Thursday, October 31, 2013

Scrap Challenge - Progress Report

Well, it's been 1 month that I've been working on using up my excess glass (as well as stocking up for the holidays).  Here's what I've made so far:
  • Patterned glass to be cut up and used in future work.  Examples here and here.
  • Pattern glass that will be the base for wire wrapped Christmas tree ornaments.  I'll post the finished photo of these as I've added some red balls but still need to wire wrap these.
  • Snowflake ornaments

  • Frit casting with prior made frit  
  • Frit (for wreath ornaments, heart ornaments and clear dots)
  • Dots (for use in plates and votives).  I'll post the finished product later next month.

Here's what I learned:

  • I haven't made a dent in the amount of scrap glass I have.  I think I'll still be using up my scrap at the beginning of next year.  I guess it took me a while to accumulate this, so I shouldn't think it will be gone overnight.
  • Dots are a great way to use up scraps of already fused glass, especially if you have a tile saw.
  • And, the dots I made with the clear frit turned out to be round even in instances where the frit didn't seem round or even square.  
  • When making dots, it's a much easier clean up when using Papyros shelf paper rather than Thinfire.
I still have a long way to go.  However, I should be able to post the results of a lot of this work within the next month.  And, if you have any suggestions for what to do with excess glass, please let me know!!

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