Monday, February 24, 2014

Cherry Blossom Sakura Flowers Fused Glass Art Window Panels

Delicate cherry blossoms formed of sheer layered petals in soft shades of pink allow dappled light to gently pass through this fused glass art. 

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Fused Glass Cherry Blossoms Floating on a Sky of Glass

These glass petals remind of the five years we spent living in Japan.  I don't think we will have the opportunity to move back overseas and see another Cherry Blossom Festival, but this set of fused glass blooms helps to capture that moment.

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One Fused Glass Cherry Blossom Panel

Each fused glass art panel is filled with cherry blossoms frozen in time, just before the wind gently blows the petals free.  Each flower bloom, branch and leaf was created from Bullseye glass sheets and crushed glass (frit).

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The Second Fused Glass Cherry Blossom Panel

I used flexi-glass medium and Bullseye frit in petal pink and white to produce a filmy glass sheet for the flower petals.  The flex-glass instructions said to first spread the medium onto the transfer sheet, next sift the glass powder, and then bake until dry.  The final glass sheet was more delicate than I expected, but made a sheer and gauzy glass that really feels like petals.

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Using Flexi-Glass Medium To Create Sheets of Glass

Each cherry blossom petal was individually cut from this ultra-thin variegated pink and white glass sheet.  I layered groupings of petals into organically shaped blooming clusters that fill each art glass panel.  To create the branches, I layered opaque thin strips of chocolate brown glass with course chunks of transparent amber glass and assorted light brown glass frits and fired them to a full fuse.

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Fused Glass Cherry Blossom Creation

Here is another photo of one glass cherry blossom panel in different lighting and placed on a slate background.  I love how the the layers of petals give such depth.  Each finished window hangs from a set of heavy duty brass roll hooks and brass chain.

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