Now that the English weather is getting warmer it was time to get back to doing what I love the most – Stained Glass 🙂 After much deliberation over which pattern to do I finally settled on a free Spectrum Glass pattern called “H-O-O-T Owl” but decided to just make the owl rather than have it as a panel as per the pattern. During soldering I came to realise that my soldering iron wasn’t consistently keeping at temperature so I’ve had to order a new one. I’ve upgraded from my usual 80watt to a Weller 101d 100 watt as it got really good reviews. I was really pleased with how he turned out, although he does need some proper eyes. He now hangs in my kitchen window alongside my butterfly. As it’s spring, next I plan to do a floral pattern 🙂
I really enjoy paper cutting as I find it relaxing. This template is called “Infinity Moon” and it’s a Paper Panda design. Took me about 3 hours to cut but I certainly did have a sore thumb afterwards 😉
I watched some more great Microwave Kiln Glass Fusing YouTube videos yesterday. One of these was really helpful in explaining how you can break up and reuse any of your previous glass fused creations that you were, well lets say less happy with!
Being a newbie to this craft I’d got a couple of these and because I already recycled some of my stained glass into my mosaics I’d already got the tool for job ahead. So, out came the wheeled nippers (photo below in case you don’t know what these are), a large old plastic sandwich bag to stop the small shards of glass flying about the room and plenty of muscle power! I then used the wheeled nippers to cut up the old fused pieces and was pleasantly surprised to reveal some lovely layered glass that I could reuse.
In the photo below you’ll see the glass stacks I made with the pieces I’d cut up and I also experimented with some glass on it’s side to see how the layers came out. I was really happy with the results and they look so much better now than how they started out their life. My favourite one of them all is the tiny one in the middle right column as it reminds me of a ladybird 🙂
This started as the left hand triangle in the before photo.
This started as bottom stack in the before photo.
This started as bottom right stack in the before photo.
This started as top right in the before photo.
This started a top middle stack in the before photo.
Our youngest son has been seeing me have fun so he asked to make one. He chose the glass, the millefiori and orang stringer. His creation is shown below and is in the photo above of all todays pieces. His piece we’ve called “bullseye”!
I thought I’d do some more experimenting with the Microwave Kiln today. I had a root through my stained glass and picked out quite a few bits of opal, rippled and transparent glass. I have read that Stained Glass can be troublesome to fuse so I stuck with the advice to only fuse 2 pieces from the same sheet. I made 3 stacks of 1″ squares that were 2 layers high. I was pleased with the blue transparent (left photo) and the orangey opal but less pleased with the green rippled as that came out with a very matt finish.
More experimenting tomorrow 🙂
Blue transparent stained glass. I like this one.
Top is the rippled glass and that came out matt finish. Middle is blue transparent and bottom is organey opal.
I was pleased to sell my first single stem vase so I’ve had another busy day in the workshop and made two more but in different styles. The one on the left is made from Lime wood and the one on the right from Spalted Silver Birch wood. All I need to do now is to seal them with resin so they can hold water. The making of these will be posted on my YouTube channel in the next few days.
The experiments continue! I thought I’d take a before and after photo today so that I can see how the original stacked glass ended up. What I like about this is that you just never know, until you lift the lid off the kiln once it’s cooled, as to what you’ll find underneath. The bottom one of the two reminds me of a cats eye!
My firing schedule in my 800 watt microwave for these was;
5 mins on medium, quick check to see everything is still in place etc
5 mins on medium, quick check to see what stage it’s at, usually tacked together
Final 3 mins on medium.
Leave to cool in the microwave for 30 mins
Remove from microwave and let cool for a further 10 mins
Remove the lid of the kiln and leave to cool for at least another 15 mins
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