Saturday, May 14, 2011

Phoenix Mirror Piece

So here it is, the piece I made in my first stained glass class! It's not stained glass, but hey, same techniques :) I added some loops at the tail, planning on hanging beads there, but nothing I tried out looked good. Plain looks fine, right?
It looks a little... I'll say rustic. While grinding the glass, a lot of mirror edges became scratched and ceased to be mirror. Then the patina (the chemical that turns the silver-colored solder copper-colored) reacted strangely with some more mirror edges and again, made them into non-mirrors. Ah well, I like how it looks anyway.

The process was simpler than I had expected. You cut out all of the glass pieces using a pattern, grind them on a grinder to perfect the shape, copper tape the edges, solder it all together, and finish with patina. I'm pretty stoked about having learned this new skill! I've already got some ideas brewing to make some pieces with agate slices...

Also, (here comes the obligatory apology for not blogging enough that I MUST give or else I won't feel better!) Sorry I haven't blogged in a bit. I've been busy, and mostly working on swap projects that I can't share yet. Anyway, I hope you're all having a great weekend!
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3 comments:

LimeRiot said...

Very cool! I like the rustic look :). I can't wait to see more stained glass projects from you. I bet that class was really fun.

AlwaysInspired said...

It looks great! I love the "rustic" look of it. Isn't stained glass fun! I just wish I could afford the grinder and sheets of glass so I could do it more often.

Leeanne said...

OH I love your blog, it is soo interesting to read. You've really inspired me with your quilt. I love it. I may even drag out my sewing machine and get creative.
Someone shared your blog on fb, that's how I found you.