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« on: March 15, 2004 06:08:32 AM »

these are some of the things i've made and kept over the last several years.  they're basically pieces of cut glass layered together and fused in a glass kiln at 1500 degrees.
rainbowtrout (12")

indiabird (14" long)


and the tail, close-up:


gardenfish (10 ")

butterfly (6" high)

and this one is made with a mold- i pressed this found metal elephant into clay halfway, fired the mold, then filled it with glass pieces. it's less than 3", trunk-to-tail.

these can easily be made in a pottery kiln as well.  and after seeing everyones' shrink plastic art, i'm wondering if something similar can be done with that, in an oven?  if i didn't already have 86 projects going, i might try it myself.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2004 12:47:20 PM »

after seeing everyones' shrink plastic art, i'm wondering if something similar can be done with that, in an oven?

Do you mean fusing pieces of shrink plastic?  That's an interesting idea.  Since it doesn't liquify but rather curls up and then lays itself flat again I don't think you could do the molding thing with it, nor would the pieces melt into each other, but they might fuse 3-D-ishly.  Will try to remember to give it a try and report back my findings.

But more importantly: nice work!  How did you do the peacock (indiabird)?  And the elephant is terrific---great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2004 06:43:11 PM »

Thanks, waterbaby. Smiley
the peacock used many pieces of glass, mostly scraps, layered 4-5 pieces thick in places.  the body/head were drawn first and then cut with a glass cutter.  once it's all layered (sometimes i uses a bit of elmer's glue to hold stuff in place while transporting to the kiln), i heat it to 1500, peek in to see if it's what i want, then sloooowwwwly cool it, with the lid closed, so it doesn't crack.  and there's a little loop of wire embedded with which to hang it.
i'd love to hear how the shrink plastic works!
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2004 08:04:34 PM »

gorgeous. that butterfly rocks.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2004 06:55:48 PM »

wow, those are amazing! I love them! Especially the peacock!
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2004 02:16:09 PM »

Wow...pretty! I especially love the butterfly, and the fishie! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2004 08:02:05 PM »

after seeing everyones' shrink plastic art, i'm wondering if something similar can be done with that, in an oven?

Do you mean fusing pieces of shrink plastic?  That's an interesting idea.  Since it doesn't liquify but rather curls up and then lays itself flat again I don't think you could do the molding thing with it, nor would the pieces melt into each other, but they might fuse 3-D-ishly.  Will try to remember to give it a try and report back my findings.

But more importantly: nice work!  How did you do the peacock (indiabird)?  And the elephant is terrific---great idea!


I haven't tried this...but there are instructions on shrinkydinks.com to fuse shrink plastic.
http://www.shrinkydinks.com/pages/instructions/KB%20Assortment%20instructions.pdf#search='fusing%20shrinky%20dinks'
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2004 04:33:17 PM »

I haven't tried this...but there are instructions on shrinkydinks.com to fuse shrink plastic.
http://www.shrinkydinks.com/pages/instructions/KB%20Assortment%20instructions.pdf#search='fusing%20shrinky%20dinks'


Thanks, f1!
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