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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).

pp28-yellow-blue-dragonfly-salsa-dishBefore molding the piece in a second or third kiln firing, the edges are hand sanded with 80 and 220 grit.

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.


Seven new pieces

wire wrapped glass pendants

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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.

 


Enhancements

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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.


Sold

 

 

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Thank-you to my good friend and patron (through all my careers), Lynne Alexander.DSCF3728

These two 7″ square plates are ready for shipment to Seattle.  Lynne says she’ll use them for candles.

 

 


Birds of Paradise

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Handmade fused glass samara costa rica

A new series – The Birds of Costa Rica.  (We have seen all of these from my house.)

Black-headed Trogon

Black-headed Trogon

Hoffmann's Woodpecker

Hoffmann’s Woodpecker

I “paint” with powdered glass and frit onto float glass.

Long-tailed Manakin - Toledo

Long-tailed Manakin – Toledo

Some I put on bottle glass.  Here is a Bombay Gin bottle, repurposed.

Great Kiskadee
Great Kiskadee
Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

You can buy these birds in their wooden display stands at Samara Organics, in Playa Samara – c15,000 ($30.00)


A New Year’s Eve wedding gift

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I was commissioned to make a wedding gift for Jim and Evelyn, who tied the knot on New Year’s Eve.  We shared a lovely evening and sent them into their new life together with an amazing fireworks display over the ocean.  I hope this 14″ platter will remind them.  Best wishes to a great couple.


Results are in

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Here are the light catchers we made last week in the kids’ class.

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If you’d like to schedule a kids’ class for a birthday party or special day, call or email for information.


Everybody knows how to draw.

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art education What is art education? Well, it’s not something that’s offered in the small country schools around Costa Rica (and maybe not so much in the school in your hometown).  But I think it’s something that’s important to growth as a human being.

Today, Gecko Glass hosted 6 primary students from Escuela Santo Domingo, just 4 kilometers up the road in the hills overlooking Playa Samara.  We made “light catchers” that I’ll fire in the kiln tonight.  A little discussion about what is glass fusion interested the teacher but went over most of the kids’ heads.

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We started by drawing some ideas on typing paper with colored pencils. The maestra was amazed at how calm and focused the students immediately became.

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“Huh? Give them a colored pencil and paper and they quiet right down. Who knew?” She was as excited as they were to be here. She says these kids, who live in the hills, never get to go anywhere or do anything interesting. She thinks it’s so important for them to explore and express themselves.

art educationI didn’t give the kids much instruction about drawing. I think everyone knows how to draw if given a chance, especially children.  They may not see exactly what you see but they can express an idea.  I like to see what they’ll come up without rules.

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They seemed content to just work the paper but, eventually, I got out the bowls of pre-fired glass chips. They loved the colors and shapes.

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They moved them around trying to match their drawings which were of course too big and impossible to reproduce. Quick adjustments were made without complaints.

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The glass pieces were fixed to the clear base sheets with white glue. Who doesn’t love glue?

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It took a little prodding to encourage them to explore more ideas. Dayron was “FINISHED” several times. But Sunlly kept adding to her perfect puppy until the composition was richer and more complex but still perfect.

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The maestra was thrilled about how the activity touched on so many topics and she was already working the different topics into future lesson plans. Science – melting glass. Geometry – shapes. Mathematics – celcius versus farenheit. Sociology – comportment in someone’s home and studio. English – goes without saying.  Even Geography – we have a compass on the bottom of our pool which fascinated them.

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I think she and the parents thought I was going to teach the kids how to draw. But, of course, they already know that. I don’t think I taught them a thing but they learned a great deal.

 


This class filled the kiln this time

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fused glass in samara costa rica

It was a big class this week, so we stuffed fused glass art into every corner of the kiln.  Two plates, two votive holders and two night lights.  A great family activity produced hand crafted vacation mementos.


New Jewelry Sets

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Fused glass earrings and bracelet set. (Clear and dichroic glass, glass beads and copper wire.)

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Sold separately at Samara Organics. (Fused aqua and dichroic glass, natural turquoise, glass beads and copper wire.)

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Fused glass earrings and 21″ necklace.  (Fused blue aventurine and dichroic glass, lapis chips, glass beads, and copper wire.)

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(Green aventurine and dichroic glass, glass beads, and copper wire.)

Earrings – 4,000 colones

Bracelet – 5,000 colones

Necklace – 7,000 colones


Bring it on

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Halloween costumes tucked away, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

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These 4″ Poinsettias will look great hanging on your Christmas Tree and remind you of the native Pastor that are already changing color along the roadsides in Costa Rica.

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Grab one, while they’re available, at Samara Organics – 5,000 colones.


New work on display at Samara Organics

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Fused glass plate 8″ x 8″.  Handmade in Samara.fused glass samara costa rica

Colorful votive holders, beaded bracelets, and a bowl.art glass samara costa rica

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Kids’ class in Samara

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Friday afternoon, we made light catchers with students from Mareas Homeschool, here in Samara.

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We talked about glass: what it is made of – and glass fusing: what happens when it is heated in a kiln.

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We talked about color, the color wheel, and how different colors work together.

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We used pre-fired pieces of fusible art on top of a clear base sheet, in designs to match or drawings.

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Here are the light catchers, with hooks, in the kiln and ready for firing up to 1490 degrees farenheit.

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Twenty-four hours later, we opened the kiln to find the pieces of glass fused to the base sheet.

 

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And, voila!

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Colored light, ready to hang in a window.

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Kids classes can be scheduled for small groups.  Call for more information.


