So much of what I do is experimental, I get some hare-brained idea and off I go to the store to find some complicated ingredients. In the immortal words of Dr. Frankenstein “IT COULD WORK!”
So, of course, I wondered if the black and white aquarium sand would work for fusing. Because if it did, well how cool would that be? I’d have two additional colors of ‘dirt’ to work with. I did some research and found that most of the colored aquarium sands are coated with acrylic, which is a no-no in the kiln. I made absolutely certain that the sand I bought wasn’t coated. Read more
Here 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
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
Here we are again with Q & A Monday! These are all reader questions submitted via e-mail. Personal details have been omitted for privacy. If one of these questions is your and you’d like attribution and a back link, let me know. If you have a question of your own, send it on over via the contact form.
- Q: I would like to make dinner plates and salad bowl out of green wine bottles. Most of the projects I see on your blog are only using one bottle in them. Can I use multiple bottles to make a bigger plate 10″-13″? Read more
Reader questions are a funny thing, they seem to go in trends. All of a sudden I’ll get 12 readers from all over the world asking the same thing. Making drinking glasses from wine bottles and achieving a fire polished rim has been showing up more and more often in my inbox. So, today, I give you a tutorial on making drinking glasses from wine bottles and fire polishing the rim.
Some basic things to remember going in: Read more
June’s kiln carving pattern is one of my favorites. When we were SCUBA diving in Roatan, there were sea turtles and they are fascinating! I could have watched them all day. This is also the most complex kiln carving pattern that I’ve made for download with 13 individual pieces. Not to worry, you can do it! Read more
Recently, my friend Darby (aka A Bourbon Gal) contacted me with a request for artwork for her local elementary school. The problem? Super tight deadline and super small budget. After tossing a few ideas back and forth, we came up with a really great solution. I had a bunch of left over prepared art glass supplies from the Glass Mosaic project earlier in the year. Read more
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
Here’s a quirky follow up to our April Showers Kiln carving pattern. Because what naturally follows April Showers?? May Flowers of course!
This pattern is no longer available. Not to worry though, it will reappear in the 2013 Free Kiln Carving Patterns compilation book at the end of the year. To make sure you get your copy, join the mailing list. There are other free patterns still available, maybe you’d like one of those?
And we’re back with more questions from readers for Q & A Monday. Today’s questions are all about working with crushed recycled glass, or frit. I’ve left out the personal details for privacy, so if one of these questions is yours and you’d like attribution and a back link, please let me know. If you have a burning (melting?) glass question, send it on over. I may even have an answer for you.
- Q: I have a kiln that I have been playing and experimenting with for months now. I adore wine bottle glass, and have had complications casting melted wine bottle frit that I make. From research I have done, and some of my experimenting, I have found that wine bottle glass is difficult to cast unless fired at very high temps. Even then, I have had to do a lot of cold working with the pieces I have tried to make after firing. I love to try and make little jewelry pieces out of the frit. Do you have any suggestions for working with wine bottle frit, including firing schedules at all? Thank you so much! Read more