Thursday, April 28, 2011

What is Frit ?

In describing my work, especially my jewelry, I use the term Frit Glass. It dawned on me that not everyone knows what that is or what it looks like... so.. I thought I would share a few pics from the studio to let you see what it looks like.

Frit, in it's simplest term, is bits of Glass. Frit ranges in size from Kosher Salt Size, Raw Sugar, Hour Glass Sand, Silt, and Talcum Powder.

Double Amber Purple Frit.. Course

Cobalt 5 Raw Sugar Size Frit
Agua Azul Salt Size Frit

Agua Azul Silt Size Powder
Butterscotch Talcum Powder Size

To Heat these Bits of Glass I use a Barracuda Torch by Bethlehem

Didymium Glass to Protect my Eyes.. Stylish Ha?

The Dark Gray Block is made from Graphite. It is the Perfect material to manipulate the Hot Glass on.

This last picture shows the simple tools I use to create both jewelry and sculpture!! On the far left, Stainless Steel Tweezers, next a Tungsten Pick, in the middle a Graphite Paddle, second from the right a Hollow Steel Rod (to make eyes) and at the far right is my Metal Daisy Stamp( that's how I imprint my signature)

So,, Now you know all about Lampworking!!! Any Questions?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Notes from the Studio

Finally the warm weather is here, even if for a few days. I have been busy in my studio creating new glass pieces.

Today I have been working on an Abstract, Branch Design. I have absolutely no idea what it will be when I'm finished, and I LOve it! It's kinda like playing make believe when you were a kid. It requires lots of imagination!

I just keep adding glass, heating it, then rotating to see where the next piece goes. It's kinda Fun working this way. But how will I know when I'm done?? Hmmmm..

Maybe it will end up looking something like, "Tree of Wisdom"...

Tree of Wisdom
 It's hard to say right now. All I have is some Caramel Colored Glass Branches. I'll keep you posted!!

Have the Most Beautiful Day!!