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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Modified Ohio Star Platter on: October 10, 2013 11:57:47 AM
Here is a simple full fuse piece that I put together as a thank you gift for the dear, sweet, patient instructor who suffered through my learning curve on points!  It's a modified Ohio Star quilt pattern and is similar in color to the quilt that I made in her class.  The quilt is rather bright, but was intended to be so, as it is being gifted to a dear friend who has just started chemo.  The platter is 12 x 12.

2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Faux Woven Platters on: August 17, 2013 10:02:31 AM
I've been playing some more with the 'woven' glass pieces.  I've decided that I much prefer them in the 12" size over the 10" size.  I think that is because I'm slumping both sizes in the BE 12" square mold and  I get more movement with the 12" blank.  Maybe it's time to invest in another mold and see if I like the 10" any better in a proper sized mold - it might give them a bit more lift at the corners.  Here are the latest.

3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Anniversary Challenge Entry on: August 13, 2013 11:44:37 AM
Craftster has been AMAZING for me.   I actually stumbled across Craftster while looking for some info on quilt binding or the like.  I was stunned that I'd never heard of Craftster and even more surprised to see that Craftster had a GLASS CRAFTS board!  That was pretty cool, but then I learned about swaps - woah!  That's where it really became addicting.  This such an incredibly supportive and nurturing community - it's actually a very unique place on the net, might even make a great study for someone's thesis project somewhere.

To me, Craftster is encouragement and confidence.  Like many folks, I can be my own worst critic - honestly, I'm worse than New York theater critic at an absolutely horrendous production.  I know this, but can't always shush that voice inside.  The community here is incredibly positive and encouraging.  Plus, I have had the honor of some truly wonderful swap partners who have helped to encourage me to try new things and expand my techniques. 

This piece is a 're-do' of one I made just about a year ago when my baby brother was getting married.  They decided to get married at Lake Powell in Arizona, as they went boating/camping there every summer.  I'm ashamed to admit that most of us were admittedly a bit annoyed about the travel time and interruptions to our life, but once we arrived, the beauty of the place was overwhelming - and I quickly realized that it was important to my brother and his new wife that they share this place with friends and family.  The wedding invitation had a faded photo of a section of Lake Powell for the background, and I wanted to capture that in glass.  I did not like the final piece and it wound up in the scrap heap that eventually became part of a pot melt and I wound up giving them a purchased gift and cash.  Sad.

Fast forward a year later and it is their first anniversary and Craftster's 10th!  I decided to try and redo the piece for this challenge.  The final piece is approximately 10" x 16" - slightly too large for my baby photo box.  I used fiber paper to create texture during the fuse and the blank was slumped over an S-curve shaped mold.  There are things I will change on this design as my skill set continues to improve.  That is the beauty of Craftster for me - I have learned to recognize that my skills will improve with experience and to enjoy the process of learning technique and to appreciate and learn from the results produced along the way.  I've also learned to understand that others may find some aesthetic value in my work, despite the constant grating nagging from my inner critic.  Thanks to the kind folks of generous spirit that make up this beautiful community, this piece will be packaged up and shipped off to their new home in Florida this afternoon.  Hopefully it will be a cherished reminder of a beautiful day shared with friends and family.

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Free Standing Fused Aspen Panel on: July 10, 2013 08:22:22 PM
Once again, not much time for new works....though a billion ideas are rattling around my brain! This piece was a test sample for a larger, more detailed piece I have planned.  I thought it a bit clunky, but my sister-in-law was visiting and quite liked it, so it will be going to live with her! This piece is roughly 8 x 10. I learned a lot about how I want to go about the larger piece and am eager to get working on it.

5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / On Edge Strip Construction Platter on: June 04, 2013 07:14:00 PM
I've been doing a bit of strip construction lately - cutting strips, placing them on edge and then fusing.  I especially enjoy the look that results from using this technique with streaky glasses. I find this platter mimics a bamboo look.

6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fused Wine Bottle Rack on: May 27, 2013 08:42:42 PM
This is a piece I made for my father-in-law's 75th birthday.  My husband and his sisters presented him with a 75 year old bottle of wine and this piece.  The glass is one of my new faves - it is a Bullseye French Vanilla with Light Turquoise swirled throughout.  The two glasses react to produce the browns and grays.  It was one of their special production glasses, but they have just added it to their standard line!   Cheesy  The rack is supposed to hold nine bottles of wine on their side, I find it to be most stable with no more than seven bottles.

7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Drape Work on: May 14, 2013 10:01:13 AM
I have been quite busy playing around since I got my new (bigger) kiln and have been especially enjoying experimenting with draped pieces.  This is a pic of one of my favorites so far.  It was an 18 inch round.
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / School Auction Glass Flower Landscape on: April 09, 2013 09:30:27 PM
I've been a bit busy with not much time for new work or posts lately, but I wanted to share this piece.  This piece was put together for a school auction.  There were 14 students in this 1st/2nd grade class.  I gave each one a 3" x 15" piece of pre-cut piece of clear glass and some pre-fused leaves and each designed a flower panel of their own with frit and stringer in a palette of reds, yellows, and oranges. The pieces were then arranged on tinted blue and green glass for the background.  The finished piece is 15" x 42" - much too big for my kiln, so I had to piece and fire it at my local teaching studio.  Good thing, because I needed quite a bit of assistance on piecing the back together.  We used hardware from Hang Your Glass and the lucky winner should be able to hang it on their wall after the auction next week.  Not the greatest photo - it's a bit too wide for my camera to get a great shot.

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Amber Weave on: March 03, 2013 09:25:42 AM
I made this piece for a swap and it has arrived at its new home so I can post a pic up here.  The recipient had pinned a piece by CrazyEyeGlass as one of her wishes - the clear woven dish that is a February featured project!  I made this one in Bullseye Med Tint Amber, because the recipient has an amber glass collection.  The piece is 10 inches square and very slightly slumped.

10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Broken Bottle Bowl on: February 08, 2013 10:48:32 AM
I have sooooo many 'want to do' and 'what if I' projects floating around in my head that they are driving me a bit batty!  I can't seem to focus long enough to bring one to the kiln.....it's rather frustrating.  I decided that the best thing to do would be to get ANYTHING into and out of the kiln to try and refocus my energies.  I chose to throw together one of those broken bottle bowls that I've seen from time to time.....figured it would be quick and maybe I'd learn a thing or two.

I'd definitely increase the process temperature if I do this again.  I was going for a smooth contoured look that kept some texture.  At 1450 in my kiln, the glass is still a bit more hard edged than I would like.  I had been hoping to produce a 12 inch bowl shape, but one 750ml Bordeaux bottle only produced a 9" blank.  I didn't want to mix bottles and risk compatibility issues, so I went with the smaller version. 

Interestingly, with this piece I didn't get any of the devit that almost always shows up when I slump bottles into spoon rests or flats.  Anyone here do much work with bottle glass?  I'd love to know how you avoid devitrification - I've just about resorted to sandblasting bottles before they go in..........since I'm almost always sandblasting them after slumping anyways.... Undecided

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