Raking glass is sort of like making Italian marbled paper, but with red hot 1500 degree molten glass. This photo shows how I began layering compatible Bullseye brand glass in our large Denver kiln. The bottom layer is clear. The lavender bits are “striker pink” and will turn magenta after firing. Some of what looks clear will turn coral. Others are “opaline” and will turn a milky white. Part of the challenge of working with glass is having to imagine colors that only appear after firing.
The background is pink because the shelf primer is colored pink. Primer keeps the glass from sticking.
Here’s the pre-raked glass after I went crazy adding too many colors (the green). Most of what looks like white powdered glass is actually clear.
Here I am raking a different piece.
Here’s the video I shot of raking the hot pink extravaganza pictured above.
I’ve always loved little stash boxes, so I’ve started putting fused glass into the lids of wooden boxes. After the glass annealed (slowly cooled) I cleaned the resulting glass, cut it with a tile saw, sized it with a diamond grinder, painted it with 18 k gold glass luster paint and popped it into the kiln again to set the paint, and to fire polish away any chips or rough edges. This box is 2.5″ square.
I found locally made, sustainably harvested boxes (can you get any more West Sonoma county than that?) and am slowly making the custom shaped glass insets for them. My husband Leland routes the box tops for me.
Here’s the first one, made from cottonwood with an awesome burl. I painted a phoenix with 18 k gold paint on a piece of that hot pink raked glass for the top.
Someone in Dallas Texas, already bought it through my Etsy store, but stay tuned, because more are on the way.
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Salle Webber reading her essay, “Professional Grandmother,” from the recently published anthology, Wondrous Child: The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting at the lovely Orinda Bookstore.
Look for it at your local indie bookstore.
I’m pleased with how the video I made for Art at the Source open studio tours came out.
I had it up on YouTube, which worked fine except when the movie ended they displayed a bunch of unrelated and therefore confusing ads and videos. Vimeo seems much cleaner. What’s your experience?
Glad to know I haven’t forgotten how to edit video. Now, to get back to making some glass art, or maybe a bracelet…