Monday, April 14, 2014

Urn

We have been making some memorial urns for folks. I had a family in a couple of weeks ago and they picked out some colors and a basic shape for an urn for the family dog. It was nice to be able to create something like this for them.
It has a white base color with Cobalt Blue and Light Blue. On top of that there are some dichroic flakes adding a shimmer. The urn has a lid with the same colors too.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tulip Paperweight

We made a tulip paperweight for an award the other day. This is the third one and it looks like it is coming out correctly now.
First gather and small yellow spots are torched on for the stamen.
Second gather and drop three purple petals.
then three more (it needs a strip gather in between)
Gather on top and jack and knock off.





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shaving Bowls

I have been working on a shaving bowl.
It is a small three and a half gather piece. gather, gather, color, gather. then a half gather and right to heat in the glory hole.
jack in a small "handle" at the bottom and blow the rest round. Transfer and open the top.
They are a great little piece and work well with shave cream and brush.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pumpkins

It is that time of year again. Pumpkins. Pumpkins everywhere. They are great fun to make. I have been focused on a small two gather pumpkin thus far.
Gather and shape a bit. 
Gather and color. 
Melt it in and then Marver just a bit to shape to a cone. 
Heat good. 
Drop down in the Optic Mold. I like the Steinert 12-8B for the Pumpkin












This gives a nice pattern and depth to the ridges. 
Blow in the optic mold til you see the glass nearly fill the mold. 
Just a bit of heat and Jack the Neck. 
Get the neck down real tight. Blow to round it out.
Push in the bottom of the pumpkin so the jack line goes into the body of the piece just a bit. 
Puff and flatten. 
Knock off the pumpkin in the color pick up box (ours is on the floor).
Make about four pumpkins. 
Then the stems. Two gathers and color. 
Heat and optic mold. Heat just the tip. 
Pick up the pumpkin from the hot box and get into the Glory Hole. 
Heat til it moves. 
At the knock off table pull up a bit. Cut the stem. 
Pliers to pull up and wrap the stem around a metal bar. cut the end and torch smooth. 
Into the annealher. 
Pumpkin on the Blow Pipe



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Friday, August 30, 2013

I made another component to the flower. Third time and still not quite a charm but looking better.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Chi-O Hearts for Hearing

We made some heart for the Chi-O's. Hearts for Hearing is a great group.


The heart is a small two gather. Red on one side and canary yellow on the other. Let it twist in the glory hole and drop into the heart. Jack it tight. Use the torch to cut it free and tweeze off the bit of excess. 

The EFAI Ornament - 2013

The annual Christmas ornament for the Edmond Fine Arts Institute is white and alabaster. It is a lovely mix and the alabaster allows light to filter into the ornament so the white really glows.

The EFAI sells these ornaments every year as part of their winter fundraiser.

Many thanks to Matt for getting the photographs.