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A Guide to Grinding, Smoothing, and Polishing Blown and Fused Glass
Illustrated with over 250 full color photographs of processes, equipment, and works of art, Johnathon Schmuck's The Joy of Coldworking is the first extensive publication on coldworking techniques for the glass artist.
The Joy of Coldworking seeks to fill in the gaps in the documentation and knowledge of all aspects of coldworking by guiding the reader through a myriad of processes and techniques, including:
1. Information about virtually every major piece of coldworking equipment, from belt sanders to lap wheels to saws to glass lathes and more.
2. Tips and techniques for hand finishing, fire polishing, drilling, and working with acid.
3. Recommendations for specific equipment to purchase and use.
4. Information about setting up and improving your personal coldshop.
5. A history of coldworking, from ancient works such as the Portland Vase and the Cage Cup to contemporary masterpieces.
6. A thorough discussion of safety principles for all machines and processes discussed.
7. Aesthetic principles and approaches to coldworking.
More than anything else, the aim of The Joy of Coldworking is to address the dread that many people feel about coldworking. With the proper instruction, equipment, and technique, it's not only possible to turn a good piece of glass into a great one, it's also possible to turn dread into joy. 208 pages.
Pros : This is the first book to discuss coldworking in depth. It is clear, well written, and packed with essential information (including recommendations about tools and equipment). Well worth the money!
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas A. Edison Along the way, Ive had some wonderful artists and friends share tips on how to make our endeavor successful, and these that Ive chosen to pass on below may be the ones that have made the most difference. 1. Pick a path and focus. There are so many wonderful avenues that can be explored with fused glass.... or other glass mediums.... that for many of us, it is difficult to choose and focus on one area. Of course it may be necessary to take several classes to learn a variety of techniques in the beginning. I loved jewelry, contemporary design w/stringer and sizzle sticks, pattern bars, rod making, etc., but sooner or later, it is wise to pare down the list and focus on work that when viewed by others has a theme. In time, you can
As catalogers, we send out a lot of paper. We hope that people keep our Delphi catalogs for a long time (and I think many do), but then what? The thought of all that paper ending up in the waste basket makes me sad. Imagine my joy to find a pinboard by Catalogs.com filled with creative uses for old catalogs. Here are some of my favorites. 1. Star ornaments (top left) 2. Stretchy bracelet 3. Catalog button flowers 4. Envelopes from catalog pages Ive repinned these ideas and others on my Pinterest pinboard here.
When Charity Stewarts mosaic mirror made of old Starbucks Gift Cards was posted to our Artist Gallery as part of our Recycled Arts Contest, I couldnt help but notice. Cheerily nicknamed "Momma Mosaics", Charity creates brightly colored art that is whimsical and playful. She has mastered the art of using paper under glass, and repurposing found objects. We caught up with her to ask her a few questions about her signature style. How did you get started in glass? I discovered the joy of glass at the age of 12, when I was introduced to stained glass art by my grandmother. She inspired me to explore my creative side as we worked side-by-side in her tiny basement studio, cutting and grinding pieces for a large window panel. Those lessons in creativity launched my interest in glass art and eventually led me to classes in fusing and mosaics. Why mosaics? Have