Blue bride in India, a very special order
When she saw this piece she loved it, well almost all of it. So she decided to design her own bespoke present to give the bride on her wedding day. It makes me happy to be able to create something special for such an occasion! She wanted two strips of iridized clear glass and no white strip.
I determine which side is the iridized side by scratching it gently with my fingernail (gel nails don’t allow you to do this I discovered once in a class recently). The iridized side fired up gives a highly coloured finish but also a crinkly uneven surface, like a sun dried tomato skin…I don’t like the texture much. If you fire iridized side down it gives you slightly less of the sparkling iridized coloured effect, but it maintains the glossy surface that’s in keeping with the rest of the piece.
Then I lay down the prepared strips of clear glass with white stringers, that I usually make for my works called River Marne together with two separate stringers.
(I prepare these strips by laying clear glass on graph paper and gluing white stringers on the top. The glass is then tack fused and cut into 2cm strips.)
(It is fortunate that not all items used to make glass art are terribly expensive.) Here’s the piece as it went into the kiln.
and after a full fuse, which takes the glass up to a top temperature of 766 degrees C and then slumped into a ceramic mold at only 600 degrees C. Here it is
It is usually difficult to photograph iridized glass, here are some other photos of the work before it went off to India to be given to a lovely bride as her wedding gift from a close friend.
For more of my glass please email me. This design is called BLUE BRIDE IN INDIA.