I managed to make some jewellery and a few plates and dishes when I was doing the evening class at Helston but it was a pain having to carry all my supplies with me every time and as it was only a two hour class it seemed by the time I set up it was time to come home. It was a beginners class and I was hungry to learn more. Here are some of the things I made during that time.
This looks really good but I will let you into a secret – the pattern is already in the glass and all I had to do was cut it and put a layer of clear below and voila! The patterned glass is called Decofloat and is compatible with float glass
This one is made from clear float glass with cathedral glass, which is mainly used in stained glass work, the colours are not as good as Bullseye, but it is much cheaper.
Above is made from Bullseye Glass, wonderful to work with, always comes out with nicely rounded edges and comes in an amazing range of colours, four times more expensive than float glass!
There were a few things that didn’t come back from the firing as I wanted. A very expensive Bullseye dish that got dropped and I tried to re-fire but it did not work
If you look closely on the plate to the right you can see the blue band of glass at the top should be on the edge more.
You may not see anything wrong with these pendants but some I have cut the top glass too big and some have shifted in transporting to the kiln. It is crucial to place items carefully in the kiln and make sure they are all lined up. Or glue them before. This was another problem in a two hour class, as there was not always the time for the glue to dry and as the kiln was in Frank`s garage, he had the problem of items moving in transit.
This would have been a fantastic plate in Spectrum 96 glass – Frank was not sure what went wrong, but knowing more about it now I think that if it was fired on the correct programme for this type of glass, maybe the kiln wash on the shelf was still damp and created a big bubble that burst. The bubble is too large for it to be trapped air.