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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Coasting into Summer

Wine coaster using GM36
Wine coaster using GM36
For the past few summers I've done a wonderful outdoor art show called Art on the Lawn. This spring I worked steadily to create new items using some of the latest techniques I've been experimenting with. This, along with a commission piece, has kept me busy.

As I loaded up the kiln for the final slump firing to finish the commission piece, I also fired a few other pieces that I've been meaning to slump. Included in the load was this great little wine coaster, using Creative Paradise's GM36 Retro Plate mold. The center circle is the perfect size for a bottle of wine, and the finish piece sits firmly on the table (no coldworking required!). The firing schedule for this load was:

1
150
1100
40
2
300
1225
15
3
1500
950
120
4
100
700
00

The schedule is for System 96 glass, and it was fairly conservative because of the thicker commission piece. However, it worked well for this wine coaster, too.
Finished fused glass piece and GM36 fusing mold
Finished fused glass piece and GM36 fusing mold

Now that the work is done it's time to sit back and coast into summer!

Cheers!

Dana


Resources: 

Creative Paradise web site: http://www.creativeparadiseglass.com/

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