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Monday, February 18, 2013

2013 Magless Exchange - Stained Glass Look

Finished "stained glass" magless
For the second year in a row I decided to participate in the Warm Glass forum's annual magless exchange. A "magless" is piece the size of a small magnet, but without the magnet itself. I like to use the exchange as an opportunity to try out an idea I haven't tried yet, and it's also a little like Christmas to open a box full of maglesses from the other participants at the conclusion of the exchange.

I love the depth and interest that is created when opaque and transparent glasses are used together. With this year's magless, I was hoping to create a stained glass look. The idea was to use black opaque glass to frame colorful transparent pieces. 

I created a pattern bar using 1 1/4" x 9 7/8" strips of opaque black for the four sides and for spacers between the transparent layers. Each transparent square consisted of two 3/8" x 9 7/8" stacked strips. I left 6 mm spaces of no glass to allow the black glass to flow between the layers.

Here's the layup of the glass. I've drawn colored rectangles around the transparent layers to help illustrate:

Unfired pattern bar with black &
transparent glass
During construction, I used kiln posts to support the glass and a few drops of unscented, non-aerosol hairspray to help hold the stacked strips in place.
Kiln posts supported the glass
during construction


I needed 48 maglesses, so I created three glass stacks. In the kiln, the stacks were placed side-by-side, separated with fiber paper, and supported with glass dams and kiln furniture.

Pattern bars ready for first fuse







Here is the firing schedule for the pattern bar slabs:

Seg
Rate
Target
Soak
1
500
1100
15
2
500
1475
30
3
1500
950
60
4
100
750
00

After the slabs were fused, I marked them every 1/2" with silver marker and smeared the marks with a little petroleum jelly to keep them from washing off during cutting.

Marked & ready for cutting

After the pieces were cut, I cleaned them up with a grinder, washed thoroughly, and then fired a second time. For the second firing, I used a schedule similar to the first:

Seg
Rate
Target
Soak
1
500
1100
15
2
500
1475
20
3
1500
950
30
4
100
750
00

I really like the stained glass look achieved with this glass layup. I can see fusing multiple cut "chunks" together for a vase or wall sconce -- something that allows light to shine though and show off the transparent colors. I still have one slab waiting to be cut up (the three above were my second run -- I did a first run with only one pattern bar to prove the layout). Who knows what it might end up as!

Dana

See this blog post for last year's magless!


8 comments:

  1. Nicely done. I like the look. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. You're welcome. Thanks for the compliment!

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    1. Thanks for sharing Dana. Having never made any pattern bars yet,I appreciated you sharing the construction method. I have been drawing up various designs but hadn't considered leaving voids in the lay up.
      many thanks
      wheels: Melbourne Australia

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    2. You're welcome. I hope the information was useful. I really like the flow of glass that occurs when you leave space.

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  3. Dana, I thought yours were one of the most compelling designs I received! They were set aside in my 'WTF?" pile until I read the how-tos. While I had pretty much figured out what you did, I didn't allow for the empty spots. I'm definitely going to try some experiments along these lines. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  4. Thanks, Valerie. I'll be interested to see what you create!

    Yeah, I was worried people would think, "great, Dana can make black blobs". :)

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  5. This was awesome! I'm signed up for this year's magless exchange, and found your post while googling the topic. I'm such a newbie to glass that I'm afraid everyone will think my magless is dull/boring/basic, but I'm SO excited to be participating and looking forward to getting that package in March or April with everyone else's. :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Good for you for doing the exchange! It is very exciting to open the "box" when it arrives. I'm sure your entry will be fantastic!

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