Thursday, January 30, 2014

Great Blue Heron Egret Fused Glass Antique Window with Waterbird

Fused Glass Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Antique Stained Window Tidal Swamp
A Fused Glass Great Blue Heron Framed in an Antique Window

A great blue heron stands calm and motionless, just witnessing the day as his image fills the frame of this recycled antique window.

Fused Glass Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Antique Stained Window Tidal Swamp Recycled Upcycled Frame
The Fused Glass Heron Photographed in Afternoon Light

Here is another photo of the same fused glass window in different lighting.  The heron seems almost balanced, just standing and patiently waiting.

Fused Glass Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Antique Stained Window Tidal Swamp Recycled Upcycled Frame
We Saw This Waterbird While Paddling the Eastern Shore.

This great blue heron was spotted while kayaking Virginia's Eastern Shore.  That day we paddled past bald eagles sitting in trees and watched as turtles motored by.  I'm always amazed at how different the world looks from the water.  

Fused Glass Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Antique Stained Window Tidal Swamp Recycled Upcycled Frame Sketch Original
An Original Heron Sketch for Fused Gass

This art glass started as a sketch on large graph paper.  I tried to capture the curve of the the feathers from the crested head and repeat them in the undulations of the water and the shapes of the grasses.  At this point the sky is kind of unplanned.


The heron and background were cut and pieced so that the art glass could be taken to a full fuse.  This will make the final panel seamless and smooth.  It is 2 layers thick and heavier than other pieces I've created.

Fused Glass Bullseye Powder Painting Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Tidal Swamp Recycled Upcycled Frame
Bullseye Fused Glass Powders and CMC for Detail Painting

To add detail to the heron, I mixed Bullseye Glass Powders and CMC in dixie cups and applied with a toothpick, very technical.  Glass added in varying shades of blue and then layered over opaque white help to give the body a feathered look.  I used aventurine blue sparingly because it has such a high saturation.

Fused Glass Bullseye Powder Frit Painting Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Tidal Swamp Recycled Upcycled Frame
Bullseye Glass Powder and Frit Background Before Firing

After firing to a full fuse, I flipped the now solid glass piece over and built up the sky and clouds.  Soft blue and turquoise powders were sifted on the back with clear frit added to create an almost lacey pattern.  The clouds were mixed with a little liquid to make them thicker and then more powder was added to give them an even thicker feel.

Fused Glass Bullseye Powder Painting Great Blue Heron Egret Marsh Tidal Swamp Recycled Upcycled Frame
A Fused Glass Heron - Statuesque and Peaceful

This is my great blue heron after its third and final firing.  He stands statuesque and peaceful.



Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fused Glass Dichroic Jewelry Necklaces

My favorite part of working with glass is designing something unique, from the original sketch to the shiny finished piece.  I created some fused glass pendants that incorporate different types of dichroic glass.  The color of dichroic glass shifts as the angle of light changes creating a rainbow of colors within each pendant.  My favorite is the fish tail swimming away on an wavy blue ocean.

Dichroic Pendant Necklace Flutterbybutterfly Art Jewelry Fused Glass Flutterbyfoto Star Fish
Some new fused glass pendant necklaces.

Each pendant is made from layers of dichroic and Bullseye glass and fired in my JenKen kiln to temperatures ranging from 1425 deg F to 1550 deg F depending on the final thickness.  I use E6000 to attach bails to the pendants and let it cure 48 hours.

Blue Bird Red Owl Heart Valentine Love Dichroic Pendant Necklace Fused Glass
A loveable owl and an adorable blue bird in fused glass.

Here are two more dichroic art glass necklaces featuring a loveable red owl with a dichroic heart shaped chest and an adorable blue bird with a dichroic heart shaped wing.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cherry Blossom Sakura Flowers Fused Glass Antique Window

Cherry blossoms in opaque shades of pink bloom on branches of transparent brown and amber glass, framed by an antique window. 

Cherry Blossom Sakura Art Flower Fused Stained Glass Antique Window Hanging Pane Bullseye
Fused Glass Pink Cherry Blossoms in an Antique Window Frame

To create the branches, I layered opaque thin strips of chocolate brown glass with course chunks of transparent amber glass and assorted light brown frits.  These bits were arranged on 1/8 inch fiber paper and taken to a full fuse in my JenKen kiln.  I had not tried this before and found the resulting branches to have this layered bark-like look, very cool.  

Cherry Blossom Sakura Art Flower Fused Stained Glass Antique Window Hanging Pane Bullseye Frit Full Fuse Branch Construction
Fused Glass Bullseye Frit Arranged into Branches Before and After Firing
Cherry Blossom Sakura Art Flower Fused Stained Glass Antique Window Hanging Pane Bullseye Frit Full Fuse Branch Transparency Construction
A Close-up of the Full Fused Frit Branch

Each cherry blossom petal was cut, shaped, arranged and re-arranged until I liked the overall symmetry.  I used 5 different colors for the petals and it was difficult to visualize the end result because some of the colors shifted after firing.  I'm not sure I should have paired the salmon with the rose pink, but the colors in the finished window don't feel wrong.

Cherry Blossom Sakura Art Flower Fused Stained Glass Antique Window Hanging Pane Petal Curious Bullseye Color Strike Shift
Pink Cherry Blossom Petals of Bullseye Glass Before and After Firing

This window was a huge challenge.  I usually over plan and calculate to avoid any issued after firing, but I still got some internal cracks around some of the rose pink petals.  You can't feel the crack from eihter side, but you can see it if you tilt your head at just right and the light passes through just so. 

A Internal Stress Crack After Firing.

I'm afraid to sell this window on my Etsy site.  After all my disappointment in a project that didn't go as planned, my husband just decided to hang it in our living room.  No one seems to notice the flaw.