With many thanks to Laurie Spray (http://bonnydoonfusedglasstools.com/) I have learned something new. I hope my experience can help someone else struggling to get started. The results on my first attempt are just acceptable, not great. But, now I know what I need to change the next time, which will be when I get around to pulling out the saw to cut strips from my broken kiln shelf.
In my opinion, it’s just a tad too thick. The total weight used was 1345 grams of glass. I should have weighed the crucible first to know how much glass is left, but, there really isn’t all that much.
Next time I will try butting the edges of the thin fire (and backing the seam with a shot of MR97 just in case. Where the seam was, there is a significant dent that will need cold working, but that’s ok because the entire edge needs just a bit anyway.
The colors are too light. Next time I will omit the 580g of clear in favor of more color when transparents are used, and half the amount if all opalescent is used.
Thin fire paper (cut ¼” larger than mold)
12” stainless steel ring mold
10” bubble pot melt crucible
2 stainless steel strips (used here)
2 strips of cut up kiln shelf (will use next time in place of ss strips)
We will hold Fall Glass Class on the following Sundays:
November 2nd, 9th, 16th 2.00 – 5.00 pm
Space for up to 6 people per class. Please wear comfortable clothing with NO open-toed shoes (yes, there is glass in this class…).
Cost is $60 per person, this will include glass to make 1 glass dish (12″ x 12″ or smaller) and up to 3 small glass ornaments. For larger more elaborate pieces, glass will be charged additionally at cost.
Please send reservation requests to Mary either here on Facebook or to firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE – November 16th has 2 places left, November 2nd and 9th still have 5 places left.
A reminder that our last Glass Class for 2013 is scheduled for this Sunday, December 8th. We have 4 places available. Contact us via Facebook (see Rainpebbles Glass) or by sending an email to email@example.com.
We exhibited at UT Arlington yesterday. The fair was supposed to finish at 9pm. All afternoon we had been monitoring the progress of frontal rain and thunderstorms, moving South East slowly from the North and West. As the front moved South East, it was sucking in Gulf Air, a classical meteorological feature of the mid-West which in the Spring and Summer leads to unpleasant events like tornadoes. This time, we saw a steadily deepening line of red on the weather radar. I went for a drive to pick up some lighting bits and pieces at 7pm and saw lightning to the North and West, and an outflow cloud formation ahead of the storm moving slowly South over us. It was only a matter of time before the storm hit us, the main question being, would we make it to 9pm?
The decision was made for us at 7.45pm when the organizers declared an early close. We immediately began to tear down. Unlike many exhibitors, who have a modular rig with a smaller number of exhibits, our set up is more labor intensive, and we bring a lot more stock to an event. It takes us at least 1 hour to break down the whole rig. I wish we could go it quicker, we will look at that this Winter.
We set to work as fast as possible packing up. By 8.35 pm it was starting to rain, and we had a great light show above us. We left the E-Z Up fully configured and broke the displays down and put everything away. By this time, it was raining hard with gusty winds starting to pick up all around us. Normally, in a row of exhibitor tents, there is mutual wind protection, but once enough tents are broken down, that protection diminishes. More of that in a minute.
I set off to get the first car. When I arrived back at the exhibition area, Mary was trying to break down the tent, but then a gust of wind started to move it. We have 200 pounds of custom weights that we use to secure the corners of the tent, but once those are removed as the first part of the break-down, the tent is vulnerable to wind gusts. It took 4 people to hold it down and prevent it from going walkabout, while we loaded the car with the tables, exhibits, chairs and other paraphernalia. Then I moved the first car out of the way and set off to bring up the second car. By the time I got back to our pitch with the second car, it was bucketing down. We loaded remaining clutter into the second car, then, after I consulted the radar and determined that there was no let-up in the rain, we set (I think) a new record for collapsing an E-Z Up and loading it into a car trunk. It’s amazing how fast you can move when you are being rained on. By this time it was really raining hard (the red zone on the radar had hit us), so we set off out of the AT Arlington campus, driving carefully along suddenly-sodden roads. In Texas, a lot of people either fail to slow down or tiptoe along the road as if expecting imminent doom, we saw both behavioral pathologies on the way home.
We made it home, still wet. The cars are being unpacked on Sunday morning, with some stuff being put away for the Winter. Back to cyber-sales…
Rainpebbles is now into the Winter selling and crafting season. Remember that Christmas is just around the corner, and Rainpebbles objects make great Christmas gifts for all ages and budgets..visit the Etsy store for ideas. Also, we create custom glass objects, if you see something that you like but want it in a different color, just contact us to start a dailogue.
We have some interesting new ideas in the works for 2014. Keep in touch.
We still have vacancies in Fall Glass class as follows:
November 24th 2.00 – 5.00 pm Vacancies: 3
December 8th 2.00 – 5.00 pm Vacancies: 4
We can also do classes in the evening in the week by prior arrangement, for people who absolutely cannot get away on the weekend. The cost of Glass Class is $60 per person, which covers the education, glass enhancers (frit, stringers etc.) and two firing cycles. You can buy the glass for the pieces at cost from us, or buy it at Art Glass City in Lewisville (no, we are not getting a percentage…they sell the same specification glass that we use, which is essential for good results).
Please wear close-toed shoes at all Glass Classes. This is just in case a glass mishap occurs. At this time, we have not managed to invent glass that bounces on terra firma instead of breaking.
2 Weekends ago we exhibited at the South Street Arts Festival in Arlington. That was the first year of the festival. It was well-organized and we had an excellent position. Here is the view of out stand on the South side of the street on the Sunday:
Here is the latest collection of pendants on sale at South Street:
The only downside was that it rained very heavily for a while on Saturday afternoon from 2 until 5pm, which caused us a certain degree of amusement, as the back corner of our sales are became a location for the remake of “A River Runs Through It”…