After making the sun catchers for my giveaway in December the next one had to be one for Mom. I picked these colors because they are the colors of the rug in her sewing room. This time I decided to add a half inch frame so the the block will float a little.
Just in case I was getting over confident with my pieces this one put me right back in place to remind me that I'm a true beginner with glass. Color is one area I'm still working with. Some glass changes color significantly in the kiln so I'm judging color from the catalog and we all know how that works out sometimes!
Another challenge is working with specialty glass. In this case the background glas is iridized. After making this piece I now know that the iridized surface goes against the kiln shelf, not against the top layer of clear glass. I'm sure I was told that in my first class but you know that you can never remember everything that you are told in a class!
Here's a little test to show you. Each of these is 2 layers of glass with the iridized glass on the bottom and the clear on top. On the left the iridized side is up against the clear. On the right the iridized is on the bottom, against the kiln shelf. See what a huge difference that makes? Maybe, just maybe, I can remember this going forward!
Here is Mom's hanging in her sewing room window.....in the room that most people would call the dining room.
Dining rooms are overrated.