It starts with an idea...
...and a choice of glass for the background.
Then the heron is outlined in thin copper wire and crushed glass (frit). Enamel paint is used to emphasize and fill out the image. The whole piece is fused t0 1500 degrees (F).
More crushed glass and glass threads are added for emphasis. The whole piece is fused again at a lower temperature so the texture on the glass is retained.
The final piece is put into a hand made wood frame for hanging.
"Patience" is complete!
Hilton Head, 2015
I was asked me to create a unique retirement gift for a colleague - a wonderful woman, expert golfer and fan of everything Hilton Head!
So it starts by finding a good picture I can mark up....
Then I lay in the glass that will be the 1st of two mid-layers.....
..and then picking out the glass for the base.
...and fuse them for the first time. Note the two pieces ..it's always good to have a backup!
...and some detail after the second firing to really make things pop and to give the surface texture.
Then I start adding the glass to build up the true colors of the piece....
The final piece, mounted in an oak stand and with engraved inscription.