The fused glass holiday season has begun
at the LUX Center for the Arts!
My first group of students for the season was ready to jump right in! I got lots of great photos of them all working...Since all of the students are newbies and it's a short family class, the easiest way to get started is to use mosaic nippers and cut strips down to glue together in a snowflake pattern.
My favorite part of these classes is seeing the color combos that everyone chooses...
|Puzzling the pieces together...|
|Teamwork! Nipping glass!|
|That's a mischievous look, if ever I saw one!|
After the students were finished, I loaded the snowflakes into the car to take back to my kiln. I'm able to fit about 15 snowflakes in at once. That's half of the snowflakes we made in this class. Luckily, fused glass pieces that are small like these snowflakes take a short amount of time to fire. I'll be able to load up the second batch by the time I wake up in the morning. (When firing my plates and other large items, I have to wait up to 24 hours before opening the kiln!)
|Fresh coat of kiln wash and the snowflakes are ready to melt...|
|600º Fahrenheit - nothing happening here except the glue's burning off...|
|1000º Fahrenheit - glass isn't melting yet, but the kiln is glowing...|
|Batch of snowflakes before being fired to 1440º F|
|Same batch of snowflakes after being fired to 1440º F|