As I mentioned this month I’m going to focus my blogs on fused glass (Recycled glass) webinars by Jodi McRaney Rusho from Glass with a Past (on Curious Mondo). My first and second blogs I discussed some of the fused glass projects Jodi taught in her first webinar basic bottle glass fusing, and for my third and fourth blogs I want to focus on a couple of my favorite topics from her second webinar Advanced Bottle Glass Fusing.
In Jodi’s Advance recycled glass webinar there were so many fused glass techniques I’m not able to show all the projects she included in her webinar.
In addition to the fuse and fold projects the Advance recycled glass webinar had other information I thought I’d discuss.
Some of my favorite topics Jodi taught in this class were her inclusions. I’ve done many inclusions over the years including brass and copper but she gave me a few more ideas. Including safety pins and my favorite razor blades! Another one of my favorites was sand and dirt. I only made samples so far but this is very promising. I can’t wait to do more pieces with this technique.
She also show us her pocket vases. I wrote a DYK in Aug 2016 on pocket vases but I thought I’d show you some of my bottle pocket vases. It’s funny I put mica inside of the clear fused glass pocket vase and it all disappeared but the mica on the outside stayed completely!
Jodi used a lot of mica on her pieces so I thought I’d write a DYK on mica so at the end of the month it will be in my newsletter.
Jodi also discussed in detail the compatibility testing of bottles. It’s kind of complicated but basically not all glass is the same and if you fused two pieces of glass together that are not compatible the piece can and probably will break. She showed 2 large pieces she made with several different bottles (including color) and under polarized film there was no stress! It was pretty impressive. I test my glass regularly especially when I’m not sure what the glass is. I do big pieces with various pieces of glass all the time with art glass. The key is compatibility.
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