|Fused Glass Okinawa Map Floating on a Sea of Blue|
Spring in the military is PCS season, the time when everyone begins to move to their next duty station. PCS stands for Permanent Change of Station and it means saying good-bye to friends and hello to a new adventure. These Okinawa fused glass maps will help to celebrate time spent on island.
|Painting the map with enamels.|
I hand paint each map of Okinawa on a square of Bullseye glass using specialty paints. These glass paints are purchased in powder form and mixed to just the right consistency. They will fire to a glossy finish when heated in my kiln.
|Glass ornaments ready to heat 1475 degF in my kiln.|
Once the glass paint is dry, I create a sandwich of two clear pieces of glass filled with a mix of crushed glass and glass powders in many shades of transparent blue. Each ornament is fired in the kiln to a temperature of 1475 degF. After more than 13 hours, each sandwich becomes one solid piece of glass with the map of Okinawa permanently fused to the surface.
|My finished Okinawa map.|
Happy moving season!