Hey there loyal readers. This here is part 2 of our fused glass tutorial series Suspended in Amber.
We divided this series into 3 parts. Part 1, where we talk about technique and firing, is here. Part 3, where we describe technique for tests 6-9, is now live.
So lets get started shall we? For this series, we really wanted to play with the interesting characteristics unique to glass: depth, flow and bubbles. We tried nine different permutations of the amber insects.
The decals were pre-fired on both pieces of glass. Notice that we cut one of the decals down the middle and spread each half out, leaving a 2mm gap between. The two layers of glass were arranged so that the decal on amber layer is on top and the decal on the french vanilla was sandwiched between the two layers. Check out the results of the final firing below.
This piece had some interesting unintended effects. First we pre-fired the black insect onto the amber glass. Then, in a second pre-firing, we covered that whole layer with the insect decal with a solid rectangle of platinum decal. We were very surprised to see that the insect decal reacted with the platinum, which completely disappeared in that second pre-firing. Weird.
The final fuse came out pretty nice though.
This was a pretty straightforward piece. The black insect was pre-fired on amber and then sandwiched underneath an unadorned amber layer for the final fuse. We were really trying to maximize bubbles in this one so we made sure that the rough side of the glass were touching in the middle of the decal sandwich. Mmmnnnn! Deliciously bubbly!
Tests 4 and 5
These two tests are similar except for the fact that the top glass for test 4 is clear and the top glass for test 5 is amber. These two tests show well the different tones of amber one can achieve. Additionally, we trimmed about a 1mm strip from the gold decal on the clear glass to hopefully add some 3D effect.
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