Fun With Fishes
I'm not working on mosaic for the dye sink yet in that nothing has been stuck to the wall yet. But I am working on lots of glass fishes so that I'll have a full fish tank when I do start. Making these is kind of addictive. I use scrap glass so, like scrap quilting, there's not much to lose and that frees you up to just have a lot of fun. I use these to fill in space when I have some things I'm ready to fire in the kiln. Here's how I made 3 recent ones.
I start with a rough cut fish body and tail and I glue them together. You can see that I have little wedges of glass under some of the tails to hold them up while the glue dries. I use standard Elmer's glue gel. It burns off clean in the kiln.
No matter what glass project I'm doing I save ever little sliver of glass. To make my fishes I just start piling up the bits and strips of glass trying to pay attention to color. But with some glass you don't really know the color until it's fired...especially if it's an unmarked sliver. Most of these bits are glued in place so I can easily move them to the kiln.
Side view. You can see there's nothing really logical going on here.
Here's the second one.
And the 3rd one with a creepy lime green eye.
Here the are after firing. I was a little disappointed with their stumpy tails. That had not happened to me before. But when I saw how everything else in the kiln fired I realized that I had used the wrong program! I fired it to too high a temperature so they became much more rounded. I'm actually fine with the teal and purple ones. I might trim the tail joint on the olive one and fire him again.
Or I just might make more fish and use him for something else. He wouldn't be my first reject fish! Next time I'll show you how they look when I fire them properly.
5/2/2017 11:55:31 am
Cool! Love how the glass layers melt and meld together in the firing.
5/2/2017 01:43:50 pm
I just hate it when my fish have stumpy tails! LOL!!! They are still awesome!
5/2/2017 03:02:46 pm
You are a constant source of inspiration. Many Thanks.
Rebecca in SoCal
5/2/2017 03:55:18 pm
Just fascinating! I spent a few minutes scrolling between the before and after pictures, and noticed the red spot on the belly of the blue (purple) one looked like the rest of the glass before! Do you ever know for sure what you're going to get, or is it always an adventure to open the kiln?
5/2/2017 07:23:07 pm
What fun! It's like magic when you take them out of the kiln.
5/3/2017 08:20:42 am
I love the "Magic" of the changes as the firing process happens. My dyeing is a lot like your glass process - I am new to it, so each one is a surprise.
5/3/2017 09:56:37 am
You sure are having fun with your glass projects.
5/3/2017 11:04:50 am
Oh, no...don't reject them. i LOVE them. not all fish are the same. give them some love and add them to the mix.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.