My fascination with portraiture continues ~ along with my love for experimentation.
Below are my 1st attempts at creating fused glass portraits.
Each resulting in varying degrees of success.
|Julia, Jerry, Pepe, Terry|
Here are some photos, thoughts on process & lessons learned.
First came Terry.
|Terry ~ Beginners Luck!|
I am most pleased with the way he came out, perfect balance of meltiness & texture. Plus, I think he looks really cool!
I chalk this up to beginners luck!
Next came Julia. Using my contour drawing as a starting point.
|Line drawing, materials, tools ~ the beginning|
The black glass used to "draw" her features was almost entirely scrap material.
Note to self ~ be sure to clean the scrap better before starting! It's hard to see in the photo, but some of the black is not shiny ~ a result of dust.
|After 1st fusing|
I then decided to re-fuse her (despite Mark warning me not to do it!) adding more colors & shape. Unfortunately, she cracked near the start of the 2nd fusing. After allowing it to cool completely, I attempted 2 more firings at varying temperature timings. Heating the kiln too quickly caused thermal shock & cracking.
In the end (photo at top) she was in 3 pieces. Not the worst thing that can happen to a mosaic artist!
|Before closing the lid for the final firing.|
Many good lessons learned with this one ~ especially regarding thermal shock
& the need to SLOW DOWN!
|Choosing glass & drawing to use as my visual reference.|
Next came Jerry. I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out, only wishing I had left the kiln on slightly longer, until the white bits became more rounded.
~ Note: each color melts at slightly different temperatures. Dark (black) first to light (white) last.
My latests attempt is Pepe ~ In this photo you can see how I stacked the glass for a single firing. This is how it looked just before closing the lid.
Keeping a sharp eye on this one, I turned off the kiln at just the right time!
Thanks to Terry, Julia, Jerry & Pepe, all members of Julia Kay's Portrait Party(JKPP)!
JKPP is an international community of 600+ artists, creating portraits of each other based on photos.