Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vases

Working on a new color design last night. I am really liking the way these turned out.

Gather and color drop. Gather and drop a bit of white, not too much. Must be below halfway point too. Melt it in and shape. Melt down some stringer and touch on and pull off on the white.
Melt that in, shape and gather over for the vase. Watch the stretch. Transfer and open the vase.

We have black with white and red

and red with white and red

Hopefully more to come.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Iris Blue Shard Vase

Last night I picked up some #44 Iris Blue shards and made a little vase to check color. 
Pick up a bar of color on a clean blowpipe so no clear is on the bubble. Blow it out fairly thin. Break up the bubble into shards. 
I got two gathers of clear and about four dips into white (61) powder. Third gather I picked up the shards. After the transfer and shape I turned up the gas on the glory hole to get the #44 to reduce. It made for a nice gleam. The shards did pick up some small bubbles and inclusions but it is pretty nifty. 
 Here are the shards on the gather after melting them in and getting a little shape on the gather.

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.