Sunday, June 12, 2016

Spoons - 

                           I have a new mold. 

I have a new mold that will slump spoons. 

I'm trying to up my game by creating spoons that match my bowls. 

View of the kiln: Fused glass ready to slump into the molds.

Recycled glass with enamel dots.

Spoon and bowl made from recycled glass with enamel dots.

This spoon and bowl have cobalt blue enamel dots.
Enamel allows many color options with recycle glass.

~ Julz

Monday, January 11, 2016

Glass, glass, glass

 Posting again.

Recording progress, projects, and documenting so that I don't forget. 

Here I go. . . 

Mosaics. A way to use some scraps. And sometimes just make small pieces of glass into great designs.
~ Julz

Sunday, February 17, 2013

More recycled glass with emamel color

Window glass turns a fine ice-blue color after being fired in the kiln.

I love the ice-blue color, 
but adding a bit of enamel can bring a new dimension to my glass pieces.

I ordered a sample selection of enamels from Thompson Enamel 
and have loved experimenting with the opaque and transparent colors.

Pre-fired glass blanks in the kiln. 
The enamel colors don't really show themselves until after firing.

The bowl below was made from the bottom right blank.

I love the color.

~ Julz

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Recycled glass w/ enamel color

I am really enjoying the use of enamels with recycled glass to add a bit of color.

 a bit of color brightens the cold days. . . 

This square dish will be great for organizing my desk.

The yellow and orange colors really shine through on this wonky bowl.

I still need to smooth the edges of this blue bowl. I can't wait to get it finished.

~ Julz

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2013 - glass

February 2013 
What I am working on now. . . 

Staying warm.

Temperatures in Wisconsin have gone from below zero with -20 windchills to 40 and back in the last 5 days. Today it is sunny and a cold 14 degrees.

The above two pics are a bit of fusing that happened around the holidays. I really like these stars hanging in my front window. They catch the light and sparkle on sunny days.
(Perhaps permanent, front window ornaments.)

We had 9+ inches of snow last week.

With my studio in the basement, 
my glassing view is now up and out over snow banks.

I am trying my big kiln out on some recycled glass with enamels today.

I'm hoping for the best on their first run through the kiln. 
Enamels can drastically change color when they are heated.

The small kiln has an enamel blank that I am slumping on a, new for me, mold -
I don't really like the blue-dot design, 
so I decided to try slumping over this mold that I have had for more than a year 
and not used yet. I will be able to figure out the mold without using expensive glass.

It's good to be dabbling with glass again.

~ Julz

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Garden stake - fused

It's a beautiful day in Wisconsin. March 14th and the temperature is in the seventies.


I took advantage of the weather and took a picture outside of my newest completed garden stake.

and . . . I'm posting this sitting outside in the garden.

~ Julz

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

win some, lose some

Well the new concept in a garden stake has proven to be a bit of a challenge. A challenge in the form a few large bubbles. . . . I like the idea so I tried again -

My new design was a mosaic, fun color panel.
After firing - I realized that I didn't secure the copper edge pieces properly for a full-fuse.

(notice the lower right corner) 

I like this idea - hence the next piece - 

I hope I have better luck fusing this one.


I did take some left-over glass and make this nice bowl.
(same bowl in both photos - different angle)

Win some - Lose some.

That's the story today.

~ Julz