Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fused Glass Constellations

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Constellations of Fused Glass Starry Nighttime Sky

Stars of white fill a disk of swirling blue glass to form the constellations in the night sky.  This fused glass project started with a pot melt of assorted Bullseye blue glass in both opaque and transparent.  I added opaque white glass balls to form both the Big and Little Dipper, as well as Draco and Cassiopeia.  I used a faceted quartz stone for Polaris.

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Faceted Quartz Stones for Fused Glass Projects

My father-in-law hand cut and polished these pieces of quartz, my picture just doesn't do these crystals justice.

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Faceted Quartz Polaris in a Fused Glass Little Dipper Constellation

Here's a close-up of the little dipper with the north star placed at the end of the handle.  The stone was fixed to the glass after all firing was completed.

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Fused Glass Orion Constellation with its Brightest Stars

I loved my starry nighttime sky so much I made a second hanging of star clusters to form the constellations Orion, Taurus and Gemini with a faceted quartz stone for Sirius, the dog star.

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Fused Glass Stargazing