The Winter session of glass class started this week and I’ve started 2 new projects to specifically work on there. I’m taking the class primarily to have access to the cold working tools (lap grinder, wet saw, sand blaster, etc). I have a few small projects that I can use the tools on but there’s a cold work intensive project that I’ve been wanting to do.
Screen melts are pretty much what you might expect. A bunch of glass is piled on a screen and it melts through the screen into molds on the kiln shelf. I take my kiln to about 1625 for this process.
This is kind of the look I’m after. These both look a little dull because I’m in the middle of cold working that I started Monday in class. When these pieces come out of the kiln there are spikes on top from some glass that dripped but didn’t quite get all the way down. Also the edges and bottom are quite rough from the texture of the kiln paper that I have to use. So I’m doing lots of grinding!
This is what the back surface looks like from the fiber paper.
I started grinding the back of the blue one and have it this far after about 40 minutes. I still have a lot of work on this side and will need to do the same on the top and sides. Once I have the surface mostly smooth then I will use 2 more grinding wheels to smooth it out before a final fire polish.
I had bubbles form on both of them. I got this one ground down enough that I can fire it with some clear frit in the holes to smooth out the surface. That will save me a little grinding time. I’ll get that done this week and be ready for more grinding Monday.
Both of these will eventually be suncatchers. I’m not going to slump them into bowls or plates because I think they will look best in a window with the sun behind them.
If they ever get finished!