Hot out of the kiln this morning! The second in my Birthstone Series: Sapphire and Moonstone for September. It measures approx. 8 1/2 diameter by 2 1/4 deep and features iridized glass in both sapphire and clear as well a sprinkling of dichroic on top. An alternate shot appears at the bottom of the post:
As usual, for my kindred, Cube’ster spirits interested in how things work I present a sketch of the process. Being quite literally unable to let precious, gorgeous remnants go to waste, first comes the re-purposing of scrap glass:
Next the “gemstones” (technically referred to as “frit balls”) are formed in the kiln. It took several firings to get all the colors done that follow:
After which they are fused together to render this:
Then another round of firing in a mold to slump into the bowl shape:
I am grateful to always be genuinely surprised and delighted by these outcomes. Although this glass is System 96 (because that’s what I had on hand), I thank the folks at Bullseye for sharing this technique on their website (http://www.bullseyeglass.com/).