My last fused class was on slumping. I didn’t think that I would like slumping all that much. Well, I love it. It’s so much fun and a lot easier than it looks. Slumping is when you create a form for the glass to melt into and slump. It’s how people make bowls and really anything that isn’t flat. We used fiber paper build up a frame for the outside of the object. For me that was the where the colored glass is. The middle of the frame was just a hole that the glass slumped into creating the clear glass area for the candle to sit in. For our slumping class we did a tack fusing. The other classes have been full fuses so you get that perfectly smooth blended look. Tack fusing is done at a lower temperature so the glass doesn’t fully melt.
Here is a different perspective of the candle holders so you can see the depth. I made these matching votive candle holders. They are about 3" x 3" square. You can see again, how things shifted and got bumped in the kiln. That’s just how things go. It was a fairly large class and a small kiln, so people were constantly accidentally bumping into things. I came back and fixed things a few times, but then you just have to let it go. I love that they aren’t perfect.
This piece is 2" x 2" square-ish. It’s made from one piece of glass. Again I built a frame of fiber paper to hold the outside edges while the middle melted down to create the bowl.
I made this piece to be a ring holder. My sister has a very similar piece that I just loved. So I tried to create it. My ring sits in there nicely!
This was just an experiment. This piece is 1" x 1" square. I wanted to see how small you could slump. I was thinking that it might be a fun form for pendants. I think I will turn this into a pendant. I like that it’s not flat and has some texture to it.
Well, I’m sad that my class is over. My teacher was great and I learned a lot. I will definitely take more classes in the future. I’ve also started looking at purchasing a kiln.