When I was at the store, I spotted this glass and had one of those ‘not sure what I will do with this but I must have it’ moments. Got home, unwrapped everything, and loved this glass so much I had to use it ... but what to do with it?
Normally, the melted edge of glass is cut away and tossed. As I was preparing to cut it away, the ‘wave’ jumped out at me! ATC idea! Lol
Cut the base, using a section of the glass that had a very cool line of white that looked like a horizon. Cut the ‘wave’ from the melted area, same width but shorter. Cut the pier piling from some mottled brownish glass. Since I wanted the pier piling behind the wave, I needed to add some space between the two pieces of glass. I did this by cutting 3 narrow strips of the blue glass and gluing them onto the base piece, and when dry, unto the wave piece of glass. I now had a ‘pocket’ for the pier piling. Tip – make sure the ‘pocket’ has enough room for the pier piling to slide into – that your spacers are thick enough. Copper foiled the bottom 3 pieces with one wide piece of foil, then using narrower copper foil, I did the top area of the base. Soldered and cleaned. Copper foiled and soldered the pier piling. After cleaning, using Weldbond, I positioned the pier piling in my ‘pocket’ and glued.
Using tinned copper wire, I twisted it, added beads, and then soldered it to the edges. Tip – the heat travels the wire so work quickly, holding the wire in place with a horseshoe nail. Also be cautious that your soldering iron is not too close to your beads or they may melt! Flattening the very tip of the wire with a pliers helps when holding this down to solder. Clean well, dry with a Gleen cloth, and let dry upside down for a day or more.
Using Canson paper, I cut and pieced the seagull and teeny sailboat. Adhered the gull to the pier piling using Weldbond and the sailboat on the horizon, curling and popping the larger sail. I kept wanting to add something to the bottom right corner and finally asked DH what he thought. He thought it would ruin the serenity. So I stopped myself.
So much fun!
Date: Friday, August 2, 2013 GMT Views: 963
Registered: June 5, 2008 Location: Salt Lake City, UT Posts: 8268
Mon, Aug 05, 2013 @ 7:09 AM
DH is right, there is plenty going on here in the glass. I like that you took the time to find the right part of the glass to use and I love your clever use of the "waste" for the wave. Your seagull is amazingly detailed. Does time just disappear when you are making something intricate like this? Do you just fall in to the piece and don't notice that it is taking forever? Stunning!
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