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Bottle Club

FUSING GLASS BOTTLES OR “HIDING THE EVIDENCE”

Don’t you just hate to throw out those wine and liquor bottles?  They are quite nice with the graceful shapes and the beautiful colors.   Make them into fused art!

First (and most important) step is to clean them.  The labels and any glue must be completely removed to be sure that no residue is fused onto the glass.  Use very hot water with ½ cup baking soda and 1 tablespoon of dish soap.  Submerge them in the water and let them soak for 10 minutes then add 2 cups of white wine vinegar.  Roll your bottles around so the vinegar mixes in.  Let them soak until you can get the labels off.

Once the bottles are clean you have some options.  You can just lay it in the kiln and full fuse it.  This one just has a little decorative wiring and some etching.  You could add a decorative knife and have a nice little gift.

Another option is to use a bottle mold.  There are all types available.  See the full collection here.

There are textured molds.  The one above has a lovely Tree of Life motif.

Drop molds, such as the one above, make an interesting shape.

You also can use a textured flat mold, such as the one below, and then slump it into a bottle mold.

You may get devitrification with some bottles.  To prevent it, spay with a divit spray like Spray A.

 

 

No Bad Luck Here!

BROKEN MIRROR!!?

 

 

Don’t think of it as seven years bad luck, think of it as an opportunity to be creative.  If you are worried about the seven years of bad luck you can bury a piece in the garden and that will stop it. (so I have heard). Here are some ideas for broken mirrors, most of which I got from Fusing 101:  Any and Everything You Wanted to know but Were Afraid to Ask.

This from Jane Wimbury.  How sweet is that!

Another idea is to get Styrofoam balls and make garden balls.  Or use an old bowling ball:

Frame the irregular shapes for eclectic mirrors:

Just put it back together roughly for a high interest look.  Many of these ideas from dyi.

I can see this done with wine corks, as well!

Try  your own designs – Good Luck!

JUST FOR FUN MEANS “JUST FOR FUN”

A rewrite of the 2017 blog “AM I GOOD ENOUGH”

Right after the holiday season we start encouraging all of you to get your entry ready for the Just For Fun Contest.  We often hear, “I am just not good enough.”  I just want to say, “YES, YOU ARE!”

The variety of work and the different skill levels are what make the contest wonderful.  Each piece draws out comments of appreciation for something.  It might be choice of color, or choice or glass.  Some little quirky things someone might have done.  Some little creative touch.  It might be that someone just likes it.

NEVER, NEVER, have we heard— “that doesn’t belong—it is not good enough.”

 

The name “Just for Fun” may sound trite but we put a lot of thought into it.  We did not want the contest to have rules that we have to monitor, and we do not want to limit it in any way.  (we do limit size because we don’t want the ceiling to fall).  We just want it to be Fun.  You can enter to win or you can enter just for fun.

This contest is in celebration of National Stained-Glass Month.  In addition to seeing just an awesome collection of entries, you will get to come to Invite Night celebration.  You get to vote.  You get to enjoy refreshments.  You get a swag bag.  You get to shop the very best sale we have all year on different items that you see in the store all the time.  Thinks we found on sale, things we find on close outs, things suppliers offer us at special pricing.  We usually throw in some introductory products are introductory prices.  All in all it is just a great time.

Get your contest piece ready and help us celebrate National Stained Glass Month!

Color Of The Year!


One thing that I look forward to every year is Pantone announcing their Color of the Year.  The color will then be seen in store displays, on fashion runways, all kinds of product designs, interior decorating, social media and I like to relate it to glass.  I will be searching far and wide to bring you glass in this amazing color.

So far, I have found a Youghiogheny and it will be a stock number in January 2019.

The number is 057 stipple

If you would like to read all about picking the color and about the color, go to www.pantone.com.

 

This is from the site:
“Pantone Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature.  In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, the vivifying effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind.  Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”

Past colors of the year:

.. AND THE WINNERS ARE

Each year CBS (Coatings By Sandberg) sponsor a contest called “Dichroic by Design”

Here are this year’s winners!

First Place

Karen Pester “Noah’s Arc”

 

Second Place
Nathalie Strickland “Butterfly Fish” and “Hatching Turtles”

 

 

 

Third Place

Laura Dawson “Fish Totem”

There are also a few Honorable mentions, which are also wonderful.    If you want to see more, you can by following this link: CBS Contest and Winners

CHANGING THE WAY I THINK (AND SPEAK)

Shoplifting becomes a topic of conversation often in a retail store.  We think we have something in inventory because our computer data says we do, but when we are looking for it to fill a customer order we may find we do not have what we thought.  Most times this is because someone stole it!  Horrifying.  I often say, it is even more annoying because “I don’t sell anything that anyone needs.  They might want it, but they don’t need it”.  Of course, I am referring to that they are not stealing milk to feed the baby back home, or toast so the little one can have a sandwich or toast.

