Before it started really heating up here in the Middle of Nowhere, I started a project taking various murrini flowers from Tabitha’s Glass Emporium along with freeze and fused (fnf) flowers that I made and applied them to a 12″ 3mm layer of clear Tekta glass. I loved the result and slumped it into a round spiral mold from Bullseye Glass.
The mold is very simple, versatile and for now is one of my favorites. The concept of a field of flowers was extended to using a blue and green base fused onto a clear tekta disc. While I like the weight of only using one layer, I wanted some additional depth to the next piece.
Using fondant molds of various flower shapes and sizes white flowers were created using BE powdered glass. The centers were from translucent canary yellow and the petals used warm white opalescent. Slurries were concocted and cavities were filled for approximately 80 flowers, although not all were used in the project. I also made some small dragonflies as well.
The flowers were fused using a schedule that I found through the freeze and fuse Facebook page, that for my Jen Ken kiln is AFAP to 1300F, hold 5 minutes and then anneal.
The flowers were laid out on the green and blue disc along with some vitrograph stringers to simulate stems. I also placed a few fnf leaves of aventurine green powder down. The flowers on the tray show some cracking after the 1st firing. This could be caused for different reasons: the powder and water slurry was too dry at firing; not enough powder in the cavity; or problems that I did not seen when taken out of the mold. One of the things that amazes me about the freeze and fuse process is how small items can be created. Some of the flowers were no more that 1/8″ wide and retained shape and detail throughout the process.
The disc and flowers were tack fused to 1275F and had a 5 hour anneal time to account for the various thicknesses of the flowers. The same top temperature and anneal time were also utilized during the slumping of the bowl. However the ramp rate was slowed down to 150F per hour to again accommodate for the various thicknesses.
I am extremely pleased with the result. A couple of flowers had some stretching during the slump process creating minor gaps; I do not think they cause too much of a distraction.
The final piece pictured from a front view, side view that shows the texture and thickness of the flowers, and then a view looking down (pardon the picture of the camera in the center).
Both pieces are currently located at my studio in Glasgow, Montana and are available for purchase.