Fused Glass Artistry

Shattered

*!@#%^*!!!!

Yup, that echoed throughout my studio when I checked a kiln run that was ruinous.  I had been lured into a compulsive buy at a glass supply store.  The specialty glass piece had multi-hued green shards on top of a blue swirled opaque white sheet.  I thought it was perfect for one of my organic shaped vases.

During the initial heating process, right around 600 F, I heard a loud noise but didn’t know what it might have been.  I wasn’t about to violate the basic rules of fusing glass and look inside the kiln when it wasn’t above 1100 F.  When the temperature did reach the expected slumping point (~1200 F), I took a peek.  Oh no!

This is what I saw.

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The center of the glass had split open and the entire piece had fallen down around the mold instead of slowly draping over it.  I think the noise I heard was the glass splitting open.  Maybe the glass had not been properly annealed when I obtained it?  I used my standard ramp rate for heating the glass – after holding for 15 min at 300F, ramp to 1100 F at 300 F/hour.

This odd glass imitation of a mounted fish (I could only see a big bass mouth mocking me) stumped me for many months.  What would I do with it?

Hammer time!

Yes.  I attacked this with a hammer and smashed this oddity into pieces.  I could start over.

I choose to tack fuse some of these shards onto an opaque white sheet.  DSCN1697Now it was time to try to drape this over a floral former to create a vase.

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Success!!!! I’m happy with how I recovered from one fusing disaster to create something exciting.  Perseverance pays.

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