Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nightlights - fused owl for Lara

Another very late Xmas gift....

After the first firing, both nightlights were flat.  I kept the abstract one flat,
but wanted to try making the owl light curved.

Curved owl light in the dark.

Daytime view of the curved owl nightlight.

As always, more lessons learned:

  1. First attempt at curving the panel was on a metal dish of unknown origin.... stainless steel is OK, but this one was not guaranteed steel.... and i ended up freaking myself out thinking of all the awful chemicals i might be unleashing on my house and stopped that firing.  Next time, no messing around like that.
  2. If using a ceramic (unglazed) bowl.... ventilation is key.  (I broke that bowl in half -- but it worked anyway!!)
  3. This nightlight, so far, seems to be of a more decent weight for the glue I used.  I've not heard of this one falling apart just yet....

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nightlights - abstract fused glass for Linz

A very late Xmas project ....

Two nightlights fit on one shelf for firing.  The one in the back is the one pictured here.

Here's what it looks like (kind of) when it's turned on
And here's what it looks like in broad daylight.

Lessons learned?
  1. Three layers at this size (roughly 4" x 6")  is too heavy for the first kind of glue I used :/  Linz reports that it fell off of the nightlight bracket in less than a week :/
  2. It's harder to take accurate "in the dark" pictures than I imagined
  3. I still like fused glass with that extra layer of clear on the top (to make it look deep or submerged) a lot.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A coordinated art trade! And it happens every year. Neat-o!

I think I would like to go to this someday:

Trading my art for other folks' art can be way more fun than selling it :) and learning new techniques is always fun....AND both of these are a most excellent reason to visit a state I've never been to.

Pictures of recent projects are slowly migrating off of my camera and will be showing up here soonish.