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« on: September 16, 2011 12:56:01 AM »

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My very favorite thing to make.  These are buggers to make, I usually end up scrapping over half of the batch for one reason or another...usually huge huge bubbles.   But when they DO turn out, the results are wonderful!

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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011 03:51:19 AM »

OMG!  Absolutely exquisite!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011 04:00:55 AM »

OMG. I. WANT. NOW.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011 05:09:44 AM »

Thank you, ladies!

TOTALLY Off Topic...Miss Barbara...is that a Border Collie doggie in your avatar?

I have a Border Collie named Chaser and he's my  beeeebeeee.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011 07:12:34 AM »

so pretty Smiley
I will be pinning these tongiht when I get home...
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2011 03:16:28 PM »

Those are AMAZING! So, so pretty!
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2011 06:04:36 PM »

Thank you! <3
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011 06:16:30 PM »

Your work is so so beautiful! I swear every time I see it I am reminded of how talented you are!  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2011 06:15:30 AM »

aww, thanks, kelli!

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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2011 07:11:35 AM »

Do you use wire for the twisted trunk? I thought I was told that copper wire is the only wire that won't melt. Is that true? These pieces are very cool indeed!
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2011 02:08:59 PM »

They're beautiful!

Copper wire has a nasty tendency to cause bubbles, when the gas from the hot metal escapes.

I haven't tried it personally, but I've been advised to place small chips of clear frit at the edges, between the clear top layer and the layers beneath. This way, when the layers fuse, the centre will fall first and the resulting gasses will be forced to the edges, thereby escaping the piece altogether  - hopefully - and getting rid of the bubbles.

I do a lot of pieces with frit and scrap glass, so I get bubbles all the time! As long as they're a) not too near the surface and b) non-gargantuan, I tend to think of them as 'design features'... ;-)

And if they really bug you - drilling through the bubble with a Dremel/diamond drill bit and then refusing normally results in much smaller bubbles or a complete absence of them. It would certainly be more cost effective - not to say less heartbreaking too - than throwing away the ones you think are too 'bubbly'.
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2011 07:51:43 PM »

Very springy!
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2011 10:04:55 PM »

Beautiful!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2011 11:54:44 PM »

Those are beautiful... awesome job !
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2011 12:29:02 AM »

i am so going to pin this on my pinterest boards! Cheesy
They are beautiful! ♥ x
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These are amazingly beautiful!
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2011 06:09:30 PM »

Thank you so much! <3
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OOOOooooooo!  I love this!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2012 06:34:47 AM »

Thank you!

I just made a big batch of these for the ladies at my yoga studio...they loved them!~

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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2012 01:46:26 AM »

These are very lovely! Nice work!
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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2013 01:29:18 PM »

Thank you, Mandykaye!  <3
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« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2013 12:19:16 PM »

These are so beautiful.  They make me think of spring!
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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2013 04:21:17 PM »

I love these; I actually have them pinned on Pinterest already! Wink I think someone already asked, but what are you using for wire?
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« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2013 12:20:18 PM »

These are gorgeous.
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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2013 04:31:45 PM »

OMG these are freaking stunning!
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« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2013 11:06:17 PM »

It turned out amazing! Very beautiful indeed Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2013 09:59:34 AM »

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