Paper Crafting Meets Glass Fusing!

What?? Paper craft and Fused Glass? How does that work?? Doesn’t the paper burn up? How do you get your stamped image to stay on the glass?

I have been fusing glass for about a year now and it started with wanting to make glass koi fish for my son’s pond bathroom (see the finished bathroom here https://hydeparkhill.com/2016/10/12/pottery-adventures-part-2/ ) it was a pottery and glass adventure! Now I am making glass dishes and glass ornaments, glass pendants, and glass this and that and the more I do, the more I want to combine it with my paper crafting skills so here are some of my pieces. 🙂  Check out my hydeparkhill.etsy.com shop! (link on the side bar)

Supplies I used: System 96 Icicle Clear fusing glass 12″ x 6″ piece cut in half, glass slumping mold (I used one from Delphi Glass called “Sweet Treat” it’s a 7 x 7 mold), Papyros glass fusing fiber paper, mold release spray, white high temperature enamel, snowflake stamps and die from the Snow Kissed Collection from Heartfelt Creations, die cutting machine, glass kiln.

Directions: Cut a piece of glass fusing fiber paper with the large snowflake die. Putting a piece of wax paper between the fiber paper and the die will help the fiber paper to come out easier. Fiber paper is more fragile than regular paper and you don’t want it to rip. Follow the directions for mixing the enamel to stamp. (There is a good video about glass stamping on  Slumpys.com) Using a brayer, apply the sticky enamel to the stamp, be careful not to put too much on and stamp the top piece of glass with random snowflakes, leaving the space in the middle of the glass blank. On your kiln shelf layer a 7″ x 7″ piece of fiber paper, then the snowflake cut from fiber paper, next the blank piece of glass, the stamped piece of glass and put it into your glass kiln. Set for a full fuse. If you need a fusing schedule, please leave a comment and I will be happy to share mine with you. After it is fully fused, leave the die cut in the bottom of the glass, place the fully fused piece on top of your slump mold. Fuse to a slump temperature. When your kiln is below 100 degrees take it out and enjoy! The snowflakes are now a permanent part of the glass and will not wash off.

Below are some other versions I made with different dies! I think the results are stunning! The creative aspect of possibilities is absolutely endless. The bottom picture shows the gentle slope of the dish. Perfect for dessert, appetizers, a hostess gift, candy, endless possibilities!  Enjoy!

Have a beautiful creative day!

Eileen

 

 

Pieces of My Heart

Hello everyone!

Today I have a mixed media piece to share with you! This piece was created with ceramic stoneware clay, watercolor paper, ink, adhesive, pearl faux bling, and is mounted on a 1 3/4″ thick piece of cedar board.

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The process to make this piece was a bit long, but worth it! First, I slab rolled a piece of B-mix clay and put it on a dry wall board. Next, I took my hand drawn heart pattern and put it on the clay and traced it, then  pressed in letters, stamps and foam letters into the heart to make the words. Carefully, I cut it into pieces, but left it on the board and didn’t pick the pieces up. I let it dry in a wet room for a few days with a dry wall board on top of it. I took it out of the wet room and cleaned up all the pieces and continued to let it slowly dry for another week. All the pieces with words were carefully under glazed with dark grey and then all of it was bisque fired to cone 05. After the bisque fire, the cross was glazed with Temmoku (Amaco Potter’s Choice), the word pieces were clear glazed and it was all fired to cone 5. I used E6000 adhesive to glue my heart to the cedar board.

All the flowers were made from 140# cold press watercolor paper. I used Spellbinders Rose Creations die and rose leaf die and Heartfelt Creations classic leaves with matching stamp, and a Cheery Lynn flourish.  All the flower layers were spritzed with water and then sponged with “picked raspberry”, “antique linen”, and  edged with “vintage photo” Distress Ink. They were shaped while they were wet with a bone folder and stylus tool and allowed to dry before assembling into flowers. Vellum stamens were made using a McGill paper punch, faux pearls were added to the centers of each flower. The Spellbinders leaves were die cut, the Heartfelt Creations leaves were stamped onto the watercolor paper then die cut and inked with “peeled paint, mowed lawn and forest moss” Distress Ink. I used hot glue to glue all the flowers together and to glue the pieces to the cedar board. I did a “dry run” to figure out where I wanted everything before I started gluing.

This project is based on: Philippians 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” I wanted to express how the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to complete us. First beginning at the center of our hearts, with the two things Jesus said were the most important: A relationship with God-Love God and a relationship with others -Love Others. They are connected and possible because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. All the other character qualities coming from our hearts and lived out in our lives are a result of the Holy Spirit working to complete us.

I did this project for an art show at RiverGlen Christian Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Here are some more photos of this project!

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Have a beautiful day!

Eileen