Things are progressing on the mosaic wall. I'm sourcing materials from anywhere I can find them and I found something cool under the glass table.
When I bought the kiln it came with a couple of buckets of cullet glass. If I had been smart I would have taken them straight to the dump but I decided to keep them and see what I could do with them. I've played with them a little and through that learned that I could paint them with PearlEx (mica) powder. I stopped fooling around with the cullet glass when I learned that it's not really good for fusing because you don't know the COE of the glass and if it's compatible.
But then I thought that I could make glass pebbles!
Here's a chunk of glass with the top side painted with a mix of white glue and mica powder.
I had done enough experimenting before to know that most of the color will not come through after fusing but I decided to try a few colors to see what I might get.
Here they are after fusing. They look mostly white but the color shows in the reflected light in the mica surface. These are nice shimmery pebbles that I can incorporate in the wall.
Like I did with this section if shells. These are shells that I collected in Hatteras this summer. I think the glass pebbles fit in great with the shells. I've already made a second batch of pebbles and have enough glass for at least 2 more batches. That's better than the garbage!