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« on: October 25, 2010 02:03:30 PM »

I made this plate on Saturday to represent the beauty of the maple tree on my front lawn, and already, just two days later, my husband tells me that I need to make another plate because the colors have changed so much!

This plate was fun to make. I used from coarse frit to powder frit and some mosaic cut brown glass for the trunk.

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I think I'll keep this one!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010 03:25:54 PM »

ooo nice work! i love the way the orangey-red and yellow pop against the green! at the rate fall/winter is coming here, you'll have to make a new one once a week until the leaves are green again!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010 06:43:27 PM »

fantastically beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010 01:38:18 PM »

Just for comparison, I want to post a picture of my actual maple tree I took today so that you can see not only how pretty it is but how much it has changed in 4 days! Last Saturday the tree was mostly green with just a brilliant orange/yellow/red edge where the sun touches the southern exposure of the tree. Today it's almost all oranges and yellows!

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010 07:54:27 PM »

The colors of this are so fun!

You could totally make a full series of pieces just from your one tree throughout the year.  That would be a beautiful set.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2010 03:19:48 PM »

Very nice and good use of the frit. 

Mike
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2010 05:33:13 PM »

Very fun little plate!
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2010 03:17:44 PM »

This is very cool! how are these made?
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2010 05:52:37 PM »

@undersea-sun: I started with a plain, clear base plate of 6mm glass, then applied different sizes and colors of frit (crushed glass) to make the top of the tree. For the trunk of the tree, I used glass that I cut using mosaic cutters. The blue swirlies and the green grass at the bottom are powder frit suspended in something called liquid stringer medium (LSM)--once the frit is mixed into the LSM, you can paint with it! This plate was fired twice: first to a dimensional fuse of 1340 degrees, then, once cooled, I placed it on a slump mold and cooked it to 1280 degrees. 

Glad you like it! Enjoy!
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