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Eliminate Hand Strain While Holding Tiny Pieces Securely
These handy tweezers have one incredible feature that will make them a workshop favorite for nearly every artist. The self closing feature allows you to get a precise grip on any small item and maintain even pressure, eliminating hand fatigue. The durable stainless steel tweezers apply firm, even pressure, yet are easy to open. Use these fine point tweezers for placing frit in fusing projects, creating intricate designs in micro mosaics, setting stones in metal clay, placing millefiori in flameworked beads and more.
The Feathers of the Phoenix Plate is the most complex plate I have made so far.Making the glass feathers and fusing the plate is an 8-step process. It starts with a glass brick that is fused from layers of transparent and opal glass dammed between four kiln bricks. The brick is then sawed in half and bookended, then fused again. After fusing, the brick is sawed into thin slices with a round diamond bladed Taurus 3 glass saw. The slices are again bookended together and fused with a piece of clear glass on top. All the glass feathers turn out beautifully and never look the same. They can be used in jewelry and plates. The feathers are laid out on a black piece of opal glass and fused flat. Then a transparent piece of glass is placed on top, and the plate undergoes another 12-hour fusing. The last step
As a self-described cheap glass artisan who lives in rural Maine,finding or making the tools I need myself (rather than buying them online and having them shipped) is a must. As a total beginner, I found that making frit with my scrap glass was actually messier and more dangerous than I had originally suspected. Hammering away on my back deck proved to be a situation which resulted in wasted scrap glass...and tons of cuts.I finally admitted finding a proper tool to make my own frit was a necessity (to my deck AND my hands) - but $50 (plus shipping) for a Frit Piston was just not in my budget. So I took an hour to roam the Home Depot (which, yes, even in rural Maine you will find one) for ideas on how to hack my own solution. What I came up with, after wandering the isles for an hour
Its very rare that a video stops me in my tracks. But when a colleague sent me Hilltop Artists "Black Forest Ham" video, I was hooked for the entire 7 min. and 58 seconds. If you havent heard of Hilltop Artists, its an organization that reaches out to at-risk teens and teaches them the art of fusing, flameworking, mosaics and glass blowing. More importantly, it gives kids a sense of self-worth and an outlet for pent-up frustration. With the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists, a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program, opened in 1994. It provides classes and individualized instruction for more than 500 students each year, and no students are refused based on past behavior, grades, disabilities, or artistic talent. This video won a Telly award back in June for being one of the finest video productions created for the web. I encourage you to watch it and find