Friday, April 26, 2013

Glass Flame Sculptures - Finished!

Glass Flame
Glass Flame Sculpture by Wendy Williams.. 2013
This is how the first flame sculpture turned out. I made a pile of color samples (check out this Link for some of those pics) to get to this point. There are three center flames rising high with four supporting, dancing flames around it.

She Loved it so much she wanted a small one made for herself.. The first one was for a present. So we came up with this design..

Lampwork Glass Flame Sculpture
Glass Flame Sculpture, Mini

She wanted one using only oranges and yellow in a random pattern. This one feels more playful!

Her husband saw the pictures and wanted one for Himself.. Larger than the first with less Red and more Orange.. Here is what I came up with for him..

Elegant Glass Flame Sculpture.. Wendy Williams.. 2013

It's amazing how they all use the same colors and technique and yet.. they are all so individual.. So Unique! This one feels Elegant!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In the process of making lampwork glass flames

Good Morning!!

Boro Glass Flames
The Glass flames are coming along. I started with the one on the far left hoping that I could get some Amber/Purple in the design. I forgot to take into consideration the fact that the Orange and Yellow glass are worked in a neutral to reduced flame while the Amber/Purple likes an Oxidizing flame. I read that the amber/purple can turn grey-green I have just never seen it... until yesterday.

Red Orange Glass Flame
This one is my fave. I like the feathering, it has an abstract kinda flickering flame design within a design. It is created using a tungsten rake. After laying on the colors heat just a small area and rake through the colors.. repeat it as often as you like then finish the piece as you would normally.

I want to add some yellow to this and maybe leave the tops more orange.

Bright Orange Glass Flame
I like this rake through as well. Reminds me of Orange Sherbert Ice Cream.. My summer time Favorite!!

Off to the studio to try some more color combos.. it really is unlimited.. I might have to make several of these.

Have the most Beautiful Day!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

I'm an Artist

Happy Monday to ya! So.. I tried to be consistent with my blog. Write every Tuesday and Thursday, make it interesting etc.. but... I'm an artist.. I live on a whim and I'm only usually interested in what I am doing Now. I like to flow in whats going on in the moment... So I guess my blog will have to be just like me... kinda scattered but fun!! He He! Just random notes from my life...

Female Glass Scuba Diver Ornament by Wendy Williams.. 2011

Today is such a gorgeous day!! The sun and warmth decided to grace this day!! Which is awesome cause I have lots of work to do today in the studio. I am still in the process of making these little female scuba diver ornaments and submitting them to a jury panel for selection in a wholesale order... I have three more to make and send.. Wish me luck!! I think I would like doing this.. It's absolute hard work but at the end of the day I get paid!! Woo Hoo!! I like that!! On an average I work between 50-70hrs a week.. and sometimes with no pay. I absolutely LOve what I do and would not trade it for anything,, well,, maybe to work with animals.. But.. I'm just saying.. it's good to get paid!

I have a couple of custom orders to figure out as well... one will be sculptural flames!! I like that idea!! and the other remembrance beads.. Not sure how to do this one or even if I can.. I have lots of research ahead of me.. it involves "Imploding" a mothers ashes into the center of a frit glass cabochon. I'll let you know what I find out.. if it can be done and what it might possibly look like.. I think ash.. like say.. from a volcano, turns grey-green when incorporated into hot glass... I want to be sure of what will happen before I take this commission on cause I want to be very careful with something so dear to the clients heart.

Anyway.... that's my day so far!!

Happy Monday to ya!!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Swimming Female Art Glass Sculpture

Female Art Glass Swimmer Sculpture.. Wendy Williams.... 2012

This lovely lady was a first for me in creating tutorials.  Last summer I was asked to make a swimmer tutorial and submit it to the Flow Magazine. I was thrilled and nervous at the same time. How do you hold a glass rod in an open flame creating a sculpture while taking "in focus" good quality pictures at the same time?? What a challenge! I set up my Tripod and Camera and went to work on it.. It took weeks and some remakes and re-takes.. but.. I was able to document the whole process...  
Female Art Glass Swimmer Sculpture.. Wendy Williams.. 2012

I think she turned out Awesome. I am very happy with the form, shape and flow that she took on. I've waited many months and finally she has been featured in the magazine. She is in the Spring issue of the flow.. pg. 38. If you don't  receive  the magazine you can go to the flow and order a pdf pf the tutorial or get a subscription.

Here's a little sample, Female Art Glass Body in process.. step # 10

In this tutorial I take you all the way through the process of forming the legs, torso, and head, then combining all the parts as well as tips for forming the curved pieces that represent the waves

The pieces that will make up the waves.. step # 21
 From start to finish there are 24 steps.. Have fun with it!! To see a more pictures of the finished sculpture, read the full description or to purchase her follow this link to Morning Light Glass on Etsy.

Any Questions or comments?? I'd Love to here from you!! Have the most Beautiful Day