Friday, June 21, 2013

Fused Glass Color Reaction Stacked Square Plates

Rows of irregularly stacked squares and rectangles of different heights fill a Bullseye glass opalescent Cobalt Blue base.  I love to make these little stacks, just looking at the photo of random organization makes me happy.

Bullseye Fused Glass Stacked Squares Color Reaction Blue Turquoise French Vanilla
Stacked Squares of Bulleye Glass

A mixture of blues in an opaque and transparent palette react with the french vanilla in the design.  I tried to place the french vanilla to get the widest assortment of reactions between the copper in the blues and the sulfur in the vanilla.  Not all the blues react, the Bullseye reactive potential chart is available at their education website. 

Bullseye Glass Color Reaction Blue Turquoise French Vanilla
Bullseye Glass That Should Have a Color Reaction

Here is the before and after of my stacks.  This plate was heated to a full fuse in my Jen Ken kiln to 1475 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Each glass rectangle seems to ooze and spread but only to a certain point and the color reactions are so varied.  When heated, the french vanilla stacked on top of transparent turquoise creates a strong outline and a deep shadow while transparent turquoise stacked on french vanilla creates an almost midnight blue with brown hues.

Stacked Square Plate Color Reaction Blue Turquoise French Vanilla Before
Stacked Square Plate Color Reaction Before Firing

Stacked Square Plate Color Reaction Blue Turquoise French Vanilla After
Stacked Square Plate Color Reaction After Firing

These plates will make the perfect gift set coupled with a bread mix that was on sale at Hallmark.  Maybe I should create some stacked square plate sets to place for sale in My Etsy Store store!