Man.


It was a blast and a challenge to conceptualize, design, and ultimately create. A lot of times I have a problem with abstracting a concept and keeping it simple. So, I was pleased that I was able to keep the designs simple.

Finally, we used twisted silver filament and epoxied it to the back of the ornaments. We figured that this was the easiest way to mount the ornaments so that they could be hung.


Thanks for everyone taking a look.

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« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2008 12:54:02 PM »

I totally flipped out when I saw him making those penguins y'all! Kappy's got da skillz!

I need a christmas tree, an angel, a star and a candy cane.  Cheesy
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How about those awesome perfect wire loops? Hmmmmmm whou could have done those? Who could it have been? TEAPOT!
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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2008 08:45:46 AM »

those are FABULOUS! i love the martini glass!
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« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2008 11:37:37 AM »

those are FABULOUS! i love the martini glass!

The next batch of martini glasses are going to have a tiny red swavarsky (?) crystal for the pimento. Just a hint of sparkle dontchya know.  Wink
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« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2008 11:42:39 AM »

That sounds so awesome!!
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« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2008 09:52:05 AM »

those are FABULOUS! i love the martini glass!

The next batch of martini glasses are going to have a tiny red swavarsky (?) crystal for the pimento. Just a hint of sparkle dontchya know.  Wink

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Yeah, she put one on there and both of us just about diedCheesy
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« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2009 08:45:22 AM »

Yay!!! Congratulations Kappy & Pinky!!!

And martini with a crystal pimiento sounds divine!!
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« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2009 09:00:46 AM »

Thanks Everyone!

Wait until you see the 2009 Collection.  Wink

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« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2009 09:09:16 AM »

Thanks Everyone!

Wait until you see the 2009 Collection.  Wink

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