This morning on my iPad the banner floated by that said:
Happy Birthday Mozart
Celebrate with this station of the composer’s greats
Concerned that I missed Mozart’s birthday, (it did not come up on my Facebook page) I looked it up. Mozart was born January 27, 1756. So, I missed it by a little (I am writing this on Feb 1st) so I will celebrate now. First, I am listening to his music right now. Second, I am posting this piece of stained glass art.
This is called Musicali Tree by Carol Korfin in San Diego, CA
When I took this picture it was on display at the fallbrook art Center
I stumbled upon a website that listed some art rules. They really were for painting, but they sure could be adapted to any area of art including glass art. The name of the site is www.thoughtco.com.
- RULE OF THIRDS
Divide your surface into thirds and place your focus either one-third across or one-third up or down. Where the lines intersect.
To see the difference, look at the lions. The one on the left your eye is drawn into the center and you tend to ignore the rest. On the right example, where the lion’s face is using the rules of thirds your eye is drawn to the lion face and around the painting following the curve of the body.
2. RULE OF ODDS
When designing you should first decide how many elements will be in the piece. One way to make the piece more dynamic is have odd numbers. Having an odd number does not allow your brain to pair and group which keeps your eyes moving. In the top picture below your eye/brain pairs up the tress but in the lower examples it shows a more dynamic picture.
Info from Double Helix
The Reducing Sequence:
Work in a neutral flame
Cool until the glow is gone
Create a reduction flame by reducing the oxygen, increasing the propane, or both
Gently reheat in the reduction flame
Experiment with the length of the reduction time and/or repeating the sequence to create different effects.
An oxidizing flame can be used to “erase” some of the reduction effects.
This info is all from the Pantone website
We have created eight different color palettes that feature PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet to help you bring this year’s special shade into your designs. All color bases are covered; brights, deeper hues, pastels, mid-tones, and metallics. With Ultra Violet as a versatile trans-seasonal and gender-neutral anchor in every palette, each of the eight palettes conveys its own distinctive feeling and mood and can easily cross-over fashion and accessories, beauty, home interiors, and graphic design applications.
To further inspire your creative juices, within each of these eight color stories we have also included three suggested color harmonies. The color harmonies provide you with examples of how individual colors in the palette can be mixed together and in what proportion or measure. The uniquely developed color bars which make up the color harmony accompany each highlighted color story.
We also strongly encourage you to explore each of these eight palettes on your own. Create your own combinations. Develop your own individualized color mixes. Imagine and invent. Experiment and express. And most importantly, have fun. There has never been a better time to be original and leave your very own colorful mark on the world.
PURPLE HAZE COLOR HARMONIES
Embodying calmness, a palette of hazy and smoky hues effortlessly commingle to create subtle blends and harmonies that are both timeless and time-honored.
KINDRED SPIRITS COLOR HARMONIES
Sitting side by side on the color wheel, this palette of like-minded hues with their spirited good humor and playful exuberance makes for easy and engaging color mixes.
DRAMA QUEEN COLOR HARMONIES
An unusual combination of show-stopping saturated color with rich and elegant earth tones creates an adventurous mood full of excitement and drama.
INTRIGUE COLOR HARMONIES
Invoking a sense of mystery, a palette of nature’s blues and greens, combined with the unconventional Ultra Violet and a Silver and Pale Gold metallic, exudes a quiet strength.
QUIETUDE COLOR HARMONIES
Soft and warm, a subtle palette of natural and organic shades accented by a Frosted Almond metallic evokes reassurance and conveys a sense of calm and quiet.
ATTITUDE COLOR HARMONIES
Exploding with zest and energy, this palette of pure, unadulterated color which screams “look at me” comes together to create a bold statement with feelings of excitement and high voltage effects.
DESERT SUNSET COLOR HARMONIES
Emulating a desert sunset, this is a dramatic palette of brilliantly heightened warm shades that radiate resplendently across the early evening sky.
FLORAL FANTASIES COLOR HARMONIES
Inspired by the colors we see in our surroundings, a combination of soft and sweet pastels with an enchanting Ultra Violet and a deep, dark navy Astral Aura conjures up a summer garden in full bloom.
