I just finished this fused glass plate which was an experiment in using glass powders. After watching the Working with Powders video on the Bullseye Glass website I wanted to try this.
A painting that I have in my kitchen served as the inspiration for the design. I cut a stencil out of poster board for the bird. Using the stencil, I placed it on a clear piece of glass. When I lifted the stencil, I blurred the edge of the design a bit. I used a paint brush to clean up the edges. I also used a small paint brush to manipulate some powder into the limb shape. I placed the clear glass with the powder design on top of a green piece of glass and fused it.
In general, I am happy with the results. Based on what I have learned though, I will be doing some tweaking on the next piece.
Here is what I learned:
- Use a sturdy stencil. It is important to be able to pick up the stencil without it bending. It has to support the weight of the excess glass on it.
- Be sure to carefully remove any excess glass powder. It will show up in the finished piece.
- Using a paint brush to manipulate the glass will not produce a crisp edge or sharp line. I should have used a razor blade or other flat tool to get a sharper edge.
Here is a close up of the bird that shows how the edge was blurred. I will definitely give this technique another try.