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October 6th, 2006
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Glass fusing again?
I'm going to start back into some glass artworking, I think. I like my cartoony art and will continue that as well, but recent printer woes and sales difficulties have left my brain casting around elsewhere, creatively speaking.

So, fused glass jewelry again. I have a big sheet of leftover dichroic glass from ages ago, and the kilns, many supplies, etc. It won't take much money to be fully equipped again.

I've been pondering glass etching, particularly. Apply a resist, and the acid eats off the dichroic coating everywhere else. Remove the resist and voila, I have neato hand-drawn metallic lines on clear or black glass.

I'm thinking I could use that technique to make a double layer pendant with a glowy orange fish on the bottom layer, and watery squiggles or swirls on the top layer. Or circular ripples as if the fish came up for air. Something like that.

I can also do custom one of a kind hand-etched patterns on the glass sheets and either use them myself, or eBay them as raw material to other glass artists. I imagine some artists might like a sheet of hand-drawn zigzags or spirals or whatever. You can buy dichroic patterns prefab, of course, but that's so much less organic.

A lot of folks out there are still fans of my old wire bugs. The blades were cool but far too risky. Plain wire wings were boring, so I stopped... but, if this high-temp wire works out, maybe I'll make a wire dragonfly with fused iridescent/dichroic wings. I can't promise anything, but it's one of many possibilities.

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Date:October 7th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
Ooooooooooo. I have to say I'm highly excited at the thought of a dragonfly with shiny wings. Shiiiiinyyyyy.
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Date:October 8th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Wowza, the wire bugs using the blades as wings are fantastic - risky yes, but I just spent a long time admiring them! Faboo!

The fish pendant idea sounds great - looking fwd to see how what you come up w/ using the dichrioc glass and doing glass etching.

And I still smile when I see your cartoon art - the smiling cats always give me a lift, love the big smiles and big teeth. ;-)
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Date:October 9th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
I like the idea. I love the wire bugs. I hope you will continue the cats.
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