Thursday, May 13, 2010

recent dabblings

Hey look! Its a "sketch*"! (*In quotes because the head is from one sketch, the body is from another and each of the two hands are from still yet other sketches--all put together in p-shop.)

So here's the head. Its three pieces of glass --red/clear; turquoise/clear; goldpink/clear.
On the left above is the red/clear layer with the goldpink On the right is the red/clear with the turquoise. The red layer has glass paint and silver stain fired on.
On the left is the red/clear and the turq/clear before the silver stain and second paint firing. On the right is red/clear; turq/clear and goldpink/cl before silverstain.

Here's the three layers after sandblasting and engraving.


Jx said...

Thanks so much for breaking this down for us.

I've been filing a face. I did a bit of painting on it before engraving and filing it, but I've realised I want more dark paint and shadows.

But I don't want to lose the opaque whiteness of the filed surface when I fire the paint.

What's the best way of achieving this, d'you think? Another layer with the darks on?

The face is worked on blue on clear.

Judith Schaechter said...

Hi Jx!
I'm not sure what temp you are firing at--but I fire at 656c (1213 f)
and I don't soak it--just up and down.

This does polish the surface--but just a little bit--it still appears frosty for the most part.

Or another layer! There's usually a few solutions and they all have advantages and disadvantages. I hope this helps!

Art Trip said...

Wow, those are amazing but can't figure out what they are. Etched slabs of glass?

Judith Schaechter said...

Hi Art Trip--
they are sandblasted and engraved flash glass. This is sort of like how they make cameos--flash glass is a type of glass which has two layer of color and you can etch into the surface of one to reveal a paler color beneath.

There's demos in the archives if you want more info!

Jx said...

Thanks for the info, Judith - I'll try that temperature.

I love this new face! Her hair is very modern, which makes her look like someone you'd meet on the high street - a kind of modern everywoman.