I am Sarinda Jones and I am a full time kiln formed glass artist with a passion for all things paper. I am thrilled to be participating in this amazing Design Team and Artistcellar. I hope you will be inspired to create something that I bring to you. For me it is all about playful creating. Although you will see me use a lot of different mediums. I thought today I would share a tutorial using Artistcellar Playful Pods stencils and kiln formed glass platter. Just in case any of you wanted to know more about how the glass process works.
Here is the Playful Pods Stencils.... "By the way... MY Fav Chris Cozen"
You will cut two 8"x8" clear glass sheets.
Placing the stencil onto the cleaned glass you will see that there is some space around the edges. Taking paper to cover up the entire edges of exposed glass.
Tip:You can also use Ducktape on the edges of the stencils to help with this issue.
Here I am creating the top layer glass detail with Bullseye Powdered Black Glass. Using a sifter to apply the power glass to the stencil.
IMPORTANT: You Must Must wear a respirator while using any powder glass or small particulates. As you do not what that to settle into your lungs. It does not come out.
Lightly tap sifter to disperse the power glass onto the stencil.
Just for fun this is how I look working with this stuff. Not the funnest thing while in the summer months. lol.
I digress, Back to the tutorial-!
VERY carefully remove the stencil and tap powder back into the jar.
Now I am creating the bottom layer for the kiln formed glass platter. Using 4 colors of coarse frit glass, Aqua, Amber, Rhubarb and Red. What "frit" means is the glass has been broken into small chucks and sifted into different particulate sizes, from powder, fine, medium and coarse. It is to use as accessory glass and will create some interesting bubbles and textures within the finished glass platter.
Working on top of the kiln shelf and thin fire paper, you will mark the corners of the 8"x8" clear glass blank. Then add the coarse glass frit inside the outlined square.
Add one cleaned clear glass blank onto the glass frit.
Next you will add the clear glass with black glass powder detail on top of the other. Careful not to disturb the powder glass.
This is how it will look all stacked together.
Now- the stack goes into the kiln and fires up to 1500 degrees for 14 hours. This will fuse all the layers together and become one thick sheet of glass.
This is how the sheet looks after the firing.
Detail of the glass sheet.
The last step is to put it back into the kiln on a ceramic mold for another firing to slump the glass slab into a plate shape. Yes- another 14 hours. This is always done as a second firing as you can not full fuse and slump at the same time. They are different firing schedules and temperatures.
Here is the finished piece.
I hope you have enjoyed looking into the world of glass with me.
Again- I look forward to working with Artistcellar and the Design Team. I have enjoyed being inspired by the last DT and find this an amazing opportunity.
Have a creative day.
Glass Site: www.SarindaJones.com
Paper Blog: www.AggregateMemories.blogspot.com