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.
I hadn’t expected the rippling of the edges, but I should have. Glass wants to be 6mm thick. Each piece of glass I use is 3mm thick, so every square is 9mm thick in the center. All the spare glass has to go somewhere, so it created that rippling edge. In this case, it came out really uniform, which is great. I didn’t put additional glass between the squares, so that’s why each square bows a bit, instead of being perfectly square.
I didn’t keep this piece. It’s not even my photograph, my mother took it. I forgot to photograph it before I gave it over my mother. I liked it, but was not in love with it, so there was no reason for me to keep it. Mom liked it, but has more than enough glass, so she promised to give it to someone who would appreciate it. That turned out to be one of her oldest and dearest friends. So, the plate has a good home now.