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« on: November 14, 2010 04:42:58 AM »

I had some really helpful comments on ways to improve my work last time i posted and whilst I'm waiting to see the work done using those techniques i have some things i did for fun to share Smiley

A lady in my glass has been making fused glass fish - sort of skeletal ones - this inspired me to make a snail - i love the little fella and think I'll be taking him to work to decorate my desk. The head is black glass and the spiral and antennae are metal wire.

I made this bowl to go with a couple of coasters I've done in the same style - i really like making these and it's a great way to use up scraps. i think it's gone a bit cloudy so could do with firing again with de-thingy stuff to clear it.

I tried my first drop mold - using a piece that i didn't like very much it ended up looking at lot like an ashtray but at least i know how it works now so i can make nicer things!

and finally I've been messing round trying to make beads for a friend for Christmas - these are all done using float glass but I've got some bullseye that's being fired this week which should be much prettier. Having said that i do love the wire coil pendant and I'm not sure i want to give it away...

comments and criticism always appreciated!

Mike Jordan
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010 08:40:45 AM »

Cute snail. Cheesy  That's good practice on the rest too and they came out pretty good too.  Your candle holder doesn't look like an ashtray and works well as the candle holder.  I can't do it very well, but I've seen people that can wrap wire really improve the looks of their glass piece. You did a pretty good job here.

« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010 11:14:43 AM »

You are a rock star!  I wish I could wire wrap.  I have tried a zillion times, give or take, and they always fall out of the wire wrap.  How did you learn how to do that???  I need help over here.

...So...This is what insanity must be like, I thought.....and I could kind of see the appeal.
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010 11:34:47 AM »

I sort of guessed - on the square ones I wrapped the corners diagonally opposite each other so it was a figure of eight effect. That makes it quite tight to the glass.

i'm not sure i've explained it very well but here is a diagram in case that's clearer.

hope that helps!

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