Saturday, 11 February 2012

What happened next!!!!

Well, here I am again. Its the wee hours of the morning and I have had a full day of kiln firing and setting the cabochons onto findings.

I managed to transport the very small pieces of glass to the studio without many falling over and apart. As you can see by the following pictures.








Then the task was to transfer them to the kiln tile. Not forgetting to add the 4 to 6 layers of kiln wash as I wouldn't want to damage my new tile as they are about 27 quid each. With this done, the tiny bits of glass was neatly placed on the tile ready for firing. As you can see, nicely lined up rows of glass awaiting the transformation to something beautiful. Dichroic cabochons, to attach to solid silver and silver plated findings.


With all that effort and enjoyment of two nights work and a full days work in the studio. The tile was placed in the kiln (extremely carefully) and the door closed. I pressed a few buttons on the program front and my wonderful new Paragon kiln started up and set going on a path to 800 degree centigrade.

Two hours later and the kiln had finished its alchemy and the tile with cabochons was sat on the desk cooling down its final few degrees.

The finished cabochons looked amazing, even though I say so myself. The beautiful Dichroic glass, even such small pieces had changed from skin cutting chunks of silicon to these beautifully round cabochons measuring about 1/8" in diameter. Just what I wanted. I think my partner Sue Simpson of Inspired by Script is getting a bit bored with me shouting "ow my god look how gorgeous these are" oooops sorry Sue. xxx

Here are the extremely small cabochons after the firing process and cooling down.




And this final picture shows a close up image of one of the smallest cabochons I think I have done so far.


I plan for my next post to be about setting the cabochons onto findings, rings and bracelets. Watch this space.

4 comments:

  1. These cabs are beautiful. I have to ask, how did they turn out round(ish)? I see your pre cut pieces are all squares, or at least have corners, but the end result are beautiful cabs. Did you cut your clear larger than the base colour, so it would flow around?

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  2. Hi Stephenie. Thank for the nice things you said about my creations. The glass is cut square, this case 1/8" square. It took flipping ages... The top clear glass is 4mm tekta to allow flow. A great piece of info is, glass always wants to be 6mm thick and round. So if your thickness is less than 6mm to start with it is unlikely to go round. Hope that helps.
    Steve

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  3. That was fascinating reading...and a magnificent result, I can understand your excitement and anticipation.

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  4. Thank you Pippa. And I still get excited when I make new designs. :o)

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