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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Harvest Moon - Repurposing a Fused Glass Texture Tile

Harvest Moon Fused Glass Tile
Harvest Moon Fused Glass Tile
Sometimes, things happens. A mold gets dropped, an edge gets knocked against a hard surface, stress occurs during a firing, or a mold arrives broken in shipment. Before you give up and toss out a broken mold or texture tile, think about other ways you can use the pieces that remain.

Recently one of my texture molds that is used for making coasters had a little mishap. As I looked at the broken pieces wondering what to do with them, the half circle reminded me of a moon. I decided to create a moon and mountain scene -- below are the steps I followed.

Broken texture tile
Broken texture tile

Tutorial

The broken mold was a GM137 Weave Texture coaster mold from Creative Paradise (link below). First, I kiln-washed the largest remaining piece. There was still a lot of tile left to work with, though it certainly couldn't be used for its original purpose!

Next, I cut pieces of 1/8" fiber paper into the shape of mountains. On one of my recent walks, I picked up some nice grasses and they had been drying on my workbench. I arranged these on top of the mold and fiber paper until I had a layout that I thought looked pleasing. Once I was happy with the layout, I removed the grasses, held them over a piece of paper, sprayed them with hairspray, and dusted them with a chestnut brown fine frit.

Designing the layout
Designing the layout
 
Frit coated grasses
Frit coated grasses













I chose a System 96 Wissmach Luminescent glass in transparent honey.Wissmach's Luminescent glasses are excellent for kiln-carving and texture tile applications. Their coating is typically more vibrant than many of the iridescent glasses, they intensify when fired coating-side down, and are generally less expensive than irids. While not suitable for all applications (i.e., the luminescence basically disappears when capped), this is the kind of application where the glass shines (pun intended!). Here is the layup going into the kiln:

  1. two "mountain ranges" cut from fiber paper, one placed on top of the other to create dimension, and placed on top of the mold
  2. grass on top of the fiber paper (grass, frit-side towards glass)
  3. single layer of honey, coating side down
  4. topped with a layer of Spectrum System 96 clear
Layup, going into the kiln
Layup, going into the kiln

I fired this piece in a kiln with several other pieces of glass, using one of my "go-to" firing schedules:

Segment
Rate
Temp
Hold
1
300
1100
30
2
50
1250
60
3
300
1460
15
4
1500
950
90
5
100
700
00

Wissmach Luminescent -  Harvest Moon Fused Glass tile
Wissmach Luminescent -
Harvest Moon Fused Glass tile
As you can see from the photos to the right and at the top of this page, the fired piece has a lot of beautiful color from the Wissmach glass, and I think the project is a great way to repurpose a broken texture tile.

This piece is approx. 6.5 inches square. For photographing I have this piece in a metal stand, but I plan to fabricate a base for it.

I hope this project sparks some ideas for how you may be able to salvage a broken mold, and also inspires you to check out Wissmach's Luminescent glasses!

Happy fusing,

Dana

Resources:

Creative Paradise's web site: http://www.creativeparadiseglass.com/
Mold: GM137

Wissmach System 96 Glass: http://wissmachglass.com/wissmach96.html
Wissmach Glass can be found at all your favorite glass suppliers!
 
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12 comments:

  1. love it, many thanks for sharing

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  2. Great idea, and very informative tutorial, Thanks for sharing☺

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  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Love the fact that this technique could also be used on an intact mold, increasing that molds versatility.

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    1. I was going to put a comment in the blog post that it could also be used on an unbroken mold, but I forgot! :)

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  4. Thanks again for sharing your "finds" of broken molds at home!

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    1. You're welcome! (hopefully I don't have too many more broken ones ;))

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  5. Thanks so much for the inspiration, very pretty.

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  6. This is beautiful, Thanks for the info!

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  7. Gosh that is really stunning glass and you did it justice with the dried grass!

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