Winter 2012 **Print**
From the Editor - The Continuously Written Handbook
by Delynn Ellis
Managing Editor Delynn Ellis reminds readers that the “handbook” of techniques used to create glass art are continuously changing. The staff of GPQ strive in each issue to put together a thoughtful mix of glass tutorials that are flavored with today’s trends in order to add to that handbook and brings its readers new discoveries.
GPQ Winter 2012 Gallery
Showcasing the Designs of Thirteen Outstanding Glass Artists
The Winter 2012 issue of Glass Patterns Quarterly features the first place and popular vote winners from the Glass Craft & Bead Expo Gallery of Excellence 2012. This outstanding glass art includes glass mosaics, fused glass, borosilicate, stained glass painting, pâte de verre, decorative foil and solder, and sandblast etching, plus laminated, ground, and bezeled glass layers.
Heart of Whimsy - An Introduction to Stained Glass
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Chantal Pâre
A 21" x 16‑1/2" traditional leaded glass stylized pattern, inspired by the work of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, created by stretching a rose design into a heart. The style was. The heart is suspended weightlessly in a framework of clear textures and natural flowing lines. the project provides an opportunity to combine colorful scraps of glass from the pink/coral/purple/red range.
Design and Fabrication by Anna Danowska, Text by Delynn Ellis
A 16" x 22" angel panel inspired by a poem discovered on the Internet by the artist, Anna Danowska, who created the piece using various textures of clear glass for the angel. A rose done in vivid red and greens serves as a brilliant accent to the weeping angel. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Shades of Winter Kaleidoscope
Design and Fabrication by Alysa Phiel,, Text and Photography by Alexandra Berger
A stained glass kaleidoscope featuring a pyramid-shaped body created by joining three rectangular glass pieces together. The two overlapping kaleidoscope wheels are decorated with pieces of glass, and the wheels are then placed in the kiln for either a full or dimensional fuse. Decorative solder is added to the seams of the pyramid for a more finished look.
Window Frame Chickadees
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Joseph E. Godek
A 14" x 7‑1/2" free-form Chippaway Art Glass pewter branch decorated with two small stained glass chickadee panels and springs of leaves and red berries. The tutorial shares tips for making “negative” patterns for cutting the glass pieces and techniques for connecting the birds and leaves to the branch. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Snowflake Structure - Mixed Media Mosaic
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Susan Gay
An 8" x 8" glass-covered mosaic picture frame created with clear and stained glass tessarae combined with tempered glass over a painted silver background. Opaque colored glass is cut according to the pattern, and tempered glass fragments are used to fill in the rest of the design. Nonsanded polymer-based grout is used to finish the project.
Design by Jean Beaulieu, Text by Darlene Welch
A 25" x 19" stained glass owl panel from Canadian creator, artist, and painter, Jean Beaulieu. Careful selection of glass colors and grain direction provides a realistic look for the fluff and swirl of the owl’s feathers and the intensity of his eyes. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
Design by Karen Stephenson, Text by Delynn Ellis
A 16" x 12" stained glass panel featuring a classic fleur-de-lis design in the purple-and-gold color scheme reminiscent of the New Orleans Carnival, also know as Mardi Gras. The design is showcased beautifully within a vine of flowing leaves. This project was constructed using the copper foil technique.
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Secret Winter Garden -A Painter’s Approach to Fusing
Design Fabrication, and Text by Donna Sarafis
Project Finish Photo by Paul Olle, Artist Photo by Katie Smith
A 12" x 16" painterly fused glass snow scene panel created with sheet glass, stringers, frit, and glass powder. Opaque white and clear glass are used for the trees and branches, and streaky blue glass is used for the sky background. The snowy look is achieved through the use of frit and powder, and the panel is then fused to finish.
Out of the Box - Lamp Shades with a Twist
Design, Fabrication, Text, and Photography by Nancy E. Burke
A 12" x 12" glass square and an 11‑1/2" glass circle are used as bases for two fused lamp shades. Strips of Turquoise, Cherry Red, Lipstick Red, and Deep Aqua Glass Stringers plus inner and outer helix cane provide the decorative touches for the shades, which are drape-fired over a Collina mold and an Alta Vista mold, respectively, to finish.
Let’s Build a Snowman Plate!
Design and Fabrication by Erica Biery Collins, Text and Photography by Pat Rizzotto
An 8" x 8" fused panel featuring a well-dressed snowman on a blustery day. Blue and white glass squares form the background for the snowman, which is cut from white opal. Finishing touches include a bright orange nose, black hat, and red scarf; black frit for eyes, mouth, and buttons; plus dichroic accents for the scarf and hat. Tack-fusing and slumping schedules are included, as well as tips for success with the project.
Links to the Past
Design, Fabrication, Text by Leslie Gibbs
Photography by Jon Gibbs and Marcina Gibbs
Instructions for creating 1960s-style cuff links and tie clips from fused dichroic glass. Tips are included for increased success in working with dichroic glass when cutting and grinding the shapes. The glass shapes are then fused and glued to purchased cuff link and tie clip blanks to finish.
Brocade Heart Dichroic Etching
Design, Fabrication, and Text by Carmen Flores Tanis
A set of 3" x 2‑7/8" etched hearts created from black-backed red dichroic glass. A brocade appearance is added to the hearts with an ink pad and rubber stamps. Etch cream is applied to let selected areas of the black backing show through the design, and the project is finished by fire-polishing to soften the edges of the hearts.
by Darlene Welch
Information on the latest in books and patterns plus new glass and tools for hot, warm, and cold glass artists and hobbyists. This is the perfect place to keep up with the innovations that will make working in glass easier and more enjoyable.
The Kiln Corner - How to Get the Longest Life Out of Your Kiln’s Heating Elements
by Arnold Howard
Arnold Howard, who writes instruction manuals for Paragon Industries, L.P., provides answers to questions from readers on the proper element pins to use for replacement, the basics for testing element coils when buying a new kiln, and pointers for getting the longest life out of kiln heating elements.
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