Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

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Washed in from the sea?

 

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Red coral wall piece, this fused glass artwork of transparent reds with black accents looks like it washed up on the beach. The flat bowl shape stands just off the wall so that ambient light makes it glow from behind. It would shimmer with an added halogen fixture.

This piece was commissioned to hang in a home here in Costa Rica.

 

Fusing with Frit

 

rpp57-58-purple-chip-and-salsaI’ve been working on a new series of chipbowls and salsa dishes, using window glass which is (usually, almost) free around here, left over at construction sites – Thank-you, Kristina.

People have been curious about the process so here is what I do.   I like the philosophy of recycling glass but the material is not as forgiving as System 96 glass which is made specifically for fusing.  The learning curve has been steep.

1-mixingAfter cutting the ¼” thick glass to the size I want, I mix up a paste of glass frit powder with an organic fusible gel.

The paste is spread across the glass and left to air dry in the sun.

3-drawingThen, with a soft pencil, I draw a design on the dry glass powder.

4-cuttingThe design is carved away with a drummel tool.

6 fill spaces.JPGThe negative spaces are then refilled with a different color of glass powder.

7 ready to fuse.JPGWhen the design is complete, the piece is fired at full fuse (1535F for float glass).

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rpp53-yellow-orange-powder-dishAll in all, it takes me nearly a week to finish a piece.

I’ve also been using fusible System 96 glass as well, which is more expensive but produces more consistent results.

Black and Copper Platter Sold

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This 14″ black glass platter sold at the Friday market in Samara recently.  Made up of glass, copper inserts, and high temperature paint, it’s on it’s way to a home in nearby Punta Islita.  I didn’t get the buyer’s name, from Albany, Oregon, but I thank you for your support .

 

Christmas Tree Ornaments

 

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Simple wreath

I’m running late this year but I’ve just finished some new Christmas Tree Ornaments.

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Wreath with Bow

The wreaths are about 3 1/2″ diameter.

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Snowflake

The snowflake is 4 1/4″ diameter.

All ornaments are $10.00 each.  I’m taking orders now for delivery on Monday 12th in central Samara.  Email or call me.

 

New Glass Paintings

New England Lighthouse

New England Lighthouse

 

 

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Starry Night

 

 

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Samara Bay with Barco

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Here’s a photo by Alex Alvarado of a morning on Samara Beach

 

 

 

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And my interpretation in glass – Samara beach Morning

Seven new pieces

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     I’ve been having a lot of fun recently making these wire-wrapped pendants.

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I’ve enhanced them with beaded ropes.

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I recently selected a few for gifts for the girls and women in my family.  When I laid them out on the table so each one could choose her favorite, my 16 year-old grandson swooped in, made his own selection, and wore his pendant the rest of the weekend.  So, you see, these designs are unisex.

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These earrings are using a new technique with a new material.  I hope you like them.

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All of this jewelry is for sale at Samara Organics at the Natural Center.

 

Just in

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Gecko Glass just received a shipment of fusible sheet glass, System 96.  Lots of great colors.  Drop by the studio for a class.  New colors to express yourself.

Enhancements

a- j6 blue heart  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of wire-wrapping over glass “puddles”.

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When I make mistakes in fused glass pieces, I break them up and re-fire them into “puddles”.

Tree of life pendant Sometimes, I use these puddles in other fused glass pieces – see if you can find some in my portfolio – but often, I turn them into jewelry.

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Lately, I’ve been wire-wrapping them as earrings and pendants.

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I started with the “Tree of Life” – I love this simple motif – and then branched out into some more abstract designs.  a- j7 j8 j9

My friend, Connie – she is great with beads and beading – helped me enhance these pendants with beaded ropes for necklaces.

Tree of life pendantSome of these pendants will be shown in Samara Organics soon.

Bottle Boxes

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So, you’ve been wondering what I do with all the wine and beer bottles

that you’ve been saving for me.

Here is my first run of bottle Boxes; good for trinkets, earrings, salt, votives,

or Grampa’s ashes.

Each box is made from two bottles, the lid is decorated and fired to fit over the cut bottle.

These Jam Jars will be for sale at Samara Organics.

New Website

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Gecko Glass

Gecko Glass has gone live with a new website at http://geckoglassart.com.  Check it out for new work, classes info, and portfolio.  You can still follow my blog for news and events by clicking in the right hand column here.