Stacked Squares Glass Plate

I haven’t done a lot with the glass this year. I’ve spent a lot of 2016 ill: twisted appendage on my intestine, gall bladder and appendix quitting the ship, and in July, a sinus infection that wouldn’t die. So, glass has taken a back seat.

I decided back in April or so that I’d get a project in the kiln. I wanted to use some scrap glass, so I settled on my turquiose and white scraps, on a black background. It took some measuirng, because I knew I wanted a 10″ plate, but I wasn’t sure how much space I needed between the squares. With a little trial and error I settled on what’s in the photo below. 33 pieces later (counting the base), it went in for a full fuse.

Stacked Squares Glass plate

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Glass Mess

This should have a subtitle: Or, why I am not a neat person.

I have never been a neat person. Even in my 30s, my bedroom is about as clean as a teenagers, and my living room alternates between “looks pretty decent” and “bomb has gone off.”

The same mess surrounds my glass workshop. I could make a pretentious comment about how artists need mess to create, but that’s most likely bullshit, so I won’t.

I’m just a messy person. That’s all.

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Glass Pokeball (Flat piece)

A year ago, for Christmas 2012, Pet gave me a circle cutter. It’s what I really, really wanted, because cutting circles is really difficult without a circle cutter. I immediately went circle mad, and cut a bunch of circles. Big, little, I even made a few bowls out of them.

I don’t really remember what prompted me to want to make a Pokemon pokeball, but I had the colours out. So I cut one out. I didn’t do a great job, white is damn hard to cut out. So it broke a bit, but I was going to use it. You’ll see where it broke in the photo.

And it sat there. For a year. I finally got the energy to cast the white ring in the center earlier this week, because I’ve been fusing and slumping and casting like a woman possessed. So I tack fused the whole piece, and here it is.

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Fused Glass Chessboard

So, I made a glass chessboard. I’d been wanting to make a gameboard for a while. My mother made me a lovely tic tac toe game for my birthday, and I’d been considering making one for a while.

The idea of a chessboard stuck in my mind earlier this week, and so I started cutting tiny squares for it. MY kiln is only 14 inches, which means my kiln shelf is 12 inches, so the largest I can go with anything is about 11.5 inches. This chessboard measures just over 8 inches. I haven’t completely cleaned it, and I haven’t coldworked the edges, so it’s just rough and out of the kiln.

black and white fused glass chessboard laying on a plum purple blanket.

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From Glass to Bowl

Pet bought me a circle cutter for Christmas. It’s pretty much a thin metal ruler, suction cup, cutting head, and a ball to hold onto, but it’s really neat. In fact, here’s a picture of mine.

Bohle Silberschnitt Studio Circle Cutter

I’ve wanted a circle cutter for a while. Glass likes to break in a straight line, and free form cutting a circle is tough. They get lumpy and lopsided. So I wanted a circle cutter. Pet provided me one.

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One last post for the year: between my Intro to Fusing and my Squares and Rectangles I took another class at Aquila Glass School: Intro to Beadmaking. It’s a 2 hour class using Bullseye glass in rods to create beads. I had a lot of fun doing it, and it sparked an interest in torchworking beads.

Regretfully, I only have one photograph of the beads I made that’s clear, and since it’s late, I’m not going to try and get another one.  So here it is:

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Well, Crap

I’ve been trying to catch up on older things I’ve done, like my first fused glass class, and my second, but I’m taking a break from that for just a minute. I still have a glass beads post, and other things, but I wanted to show my “Oh, crap” moment from this morning.three square fusing projects fused together

I overloaded my kiln, and some pieces moved more than others. So, when I opened it this morning, I found this. The other things, which were 4 of the smaller squares, and one more fractured square, were all all happy and fused, but not to each other.

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Fused Glass 2: Squares and Rectangles

If you know me on Facebook, then you know I’ve recently acquired a kiln, and set up shop, creating fused glass at home. It’s a Paragon benchtop kiln. I don’t have a picture of it yet, but that link will take you to a similar kiln, although mine doesn’t have elements in the top.

I hate to disappoint, but this isn’t about my first fusing in my new kiln. That will come later.

This is about a class I took in March at Aquila Glass School. It’s called Fused Glass 2: Squares and Rectangles, and follows the Intro To Fusing class I took in January.  I had to wait over a month because I needed a class that was scheduled on a Saturday,  since it’s my only guaranteed day off. I was pretty excited when I went.

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Intro To Fused Glass

Now that I’m off the road, I’ve been itching to try out some new arts and crafts. And it just so happened that I’d purchased a Groupon for an Intro to Fusing class from Aquila Glass School last year, for learning to make fused glass.

The problem I had was by the time I realized my Groupon was expiring, all the classes were full. I was bummed. So I chalked it up to yet another expired Groupon, and let it go.

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