Before I share this week's glass experiments I want to remind you to share your weekend plans on my Friday post. One of the entries will win a free fat quarter of hand dyed fabric. The Weekend Plans posts will always be on Friday and the drawing will be Monday in the Design Wall Monday post.
Just like working with fabric, glass has a lot of scraps! Except that we call it "frit". Frit is a much less waste product phrase than scraps. Of course we pay a premium price for frit. I knew that I would have lots of frit so I bought some cabochon molds for jewelry pieces.
I wanted to see how different size of bits would work so I filled the molds with a little of everything.
After the first firing the turquoise and red ones were still a little rough. The dichroic one (top right) was really smooth but very boring and the dichroic bits one (lower right) was very rough. I added some transparent glass bits to the top right and some clear frit to the bottom right.
I had similar problems with the small cabochons. I added some clear frit to two of them and both molds got fired again.
The set on the left is good as is. The turquoise set will probably get fired again outside of the mold to further smooth it out. I do like how it's coming out though.
These will also get fired again to smoothe them out. Actually they will get a little grinder action first and them a fire polish.
The other thing I wanted to test was using fiber to create an opening so this bead can be slid on a necklace.
Not bad. Not great. But the fiber cord worked great! I don't know what I will do with all of these things but I expect that my sister-in-law is about to receive a box of glass cabochons.
Time to go do some creative things for the weekend!