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 suncatchers with the same pattern. Continue reading September 2013 Kiln Carving Pattern
Welcome to Q & A Monday, which is all about answering reader questions. I’m presenting a demonstration about making your own texture tiles this coming weekend for the Glass Art Guild of Utah, so all our questions today are about molds. If you have a question, send it on over, I just may have an answer! (I’ve removed personal details and names for privacy. If you asked a question and would like your name listed with a back link, just let me know.)
- Q: I am SO glad I found you online and am now a subscriber to your newsletters, only thing is I’m bummed you are located in Utah! I am in Oregon and would LOVE to learn how to make my own molds like the ones you show in this link: http://glasswithapast.com/bottle-glass-and-kiln-carving/ – do you have any kind of online class I could “attend” or something like that? I own a Trio glass kiln, and could probably “rent” some time at my local art college to fire a ceramic mold to bisque level – My experience is very limited (no clay work ever), I basically got interested in glass art and bought a Trio (bottle slumping kiln) before I had ever even worked with glass and kind of just figured out a “recipe” how to make wine bottles into serving trays, etc. and now I’m hooked (as I thought I would be!). Any thoughts/advice for building my own (wine bottle slumping) molds/tiles (like the ever so popular “Bon Apetit” mold see below – I own this one and use it and love it but I’d love to make personalized molds with my own artwork) and also tile making molds like you feature on your site? Continue reading Q & A Monday – March 11, 2013
Kiln carving is another really versatile way to add texture and design to recycled glass artwork. Kiln carving refers to “carving” in the glass that takes place in the kiln during a firing cycle. Kiln carving utilizes fiber paper to make the actual design.
Fiber paper is a refractory material, looks much like paper toweling of felt, and is made from ceramic fiber with an organic sugar binder. This means it will smell funny when the binder burns off, I suggest venting the kiln to the outside if possible.
Fiber paper can be cut into shapes with scissors or with an X-acto knife, then placed under the glass and fused. I like to put the fiber paper in the mold, fire the glass using a full fuse schedule, but with a top temperature of 1485 (top fire) or 1500 (side fire). This gives you enough heat to full fuse, without slumping too far, and gives a nice finish on the edge.
Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to make the awards for the top three companies for the Clear the Air Challenge.
Step 1, Proposal:
The proposed award would be made with 3/8″ thick recycled glass bent into a gentle curve about 12″ wide by about 6″ high. We would use the logo of the program and do a pseudo-screen print on the glass. The winners names would be engraved on the front after the ceremony. Continue reading Clear the Air Challenge Awards
Recycled glass art isn’t just for small projects. Large projects are particularly nice. These pieces have trees sculpted in the reverse side. Each rectangle panel is about 30″ x 20″ and 1/4″ thick. The frames are refinished old wood window frames. Projects this size are great for permanent installation.
Follow along as we walk through all of the steps of creating 100 paperweights.
Step 1: Client meeting. Wendy found my website and asked if I would be interested in making a big ‘ole batch of paperweights for her.
After talking over the main feel, we made a few different styles for Wendy to consider.
Here is another photo of the recycled glass wave. This project is the brain child of Chris St. Jeor, if you’d like to see the surfer that will go with this wave, look here:
Last January I had the pleasure of talking with Howard Skinner, the art teacher at North Rose Wolcott High School about the possibility of his students working with recycled glass. What a fabulous surprise to get photo’s of the projects. These students are doing some seriously cool glasswork.
From an artist’s point of view, this is really about the best thing that can happen. If my work and knowledge can inspire kids to branch out and explore, then I’m doing my job right! (of course, having an expert like Howard as your teacher helps too…)
Windbreak started coming to Farmer’s Market with me during the summer of 2007. One of my favorite people (we’ll call him Don) came to visit it every week for quite a few weeks straight.
Towards the middle of the summer, Don’s wife (let’s call her Annette)decided to give Windbreak to Don for Christmas. At that point Windbreak didn’t have a base, so casually, during one of the weekly visits, I asked Don for advice on building the perfect base.
Turns out Don had definite opinions about that. Which I followed.
Well, this went on for the rest of the summer. Annette and I managed to keep a straight face until the very end.
The best/worst part was having to tell Don that Windbreak had been sold. Ouch!
Needless to say, Don was surprised on Christmas, and Annette and I should have gotten some kind of award for acting!
Windbreak measures 15″ wide and approximately 10″ tall. Hand-carved and slumped recycled glass 3/8″ thick. Mounted in a solid walnut base with LED lights.
Mali C. bring this question:
I took a visit to your site after viewing you on HGTV That’s Clever. Which by the way you did a nice job and I hope you were eventually able to view it if you haven’t already.
I work with elementary school children doing art classes as a guest artist. Most of the material I use is recycled, or things I donate. I have done quite a few fused glass projects, but donating these supplies (purchased 90 COE fusing glass) is becoming quite costly for me. I am looking into using recycled found glass to use with my elementary kids. I was given a case of wine bottles from a winery, all different colors. I was hoping to use the different colored glass (combined) on one piece. Kinda like how you crushed the red glass onto the one example you showed on your site. My question #1 is: are all bottles the same COE, (like wine bottles)? Question #2: Is all regular, float window glass the same COE, or do you just use all the glass from one window in each piece and not mix from other windows? Question #3: Do you experience a lot of devit on your recycled glass pieces? I actually like the look of devit at times and have seen some nice jewelry made from recycled milk bottles that had devit and they were wonderful. Continue reading Technical Question, Compatibility & School Projects