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Mica Vessel Class – Student Projects

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metallic mica on textured recycled glass

Thank you to all of the students who attended the Recycled Glass Mica Vessel class at Kimball Art Center on March 22!  What a fun afternoon, and the student work is gorgeous! Read more

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Recycled Glass Pot Melt Tests

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Flash back Friday! Here’s a post from the archives that is still pretty entertaining! (Post was first published on 2/8/2010)

One of the things about recycled glass that everyone who uses it knows is, you have to test everything.   Twice.  And then do it all over again, since your results could have been a fluke and the worst time to realize that is after you’ve spent a very long time on something.

So.  In preparation for some cast sculptural work that’s coming up, I decided to do some potmelt (crucible) casting tests.  The factors I need to isolate are:  glass particle size, aperature size and temperature.

The most obvious way seemed to test three aperature sizes and three glass sizes at the same temperature.  This would allow me to isolate one factor at a time. Read more

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Fusing with Leaves and Color

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Fused leaf with glassline paint

Happily, I got a set of Glassline Paints for Christmas this year and have been doing some playing and experimenting.  One possible use that I am very curious about is using paints instead of powder for fossil projects.  So, I decided to do some trial firings. Read more

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Fractured Plate Tutorial

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Finished Fracture Plate

Today’s tutorial satisfies almost all of my bullet points, glass, hammers, and hairspray.  Just kidding, I have higher standards than that, although this project does have all of those elements.  The great thing about this particular project is every single one is different, you could fill a whole market booth with variations of this project and it would look great! Read more

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September 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Jack O'lantern kiln carving pattern

As I know you have all been waiting so terribly patiently, here is the kiln carving pattern for September 2013.  This is a versatile pattern with four different pumpkin/Jack O’lantern designs.  You could use them in a square like I did, or put one each under four different projects.  Bottle bottoms are the perfect size and you could make four different suncatcher’s with the same pattern. Read more

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August 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Winged Heart Kiln CarvingHere it is at long last, the reader selected kiln carving pattern!  And just see if I ever let you guys pick the pattern again, this one was HARD!  It is a bas-relief pattern, meaning that the pattern is raised into the glass and you look at it from the flat side (similar to the sea turtle in June).  Read more

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July 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern

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Snail Kiln Carving Pattern

Believe it or not, we have big old garden snails in Utah.  Despite being all hot and dry.  I’ve heard that they are the kind of snails that are used for escargot.  There are certainly enough around, but I’ve never worked myself up to try eating them!  This kiln carving pattern is fairly straight forward, but does require some care due to all of the thin pieces of fiber paper that have to remain. Read more

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Carved Recycled Glass Sculpture

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Recycled Glass Sculpture

Recently I was honored to accept a commission from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.  They requested a sculpture that would be presented to a major donor of funds for LEED certification in the new College of Law Building. Read more

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Using Glass Powders with Texture Tiles

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fired powder with recycled glass Once you’ve mastered the art of making your own texture tiles, you can bump things up by adding frits and powders to your design.  Armstrong Glass makes a line of float glass compatible frits and powders called Float Fire that work very well with recycled glass. Read more

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Alternative Floral Former

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Slumped Glass Floral FormerSlumped glass vases are fun to make and really quite lovely.  It’s fun to see the random draping of the glass.  But, what if you need a more clearly defined drape, or you’d like a more wide open shape?  It is really quite easy to make your own custom floral former using a terra cotta pot, fiber paper and a stapler. Read more

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