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Topic: Here's something NEW! Fused Glass Drop Ring Vase  (Read 3863 times)
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« on: December 16, 2008 06:32:27 PM »

How cool is this?  This vase is made by actually heating a circular piece of fused glass over a mold, and allowing the center to drop out!  It can be done several ways, but I chose to allow the glass to hit the bottom of my kiln.  This vase can stand alone, or be suspended in a stand!  Cool, huh?

I took this to a gallery downtown, and it sold the same day!  WOOT!

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008 06:34:10 PM »

Oh my god. This is amazing!
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2008 06:34:33 PM »

Here's a pic, different angle so that you can make sense of the technique:

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2008 06:35:34 PM »

Hearts:  Thank you!  (( hug ))
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2008 06:50:30 PM »

Very cool!  How big is it?
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2008 07:09:34 PM »

Wow! I can see how it sold so fast. Unique and gorgeous!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2008 08:20:29 PM »

This is awesome!!!  This has got to be the coolest glass work i have ever seen. 



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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2008 08:48:40 PM »

oh my god! This is so amazing, I want one!
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2008 04:14:09 AM »

Tickle, that is a very nice piece. I have seen a couple drop vases and love the structure of them.

How difficult was it to make? And how closely did you have to watch it when it was cooking?

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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2008 09:19:42 AM »

Questions answered:

Photojen:  it was about 8 inches tall.  *sob*....I kind of wish I hadn't taken it to the gallery.

Kappy:  It's not a super difficult process, IF you do it correctly.  The stars must align properly for all of the different things to happen in order, and, because you are a fuser...you know what I mean!

I've made a couple dozen of these now, and I'll pass some tips on to you...

I always fuse 2 circles together, full fuse, with the design on top, so, basically, it's like 2.5 layers.  There's a big hullabaloo in the fusing community that you don't *have* to go with this step, but I prefer to, as I don't like having sharp edges to my work.  I like it fluid.

Then...( and this is key )...suspend in your kiln using a drop ring mold and stilts, always have your kiln shelf washed very well, or use thinfire, and GOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW.  slow slow slow.  Peek, don't GAWK, frequently.

Soon, you'll notice a little "dip" in the middle, and, (no kidding)..within a very short time, it'll drop.  Stop the fusing wherever you want it to stop, by flashing your kiln.  Go directly to anneal, and wait patiently.  (that's kinda hard )

Some like to have these suspended, I prefer to drop them to the bottom of my kiln, they are quite sturdy, and will stand freely without being very wobbly. 

They also look absolutely darling on their side!

Make one, Kappy!  I love your color choices...give it a try!

OH..yes, one thing.  Remember this: (this is key )...the longer the drop, the MORE GLASS you need to use.  Otherwise your drop will "rip"...the glass will be sooooooo thin that your piece will not be functional.

Let me know if you have more questions...hope I didn't bore you to death!

Karen
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