Even though not milk or bread, I have decided I will not say that anymore.  The longer I am in the art world, the more I think people do need art to complete their lives, to help them cope, to express themselves, to help them heal, to engage with other creative beings and as many other reasons as there are people.

Here are what some well-known folks have to say:

“Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.” ~ Florence Nightingale

“Art making has the ability to move people along their journey of grief and loss into a more balanced place of healing and hope. In the face of tragedy, the creative process can help re-calibrate a mourner’s life.” ~ The Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him… We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” ~ John F. Kennedy

 

The Emerald Green Healing Portal by Jaentra Green Gardener.  Jaentra has a series title “Healing Arts”.  To see more, click here: http://jaentragreengardener.com/gallery-of-stained-glass-windows/

I am convinced that art is needed but really does not need to be stolen!

WISTERIA!

 


INFO FROM THE MORSE MUSEUM

This lamp is not only incredibly beautiful and an amazing amount of work, it was turning point for the Tiffany Studios.  In 1902, there was an event in Turin, Italy called the Prima Esposizione, Internazionale d’Arte Decorative Moderna.  This event put an emphasis on the aesthetic renewal of everyday objects.  Tiffany Studios received a grand prize at this event.  One of the designs for the award was for the Wisteria Library Lamp.  Electricity was now available.  Before electricity, the lamp bases had to serve as containers for oil and limited the design.  This transformed a previously utilitarian device in an electrified sculpture.

Take a close look at the top of the lamp.  There is an intricate bronze vine working its way down the design of the lamp.  Just beautiful.  This shade was designed by Clara Driscoll, who was the supervisor in the Women’s Glass Cutting Department.  Follow this link to learn more about Clara Driscoll.  http://morsemuseum.org/louis-comfort-tiffany/tiffany-studios-designers.

Wisteria has more than 2,000 pieces which, of course, were hand cut.  The wisteria was a popular spring blooming vine in the 19th-century American gardens and loved by Louis Comfort Tiffany.  He planted them in abundance at his Long Island estate called Laurelton Hall.

IN THE BEGINNING—GLASS FACTS

1840s—window glass took a step forward from the cylinder method to experiment with cast and rolled glass.  This allowed larger sheets.

1800-1900s—John LaFarge and Louis C. Tiffany and glass chemist, Arthur Nash, were having success with color in glass.

1880s-1900—The Opalescent Age of Tiffany and LaFarge saw companies come and go.  Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company founded in 1888 and The Paul Wissmach Glass Company Inc. founded in 1904 were the only two that survived and are still in operation today.  Looking to repair an old piece of glass and need a match.  These two companies are where to start for your glass matching.

1920s saw the Great Depression come to be and the Opalescent Age begin to die.  This time also saw more of a need for better window glass and saw the development of the “continuous ribbon” production.

Continuous ribbon takes four separate processes and makes them a continuous flow.

  1. Mixing the raw materials.
  2. Melting
  3. Sheet forming
  4. Annealing

This creates increased production and more uniformity.

The continuous ribbon allowed for “float glass”.  The float method replaced the plate method and is the process used to crate the clear class you see in window glass today.  It is also the process that Spectrum Glass used.

1950s.  The Studio Art movement was gaining.  The legendary Harvey K. Littleton Studio of Toledo had students like Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, Fritz Dreisbach, Boyce Lundstrum, Dan Schwoerer, and more.  These artist did so much to share the American studio glass movement.

This type of work demanded more glass of consistent quality.  1851

 

Glass Pioneer, Dale Chihuly

Fritz Dreisbach, goblet

 

A THOUSAND CRANES

A THOUSAND CRANES

Info from Glass Art Magazine and Wikipedia

Japanese legend is that if you fold 1000 cranes you will be granted a wish by the gods.  The crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth so some believe that the 1000 origami paper cranes will bring you long life or recovery from illness or injury.  In Japan the cranes which are strung together are very popular as wedding themes.

GERM’S 1000 CRANES PROJECT

Jeremy Grant-Levine (aka Germ) in  2018 is glass blowing 1000 cranes.  Jeremy is being back by $92,000 Kickstarter campaign.  This project will take 250 pounds of glass and approximately two miles of wire, totaling $20,000 in materials.  When complete the work will on display at the Arch Enemy Arts gallery in Philadelphia.

Jeremy is based in Philadelphia and has been flameworking glass pipes for over 13 years.  He has exhibited at galleries in Philadelphia, Seattle, New York, Miami and Tel Aviv.