Friday, December 11, 2015

Bowl Full of Cheer

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“Keep it simple,” is my mantra at this busy time of year. But simple doesn’t necessarily mean humdrum. In fact, simple quite often is very elegant. Take this cheery bowl for example. It’s super easy to create and still makes a flashy, festive holiday decoration. In the interest of getting you out and into your studio where all the fun happens, I’m going to keep this post simple, too. So let’s get to it.  

This bowl is made with two layers of glass plus accent pieces on the top layer. Cut a 10-inch circle out of white glass for the base. Cut a second 10-inch circle out of the pattern glass. Stack the pattern on the white base. Cut 9 holly leaf shapes out of green glass. Grind them if needed to smooth out the shapes. Position the leaf shapes and fusible pebbles on the pattern layer. Fire the glass to a full fuse temperature. Slump into a fluted mold. Ta-Da! You have a beautiful seasonal treasure that is sure to bring cheer to your home for years to come. 

For this project I used:
Spectrum Glass, 200, white, for the base
Uroboros Glass, 11-29-96, Clear, Greens, Pink, Fracture, Green Streamers, for the top layer
Spectrum Glass, 128AVSF, Dark Green Aventurine, for the holly leaves
Spectrum Glass, Red Pebbles, for the holly berries
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Making Merry

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At this busy time of year our minds are whirling with thoughts of family, friends and festivities. A great way to slow down and put the joy back in your holiday season is to indulge yourself in a little creative studio time. It’s easy to justify the peaceful solitude you’ll enjoy while making these elegant, stress-free dishes. They’re perfect gifts for spreading holiday cheer to co-workers, neighbors, or those unexpected last minute guests. 
Simple Elegance
Simple elegant and classic designed dishes are always in style. The larger, 6 ¼ in x 6 ¼ in plate is made with three layers of glass. The base layer is a 6 in x 6 in square of white glass. For the second layer, cut an assortment of ¼ in wide, 6 ¼ in long strips of colored glass of your choice. I used opal green, transparent green and iridized cherry red. Cut several strips of clear glass ¼ in wide, 6 in long.

Assemble the color glass strips on the white base so they overlap the base by 1/8 in on each end. Alternate a few strips of clear glass in-between the colors, so the white base shows through. (Note: the clear strips do not overlap the base.) Use stringers to add an accent color if you’d like. I used opal, yellow stingers in my dish. 
Dish detail
Assemble the third layer. Stack your color and clear strips on top and perpendicular to the layer below. Add stringers if you’d like. 

The overlapping ends of colored glass curl in during fusing which gives this dish its decorative, scalloped edge.

To make the smaller dish cut white glass for the base to 3 ½ in x 3 ½ in. Cut several ¼ in wide strips out of opal green, transparent green and iridized cherry red transparent glasses. Cut several ¼ in x ¼ in pieces of clear glass. Cut a few red and green strips to 1 in long. Assemble the plaid pattern starting in the middle and working your way out towards the edges. Trim the lengths of the strips as needed as you go. A tiny bit of glue on the backside of the glass strips will made your assembly a lot easier. 
Dish detail
 Fuse the assembled glass and then slump them in shallow molds. 

I hope you enjoy making these little treasures as much as I did.

Merry, Merry!

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