Various stages of done-ness

It’s time to make more face pendants. Here are a few in varying stages of the process. One thing I like about the one below here is that yellowish color. It’s an attempt at blending multiple colors in this style rather than staying in the same family. I tried this when I first started doing the mosaics and didn’t like the results. In the last two years I have learned more about how colors work together (or not) in this technique. So much more to learn.

glass micro mosaic tile

The guy below has a cute little mouth murrine. I don’t remember who I got it from. Greg Chase and Jim Anspach have sent me face part murrini over the years but I also have some that I got from an artist’s studio close-out. I think this one is kind of cool except for the fact that it’s a chip that is very very thin on one edge. I hope it doesn’t get swallowed up by the rest of the design.

glass micro mosaic tile

Here’s one that has the mosaic part complete. See my little signature cane in there? I love that thing. It was the first stringer stack murrine I did. I’m excited about these because I’m going to try something new. I have showed a couple pieces where Chris Mode has done the silver work to make them into pendants. This time I have an idea an I’m going to build the prototype setting in cardboard and see if she will be able to fabricate it for me in silver. While I have some soldering skills, cardboard and glue is a lot less intimidating to me that sheets of silver and solder.

glass micro mosaic tileIf you can’t tell, I’m also messing around with a new photo set-up. I purchased the light boxes from Doug Baldwin. It’s hard adjusting to the look that I’m getting because I do like a little shiny glare on my pieces. I mean, they’re glass, and I’ve been liking my pictures for a long time. So, I’ve tried a could different things to rig them up to my liking. I’m not sure I’m there yet though.

Why did I change? It just looks like an easier set up than what I have. I don’t know though. When will I get it and be satisfied? Maybe if I ever get that macro lens and learn to use my ‘good’ camera?


Murrine-making learning curve.

I’m excited at how fast I am progressing in this technique. I am learning a lot from piece to piece and I’ve only done three so far. The first being the two-color signature cane and the other being the first color eye. The following piece uses a different angle of color mixing…laying on layers of color in the stringer (think a bullseye pattern of color layering) to achieve the pointillist effect. Letting the eye make the jump. Although, the stringers are pulled so small that the eye can’t even see the rings anymore and maybe the colors do mix? Here it is right out of the kiln: stringer stack murrini Interesting. I used a different fuse schedule to help avoid air pin holes. I do think that worked and will find out more when I cut a slice but it did slump over more in that process. It could be coincidence, the new fusing schedule, the fact that the stringer may have been longer than the last one? More air because I didn’t pack it like previous ones? The latter is probably it. Here it is compared to the first experiment: mosaic murrine The first one is shorter primarily because I took a slice. You can see though that the slumping happened above where the pipe form was. I haven’t quite figured out the physics of that though because the kiln paper did extend high enough to be a form and it slumped in, not out.   mosaic murrine Completed piece. I do like it a lot. I learned that powder pink strikes a LOT in the kiln, even though it had burned out some in the flame. Another live and learn and I’ll have to try another color that will darken up the flesh tones. It looks like some of the darkness is provided by using a transparent glass in the bullseye process…interesting.stringer stack murrini Here are the two eyes I’ve done. Time to move on and practice technique on another image. Maybe a mouth? Next up, building a form other than a circle. Maybe with fiber paper and block? I’m nervous but that edge is what keeps me finding new things and process.