Surface Techniques: Crackle, Irid, and Mica
Saturday, September 5 to Monday, September 7, 2015
Instructor: Brad Walker
Want to make your pieces stand out? This workshop focuses on techniques and effects that move beyond straightforward cutting and assembling glass. Topics covered include working with iridescent glass, using mica powder, crackle, and more. Airbrushing, sandblasting, and painting by hand will all be used to create our pieces
This workshop includes an overview of the principles of reactive glasses, in which the chemicals in certain glasses and metal foils react to create additional colors and special effects. These effects, which can be subtle or dramatic, can be controlled and used to give your glass pieces a unique look.
Our second area of concentration will be iridized glasses, where the manufacturer has coated the glass with a metallic layer that shimmers when hit by light. We'll examine a range of different effects that can be achieved with iridized glass and learn how to use glass powder, resist paper, and other tools to make the most of the iridizing effect.
We'll also explore the crackle technique in glass. This begins by manipulating glass powder, then firing to achieve a unique crackled appearance in the final piece. We'll cover both the basic crackle effect and several more advanced refinements of the process, as well as techniques that combine crackle with reactive and iridized glasses.
And finally, we'll cover ways to use mica powder on fused glass. Approaches will include both airbrushing and painting by hand.
A knowledge of basic fusing principles is necessary, as is the ability to cut glass.
Three days Price: $425
10:00 to 4:30 first two days, 10:00 to 3:00 last day