Thursday, December 13, 2018

Holiday Happiness is a Warm Kiln



It's your lucky day! 

A gift for you! Enjoy three elegant, fast and easy gift ideas that guarantee guilt free studio time even at this busy time of year.

‘Tis the season for giving. This wonderful time of year, we open our hearts and put other people’s needs and wishes ahead of our own. But in this fast-paced, cyber world where we have hundreds of friends at our finger tips, it’s surprising how disconnected from each other we can really be. There’s no better way to make a special, personal impression and show just how much you care than with a beautiful, hand-made piece of glass art.  

So, I’m sharing some of my favorite gift ideas. I love these fun and festive designs. They make giving easy, because they’re always well received, year after year.   



Glitzy Wine Bottle Cheese Tray

Here’s a new twist on an old concept. Decorate flattened wine bottles with fired dichroic scrap. Don’t forget to include the kids. Gluing the bits and pieces is a family-friendly activity. 

Dress up the bottle further with ribbon and a cheese spreader from the Dollar Store. Four nuggets glued to the bottom of the bottle ramp up the sparkle you get from the jewel tone embellishments.  

Fire the bottles at 300 degrees an hour to 1450 degrees. Hold for 10 minutes. Drop to 960 and hold for 40 minutes. Allow the kiln to cool to room temperature.   


Wine Bottle Charm with Funny Tag

"We'll be friends until we are old and senile... Then we'll be NEW friends!!" 

You’ll have them laughing out loud with this humorous wine bottle ornament. It’s a breeze to make. The base is made with a 2” x 1 ½” piece of iridized black and a 2” x ½” piece of dichroic glass. Cap the two pieces with a 2” x 2” piece of clear. Write your message on the top of the clear glass with fusible paint and fuse, then glue a bail on the backside of the fired glass. Cut a wine bottle silhouette from stiff, decorative scrap book paper. Make and print the label on colored paper and glue it in place. Tie the charm on with ribbon for a quick, personalized gift for those hard-to-buy-for friends and co-workers.    


Fire 300 degrees an hour to 1465. Hold 10 minutes. Drop to 960, hold for 20 minutes. Allow the kiln to cool to room temperature. 




Lucky Horse Shoe

You don’t have to be a horse lover to have good luck. This project is another great way to use your dichroic scrap. The base layer is two pieces of clear glass. The design layer is constructed mosaic style with random shapes of dichroic glass. Mix up patterned and solid material for those attractive, eye popping combinations we all love. My ornament measures 3 inch wide and 3 1/2 inch high. You can make them larger or smaller as desired.

Fire 300 degrees an hour to 1465. Hold 10 minutes. Drop to 960, hold for 20 minutes. Allow the kiln to cool to room temperature. 

My gift to you this busy holiday season is the peaceful, guilt-free studio time you’ll enjoy while creating these fanciful gifts.  

Holiday Happiness is a Warm Kiln.
Cheers!
Lisa

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

5 Quick Holiday Favorites to Brighten Your Home



At this over scheduled time of year, we’re all longing for the peace and tranquility we associate with more studio time. Well here’s your excuse to log in more hours with your glass cutter and kiln. Don’t let these charming projects fool you; these flashy little beauties are fun, fast and easy to make. Plus, they make great gifts for any unexpected visitors that might drop in.  



These darling plates are great for table decorations or for serving sweet treats. The dishes photographed here measure 10-inch by 10-inch. But these smart designs also look terrific in 12-inch or 8-inch sizes. Feel free to adjust the size to fit any slumping mold you may have. 



To make these seasonal plates, cut a 10-inch by 10-inch piece of clear fusible glass for the base layer. Select your design and glass colors. Cut the design layer using the specific pattern you selected as a guide. Glue the design layer on top of the base layer with a small amount of fusers glue, or another appropriate adhesive. Set the project aside to let the glue dry. (I like to use a tiny amount of white Elmer’s school glue and apply it with a tooth pick.


This glue dries fast and when used in tiny amounts burns off without a trace.) Using the pattern as a guide, cut the accent pieces that make up the design you selected. Grind the cut accent pieces for a nice, clean fit. Clean the glass with water and then dry it with a towel. (I prefer to use water over detergents or other solvents that could leave reside that might burn onto the glass surface during fusing.) Tack the accent pieces to the design layer with fusers glue. Let the glue dry before moving to the next step. 





For Cookies for Santa, Star of David and You’re a Mean One, select the appropriate power frit colors. Wearing a dust mask, sift your chosen powder evenly over the glass. Using a small dry paint brush or the tip of a pencil draw your message in the frit like you would draw in the sand. Remove any frit that might have fallen on the surrounding glass pieces with the dry paint brush. 

 
Full fuse and slump per the guides below. 

Fusing Guide
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 and hold 30 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 500F/hr to 1465 and hold 10 min.
Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.
Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible

Slumping Guide
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 and hold 10 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 and hold 40 min.
Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible

NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then adjust as needed. 

Serve. Celebrate!

Cheers!

Lisa

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New for 2019

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February 5 – 8, 2019
Join me for this intense workshop held in my private studio.
Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.

Are you ready to take your glass skills and talent to the next level and make exhibition quality artwork?  

Join me for four exhilarating, fun-filled days of fusing. You’ll advance your own personal design style, make multiple exceptional large scale pieces of art and gain the confidence and know-how to take control of your artistic future.
This is the turning point experience you’ve been waiting for.


Get Ready for the Glass Craft and Bead Expo
Las Vegas, NV
April 3-7, 2019
Class Registration is Now Open
Join me for an exciting week for fun and fusing! Here’s my lineup of classes for 2019.

WE-16 - Fired Up! Fusing for the Adventurous
TH-08 - Painting with Frit
FR-18 - Breaking Through – Making Exhibition Quality Art
NEW SA-22 - Sculptural Fused Glass Art
NEW SU-01 - Gallery Quality Fused Glass Made Easy



Learn at home at your own pace. Instructional Videos are here!



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