Posts Tagged ‘peacock’

This is the finished peacock made with the fused bits from the other day. I’m pretty happy with it, but I wasn’t until I’d blacked it. I thought I’d hold off for a little and mull it over. After all, once done, it can’t be undone (at least, I don’t think so). In the silvered state it was so-so in the daylight, but began to look really bilious under artificial light, so the dread decision “to blackit, or not to blackit?” was easy in the end. I think I will still add a lead frame around it, but for now, it can hang in the kitchen as it is. A bigger one combining fused and leaded glass would look spectacular in a door, say. Maybe one day.


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A few months ago, back at the beginning of what we laughingly refer to as the summer, I started work on a project to make a peacock using a combination of tiffany copper foil work and fusing. Then I moved onto other things and forgot about it. But now the glass class at the local adult education center has started up again, and I like to go along, so I had to find something to do. I’ve made a couple of windows there, but I don’t have anything to do in lead at the moment, so this is where the peacock plan came from. Last night I decided it really was time to get on and do the fusing part of the project. The idea was to have all the feather strips, with dichroic and art glass decorations on them, tack fused together and inserted into the copper foiled part of the design. I had to back the strips with a layer of thin clear glass, or else they would have drawn apart instead of together. I kept the heat low, as I wanted there to be a lot of texture on the decoration. I also used my very beloved Bullseye steel grey opal glass for some of it. This is an amazing glass. Above around 1400° or when capped with clear glass, it becomes a sharp teal-turquoise, but at lower temperatures – assuming it’s uncovered – it gets a matte metallic pewter sheen. Judicious use of capping can give you both effects together, which is something I quite enjoy doing when making jewelry. It can be strange to fuse something and have the bright effect, and then slump it and have the matte effect appear. Jewelry-making I’d normally do at the higher temperature, so if I want the pewter effect I send the piece back in for a little fire-polish – or do I mean fire-tarnish in this case?

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