As you know my blogs for January are focusing on my fused glass class with Patty Gray. As with the other fused glass technique I’ve written about this month I love this technique. Patty calls it jaws and I really like it. It’s fun and easy and I think it’s beautiful.
This is my original jaws piece and you can see I did a lot of opals and just a bit of the transparent. I like the southwestern feel to this piece. If you look close you can see some pointy areas. The reason is because I didn’t coldwork it.
For my remake I wanted to do something for Valentines. So I did reds and clear and of course I did it in a heart shape ring. I really like the transparent, but I think the mixture with the opal red is beautiful. The heart is really thick (over an inch) so I’m putting it back in the kiln and flattening it out a bit.
The best part about this fused glass technique is you don’t just have to fuse an entire piece with it, you can incorporate it in with other glass. I had a lot of clear, black, and gray glass left over from a commercial order I just finished. So I decided, why not try it and see how it looks. It has a lot more clear, but I really love the simplicity of it. It’s so elegant and beautiful, I can’t tell you how much I love it.
Yep this is definitely one of my favorites. I did some cold working and evened it out a bit because this technique makes it a bit wonky. I’ll need to remember when I combine it with glass to cut the pieces smaller.
I made some minor modifications including the shape, color, and incorporating it with plain glass. Some things I did the same in the heart I used both transparent and opal, just like my original but I used more clear and I used a lot of iridized which I really like.
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Keeping my Kiln warm,