Another fun glass fusing class

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fused glass class samara costa rica

A variety of colorful and bright of colorful pieces made in this week’s class: a nite-lite, 2 plates, and a votive holder.   It’s fun to see how different personalities are manifested in light and color.


Make art while on vacation in Costa Rica

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glass fusing class in samara costa ricaBeginning Glass Fusing classes are offered at Gecko Glass studio and are taught by Lavae Aldrich. The class includes:

  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Two kiln firings.

You’ll learn the basics of kiln-formed glass while making your piece of artwork, including:

  • glass cutting
  • design and layout
  • fusing
  • slumping

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Gecko Glass studio is just 1 ½ kilometers outside of central Sámara. It’s about 30 minute walk, mostly along the beach.

Fee: c10,000 ($20.00), 2 hour class. Students should allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).

a- advert 3Reservations are required: Call 8977-1576 or email lavae@casaelgecko.com

 



Limited US Shipping

 

Red Leaf Platter - 8" x 14" - $54.00

Red Leaf Platter – 8″ x 14″ – $54.00

I’m headed north in a few weeks from my home in Playa Samara, Costa Rica.  I’m going to the US, where shipping of my hand-made fused glass art work will be a lot easier and safer.  Some of my customers have been patiently waiting for my next trip to the land of UPS and Federal Express and will be rewarded with delivery in early July.  These pieces below are still available for purchase.  Let me know before 21 June 2014 by Facebook message or email if you’d like one of these beautiful works of hand-made glass art sent to your home.  Or call.

Striped plate, green & blue transparent - 6" x 6" plate - $22.00

Striped plate, green & blue transparent – 6″ x 6″ plate – $22.00

 

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Waterlilies - 6" x 6" plate - $26.00

Waterlilies – 6″ x 6″ plate – $26.00

Waterfish - 6" x 6" plate - $26.00

Waterfish – 6″ x 6″ plate – $26.00

Flores, cranberry on yellow - 8" x 8" plate - $18.00

Flores, cranberry on yellow – 8″ x 8″ plate – $18.00

Sea Green 2 - plate 8" x 8" - $32.00

Sea Green 2 – plate 8″ x 8″ – $32.00

Sea Green 1 - Plate 8" x 8" - $32.00

Sea Green 1 – Plate 8″ x 8″ – $32.00

I’ll quote you the additional shipping costs before you purchase.  I can accept credit cards or Paypal.


Fundidos – New jewelry at Samara Organics

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I’ve just finished a new series of fused glass jewelry.

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There are several different styles.

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Earrings, pendants and bracelets.

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Handmade in Samara.

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On display and on sale at Samara Organics and Dragonfly Gallery in central Samara.  c4,000 ($8.00) each.


Jewelry/Bead Kiln for Sale

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Here’s your opportunity to get into glass art for a small investment.   Learn a new art or  add to your existing studio.

AIM glass fusing electric kiln.  10” x 10” x 9” deep is perfect for fusing jewelry and small pieces or for annealing blown glass.  120 volt with a manual controller and a bead door.  Used.  priced to sell at $200.00.

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10″ x 10″ is perfect for plates and bowls.

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9″ deep allows you to slump into tall drop molds.

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Manual controller.

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With bead door for annealing beads and blown glass.

for sale Samara

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Digital thermo-coupler.

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120 volt electric elements

Email Jimmy for more information: jimmybennett3@yahoo.com


Waterlilies Redux

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glass fusing in samara costa rica

I’m really excited about a new series I’ve started.

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I was so inspired by this gorgeous photo by Frans Lanting, that I attempted to recreate it glass and copper.

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How’d I do?


High season class schedule

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Lavae Aldrich at Casa Gecko Glass is offering Glass Fusing classes Monday, Thursday or Saturday mornings at 10 am during high season.  c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings.  For a first project you can choose a plate, a votive holder, or a nite-lite.  Jewelry classes, stencil powder classes, and metal inclusion classes are scheduled by request – just ask me in advance.

2 hours class.  Students should allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).

Call 8977-1576 or email for a (required) reservation.


Que Lindo Art Fair a big success!

Over 27 artists showed their wares at the annual Que Lindo Art Fair in Samara yesterday.

Over 27 artists showed their wares at the annual Que Lindo Art Fair in Samara yesterday.

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New class schedule

glass fusing samara costa ricaGlass fusing classes are offered Monday, Thursday or Sat. mornings at 10 am during high season.  c10,000 fee includes class, materials, tools, and two firings.  2 hours class.  Allow at least 72 hours for firing (before you leave town).  Jewelry classes are scheduled by request.

Call 8977-1576 or email for a reservation (required).

Come melt something!


Que Lindo Art Fair

by Patty Shattuck

by Patty Shattuck

Playa Samara is home to an abundance of creativity.  Come see what local artists make.

by Lavae Aldrich

by Lavae Aldrich

Friday 24 January 2 – 6 PM

At: Samara Organics in the Natural Center.

by Marlene McCauley

by Marlene McCauley

Paintings – Holly Crenshaw, Davina Pritchard, Marlene McCauley, Patty Shattuck, Nathan Miller, Sara Lacrimi. Davina Pritchard

Pottery –

Mixed Media – Maria Fernanda Galvez,

Fused Glass – Lavae Aldrich

Sculpture – Nancy Reilly

Jewelry – Gallery Sandalo, Anita Azul, Josefina Riccheri, Lavae Aldrich

Clothing – Josefina Riccheri,  Anita Zuzul

Wood Frames – Jim Casey

Children’s activity table – Crear


Sparkle Plenty

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New fused glass earrings on display at Samara Organics Mercado and Café.

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Handmade in Samara, Costa Rica.

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