|A Fused Glass Jellyfish of Diluted Watercolors|
Fused glass jellyfish created from translucent shades of diluted color float on a sea of glass. These jellies float freely as their curling tentacles flow behind and candy cane twists of blue glass reach like arms from below.
|Fused Glass Jellyfish Floating on a Sea of Glass|
This art glass panel started as a photo taken at the Mystic Aquarium in 2003. This picture caught my eye as the computer monitor went to sleep and the photo slideshow screensaver came up. When a panel begins with a memory, the project seems to take on the feelings of that moment.
|Watching Jellyfish at the Mystic Aquarium|
Here is the original sketch created from the jellyfish photo. I tried to capture the arced pattern created as the jellies seemed to move gently around.
|Jellyfish Sketch for Fused Glass|
After reading the ebook Tricks with Transparency by Helios Kiln Glass Studio, I created these fused glass cabochons. I layered and stacked and layered again and then fired them to 1500 degrees F for 15 minutes - twice. That's a lot of time in the kiln, but I love the depth of color and gradation of shades.
|Fused Glass Cabochon - Layers of Transparent Glass|
Next, I wanted to create the glass stringer for the trailing tendrils of tentacles. Starting with pieces of transparent Bullseye scrap in coordinating colors, I heated and pulled these strips using my Mega Minor torch. Each stem was pulled individually. I then pulled and twisted the candy cane striped twists in shades of blue, white and clear.
|Hand Pulled Stringer From Bullseye Scrap Transparent Glass|
After shaping each cabochon into a jellyfish, I placed each tentacle so they seemed to flow in an almost circular motion around the glass. I added liquid glass in a powder blue to add another element and layer of depth. After firing it will be just a hint of added detail.
|Fused Glass Jellyfish with Stringer Before Firing|
The completed fused glass panel was taken to a contour fuse of 1425 degrees F to give the final piece texture. The clear base ripples as the smooth bodies of the jellyfish almost seem to move gently above.
|Fused Glass Jellyfish Taken to a Contour Fuse|