Tuesday, 10 February 2015

a project in progress :: framed fused pendants part 4

Since the initial plan for squares and rectangles left me with cabachons that were too big for the frames, and with an alternative method in mind, I got cutting - at least, I tried.

As you can see, this was, like so many things, easier said than done.  Accurately cutting glass gets more tricky the thicker it is, and these pieces were cut from pieces which had been fully fused (so attained a thickness of around 6mm) and properly annealed (the process by which the glass is cooled at a carefully controlled rate in order to ensure the piece is as durable as possible).  Even the pieces that I managed to cut to approximately the right size don't fit the frames properly!  I also really struggled with cutting close to the edge of the piece - score marks but no breaking going on there.

I'm still refusing to conceed defeat however - I'm going to (at some point) get the dremel out and try grinding down the corners at the base and bevel the top edges of a few pieces, then try firepolishing to see how they turn out.

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An alternative in the meantime, however, is to full fuse pieces and use specialist adhesive to attach a bail to the back, and hang this on a chain or ribbon or cord. 

This cab has gone through another full fuse cycle in the kiln, which rounded all the edges and corners out beautifully.  All smooth and polished and glossy.  The opaque white base provides a clean backdrop to show off the colours of the stringers, and the clear droplet puddles across the surface gently bend and shape their course. 

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I've done something similar with these - purposefully split the strip at an angle and then a full fuse in the kiln - so that's 804°c.

I plan to glue bails to these two too (think that makes grammatical sense...), so that they can be small pendants, though on second thoughts I might try wire wrapping instead. . .  I love the way the coloured stringers seem to change the shade of the base - does the orangey one remind anyone else of a tropical cocktail?  You know, in a coconut with an umbrella and a straw. . .

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So there you go - the best laid plans and all that.  I have next steps planned - grinding, bevelling and firepolishing for the squares and rectangles, and nipping off corners for circles and ovals - but they're not top of the list - I've kind of run out of momentum for framed pendants at the moment!  Hopefully these posts have given you an insight into the journey from an idea to a finished product, and how important it is to go with the flow when things don't turn out the way you planned!  

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