Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coneflower Dragonfly Fused Glass Art Window Panel

Coneflowers grow in a glass garden window hanging as dragonflies dart about looking for a warm place to bask in the sun.

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A Fused Glass Garden of Dragonflies and Flowers

The coneflowers are created from opaque Bullseye glass in shades of smoky lavender and soft sky blue.  Each flower sits atop a hand-pulled variegated green stem with transparent foliage.  When fired in the kiln, the transparent glass edges will soften, creating muted greenery while the opaque flower petals stay crisp.

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Iridescent Fused Glass Dragonfly

Each hand cut, fused glass dragonfly was designed with transparent bluish purple wings.  The iridescent glass used for the wings has a shimmery finish that reflects rainbows when the light catches.

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A Smoky Lavender Coneflower

This finished window hangs from a set of Aanraku roll hooks and brass chain that seem to accessorize an outfit like the perfect necklace. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fused Glass Home Decor Flower Poppies in Silhouette

Fused glass poppy shadows float over almost flowing undulations of reds with a hint of yellow and white.  These dark poppy silhouettes climb gently over a fully fused disk of Bullseye glass.  

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Fused Glass Poppy Flowers in Silhouette

To create the art glass base for these flowers, I filled a clay pot from Home Depot with scrap transparent and opaque shades of glass.  When the glass is heated to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, the glass flows out and spreads to form a circle.  In a second firing, hooks were added for hanging.

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Hand Crafted Fused Glass Home Decor

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fused Glass Constellations

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Constellations of Fused Glass Starry Nighttime Sky

Stars of white fill a disk of swirling blue glass to form the constellations in the night sky.  This fused glass project started with a pot melt of assorted Bullseye blue glass in both opaque and transparent.  I added opaque white glass balls to form both the Big and Little Dipper, as well as Draco and Cassiopeia.  I used a faceted quartz stone for Polaris.

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Faceted Quartz Stones for Fused Glass Projects

My father-in-law hand cut and polished these pieces of quartz, my picture just doesn't do these crystals justice.

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Faceted Quartz Polaris in a Fused Glass Little Dipper Constellation

Here's a close-up of the little dipper with the north star placed at the end of the handle.  The stone was fixed to the glass after all firing was completed.

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Fused Glass Orion Constellation with its Brightest Stars

I loved my starry nighttime sky so much I made a second hanging of star clusters to form the constellations Orion, Taurus and Gemini with a faceted quartz stone for Sirius, the dog star.

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Fused Glass Stargazing