Following my first experiments to create fused glass ankhs, I continued in my quest to create very smooth ones!

On this occasion I applied only two small changes:

  • I filled each mould to just two-thirds full, based on the advice from Colour de Verre about ‘surface tension’ and the glass pulling away from the mould edges when hot…
  • I reprogrammed the kiln to hold at 1340 degrees F for 10 minutes, instead of 1375 degrees F (the fusing stage)
The “Famille d’Âme III” ready for firing in the kiln (2 small ankhs in 'Light Pink Striker'; medium ankh in 'Light Cyan Blue'; and large ankh in 'Egyptian Blue Opal')

The “Famille d’Âme III” ready for firing in the kiln (2 small ankhs in ‘Light Pink Striker’; medium ankh in ‘Light Cyan Blue’; and large ankh in ‘Egyptian Blue Opal’)

The results were not quite as I expected (or should I say ‘hoped for’!) but they tell a story all the same 🙂
These ankhs are very thin, due to the fill level. However, there is less ‘needling’ on the edges, which could mean the lower temperature was beneficial, but they have a sugar-coated surface which is not the glossy smooth I’m seeking!

“Famille d’Âme III”

“Famille d’Âme III”

I’m moving my atelier very soon, but I will return to this project to take up the quest again! I am very determined!
For the ankhs created so far, these will be used as inclusions in a larger glass artwork I have planned. There will be some exciting copper-sulphur reactions between the glasses, if all goes to plan! 🙂

In the meantime, I’ve also started preparing for another glass fusing project, this time in honour of Osiris and Isis. This will be fired in my next atelier space, so watch this space! 🙂

Drawings and glass cutting preparations for a new project

Drawings and glass cutting preparations for a new project

Originally published: Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 22:22 in Atelier, Inspiration

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