Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sometimes the more we strive to get something perfect, the less perfect it turns out. There comes a time when your best efforts are just not sufficient and you have to stop. This dish is a perfect example of that. In a futile effort to get it to slump evenly on all four sides, I have fused & slumped it, flattened it and reslumped it, ground the edges and refused and reslumped it and nothing worked. It continued to be not only uneven but also the glass was losing some of its dimensional look. It has been a very frustrating project and I am now willing to put it aside and go on to something else. Admittedly, there were a few moments when I considered throwing it across the studio but then I would have had to clean it up. I am thinking that part of the problem was the white strip of glass I added to the design thus creating a thickness on the edge that was different from the other two sides,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Repairing Fused Glass Wall Mirror

I recently had an accident at home where a large fused glass mirror fell off the wall and broke. One of the hangers had come loose. This mirror was one of two large mirrors that I made several years when I was first starting out. I had to make it in sections due to the size and then use adhesives to put it all together. I made one for my daughter and one for myself and then decided to focus on smaller mirrors and items that would fit my 15" kiln shelf.
I salvaged some of the sections of the mirror and fortunately one side and the mirror itself were in good condition. I then had to add some new pieces, refire others when I could and a few rough edges just had to remain. Naturally I no longer had some of the matching glass so new colors had to be added. This is one of those projects that doesn't look to bad from a distance but on closer examination you can see the many flaws. I just didn't want to have to do without it.
When you view the photographs, keep in mind that I am not adept at photographing a mirror so the reflections you see are part of other walls or rooms in my home. You can get the general idea of how the project turned out though.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pot Melt Pendant

I can't help myself - I love making these "pot melts". I like the way the dichroic came out in a very dimensional way at the bottom of this pendant. After I shaped the pendant I added the colored opaque dots which I had previously fused and refired the piece.