Fused Glass from Tropics of Costa Rica

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Brooke tried out a new mold

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Brooke just finished this beautiful 8″ vegetable/chip bowl using a mold that we’ve just started using.  Fabulous results!

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Queque anyone?

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A new cake plate catches the light like jewels.

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14″ diameter, dead flat, it sits on three feet.


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Nite-Lites

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We now have nite-lites. (more…)


What to do in the rain

Casa Gecko Glass was featured in the August issue of our local bi-lingual news magazine, The Voz de Guanacaste.  Take a look at what the class produced and read Ariana McKinney’s article.

http://www.vozdeguanacaste.com/en/articles/2013/08/22/art-glass

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Hot glass will find it’s own level

what to do in samara costa ricaSaturday’s Beginning Glass Fusing produced some lovely pieces by four first-timers.  It also produced some interesting lessons.

When melted and allowed to flow freely, glass “wants” to be 1/4″ thick.  With enough heat, the mass of molten glass will expand or contract until it is 1/4″ thick.  Each of these designs was laid up on a 6″ x 6″ piece of 1/8″ clear glass (System 96).  But some changes occurred in the kiln.

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A thin piece, like this single sheet of 1/8″ glass with a detailed design in the center

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shrunk in the kiln, pushing the glass to the center as it tried to get thicker.

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This design has some very thick detailing in two corners, which expanded upon firing.

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The other corners, with two layers of glass, stayed pretty square.

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With a continuous border of very thick glass,

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this design expanded about 1/2″ but quite evenly and retained a fairly square shape.

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This design completely covered the base glass with a collage of 1/8″ thick glass.

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The result after firing is about the same size and shape as the original 6″ square.  A few thicker details in the center of the piece found room to settle before pushing the edges out.