Pantone (the folks who assign color #s to paint among other things) has announced that the 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet.
How beautiful is that!!!
This is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the pantone color institute says about the choice.
“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-383 Ultra Violet, a blue based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”
Look to next weeks blog to see how to combine the color of the year with other colors.
Here are some violets from our stock!
Spectrum Deep Violet with Pale Purple Streaks Cathedral Waterglass
Blue and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass
Purple and Violet Van Gogh Metallic Finish Glass
Bullseye Deep Royal Purple Fusible Glass 90 COE
Spectrum Grape Opal Waterglass SilverCoat Mirror
Spectrum Violet Cathedral Fusible 96 COE
Cleaning is always major. This tip is from Profusion Glass one of the manufacturers of Dichroic glass that we stock.
Their tip is to wipe the glass with a 50/50 solution of pure ammonia and distilled water followed by a wipe down with denatured alcohol.
There are other products out there also. Our preference in our studio is The Solution Flux Solution Flux Remover. It is a concentrate, so it goes a long way.
Probably right up there with a favorite with our customers and staff is Kwik clean. It does a good job and is very convenient because of the spray bottle.
The May/June 2017 Glass Art Magazine has a great article called Ending Bubble Trouble. It was written by Paul Turlow.
I am going to do just a little summary here, but if you are interested in the complete article, you can go to www.glassartmagazine.com and buy the issue.
Causes of trapped air:
- This is a very common one. Something goes wrong with your shelf. It might be warped or get a gouge in it. It is difficult to sand out gouges but maybe. If warped you might be able to flip it over. A down warp won’t create bubbles. An up warp will.
- Design elements on the bottom that can trap air.
- Design elements that create extra weight on the edge. Since glass heats up and sags under it’s own weight this can caused trapped air.
- Large Projects. The wider the project the farther the air has to travel to escape. To prevent you can provide a path for the air to escape. You can do with fibre paper. The porous helps. There is a lot in the article about this. Also if you are using side heat you can baffle the heat with kiln furniture. The method we use is the “bubble squeeze firing schedule to allow the air to escape.
Another prevention is not going hotter than you need to.
Then there are the time when you just love the trapped air!
Stained Glass Express carries a long of snow globes called Cool Snow Globes. We just love them. Check them out on our website.
They just wrote a little news about relaxing in December, but I think there is a reason to relax all the time. This is their advice:
Take a minute—sit with snow globe. Don’t shake it!!!!
Simply turn it over gently, then turn it back.
Stay still ‘til the snow settles, and imagine you have just been somewhere else for those few moments.
Enjoy the peace and quiet.
Enjoy the season.
Enjoy whatever is coming up in your life
We often get the question which way to do. Buy a less expensive soldering iron and put it on a temperature controller or go with a more expensive iron that has the temperature control already there?
One thing to know that the built-in temperature controller is like a thermostat. There is a probe up near the tip monitoring the temperature and doing its best to keep the tip at the temperature you have it set up.
The separate add on controller are controlling the amount of electricity going to your iron. It is called a rheostat. It is like a dimmer switch. It will not give you even heat. It will stop your iron from spitting flux at you and burning up from overheating all the time.
So here are some things to consider.
How much more are you paying once you add the controller and the iron together compared to the iron with the built-in controller?
How much are you willing to invest at this point in you craft?
You might have been using an iron with a separate controller in a class. How did that work for you?
As you get better at soldering and go faster your iron will cool down quicker. An iron with a separate controller might start to annoy you at that point.
I was recently in England and noted that most pubs have two things in common. One is that they have incredible window boxes just overflowing with an explosion of color. It left us inspired to plant flowers!
The other thing that many of the pubs have is Bullseye glass in the windows. They are called many things. Rondels, Bullseye, Poor Mans glass, Crown Glass, bottle glass.
It is often formed by getting a glob on the end of pipe and blow until the molten glass forms a bubble. It is then spun until a flattened into a disk. The disk is cut into the shape wanted. The “bullseye” or “crown” is where the pipe was originally attached. Sometimes they were placed randomly in the panes or windows and sometimes in a decorative pattern.
Then there are some windows made from the bottoms of bottles.
This is one of those. I expect they were cut and then melted. Quite beautiful!