Anytime we needed to fire the kiln and there was spare room on the shelves, i’d quick quick put something together to try out this, that, or the other thing. Sometimes I’d be thinking about some way to try something new or a slight twist on something i saw while helping/teaching folks during the day. This is what i ended up with this this year – I see at least one more glass button coming out of this (lower right corner) and perhaps I’ll set some of the wavy blue/green cabs in some metal jewelry… but the rest is one big question mark. They may just sit in a bowl in my office for a while until I figure out what to do with them.
The big glob on the right is intended to be sliced apart and rearranged, too. Someday.
Another very late Xmas gift….
|After the first firing, both nightlights were flat. I kept the abstract one flat,
but wanted to try making the owl light curved.
|Curved owl light in the dark.|
|Daytime view of the curved owl nightlight.|
As always, more lessons learned:
- First attempt at curving the panel was on a metal dish of unknown origin…. stainless steel is OK, but this one was not guaranteed steel…. and i ended up freaking myself out thinking of all the awful chemicals i might be unleashing on my house and stopped that firing. Next time, no messing around like that.
- If using a ceramic (unglazed) bowl…. ventilation is key. (I broke that bowl in half — but it worked anyway!!)
- This nightlight, so far, seems to be of a more decent weight for the glue I used. I’ve not heard of this one falling apart just yet….
A very late Xmas project ….
|Two nightlights fit on one shelf for firing. The one in the back is the one pictured here.|
|Here’s what it looks like (kind of) when it’s turned on|
|And here’s what it looks like in broad daylight.|
- Three layers at this size (roughly 4″ x 6″) is too heavy for the first kind of glue I used :/ Linz reports that it fell off of the nightlight bracket in less than a week :/
- It’s harder to take accurate “in the dark” pictures than I imagined
- I still like fused glass with that extra layer of clear on the top (to make it look deep or submerged) a lot.