Friday, April 13, 2012
a fused glass experiment
There's oodles of fun to be had in examining how one image transforms as it moves from one medium to another. I am exploring this with one of the pencil drawings I made last year. So far, it moved from my sketchbook to a colored digital image to a textile, and now...to glass.
Here are the sketch, the textile, and the image I extracted for the glass experiment:
A thermofax copy of the image was made, and I squeegied glass paint through that, on to piece of azure blue transparent glass. The image did not come through in the detail that I wanted. I lost a lot of detail in the hand, so I am not sure the image "reads" as a profile...
There are several ways I can improve this, so I will experiment further. One problem is the limitation of the size of the thermofax -- maximum 8" x 10" -- which made me want to explore ways of layering and extending designs, ad infinitum. More thermofaxes to make.
This piece has four layers -- the bottom layer is an opalescent white, and on top of that is a clear "cord" (for corduroy?) glass, that I had hoped would add some texture to the background. My image-on-blue is next, and on top of that is a layer of clear iridescent glass. The last layer has a beautiful rainbowesque sheen that appears from any off-center angle:
I may cut this piece up with the tile sawand use sections in other works. I do like what the painted lines are doing.
I can use the thermofax screen again, so I will try to get a better "pull" on the image next time. I like the crop of the face I made for the first photo in this post, so she may appear somewhere again...