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Dare to Dream: Be Inspired with Dreamcatchers

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You’ve probably walked past a dreamcatcher before, perhaps in a souvenir shop or at friend’s home, but have you ever wondered what they’re for? They are more than just a beautiful decoration to adorn your home with.   Dreamcatchers were originally created by Native American Indians. The original versions were usually made of wooden hoops covered in a woven web of natural fibers with sacred and meaningful items attached to them. These would include beads and feathers that would hang from the bottom of the dreamcatcher.   They were used to protect sleeping children from evil spirits and bad dreams. Hanging above their beds, the legend was that the dreamcatcher would let good dreams pass through the web of the dreamcatcher while catching the bad dreams. When the sun’s first rays would hit the dreamcatcher in the morning, the negative energy would be destroyed.   Dreamcatchers serve a protective purpose, and they’re also very beautiful. You can make one yourself with stained glass and feathers and incorporate the native elements to make a glass art piece with traditional items used as well. You can even cre

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How Famous Artwork Can Inspire Your Works of Art

Inspiration
Sometimes when we’re creating glass art, we have an idea and we go for it. Other times, we look around us to find inspiration that speaks to our soul. That inspiration can come from looking out the window and spying a beautiful natural scene. It can come from an experience and the depiction of our feelings about it. It can also come from looking at famous artwork.   When we use great works of art to inspire our creativity in glass art, it allows us to incorporate something particularly stunning into our own translations of it. At Delphi Glass, we often see submissions in our Delphi Glass Artist Gallery of glass art that is inspired by great works like Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Sunflowers, Waterlilies by Monet, Munch’s The Scream, and The Kiss and The Tree of Life by Klimt.   Finding inspiration for your own beautiful glass art creations may be as simple as visiting your local art museum to behold classical pieces or even viewing them from the comfort of your own home while online. As glass artists, we know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and looking at pieces that are either incredibly famous like the ones mentioned abov

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Glass Fusing Comment

by Karina Foster on Mar 19, 2018

171 Posts
Top Contributor Gallery Artist

@ I reviewed your questions with our fusing instructors to ensure I'm addressing all the potential issues. In reference to the devitrification, there are multiple factors that can impact that, not just the firing schedule. Using glass that is specifically tested compatible and formulated for fusing is the first step in getting a gorgeous finish. Beyond that, avoiding using a grinder is recommended as the residue from grinding can sometimes show up as a dingy looking halo. Additionally, when cleaning glass before fusing it is important to thoroughly rinse all cleaning agents off and wipe dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. If these factors are eliminated you stand the best chance of getting beautiful results. For your 1" - 3" cabochons a firing schedule of seg.1 500/h to 1000F with 5 min. hold, set.2 500/h to 1250F with 10-15 min. hold, seg.3 500/hr to 1450F with 10 min. hold, seg.4 Full/h to 900F with no soak/end program is appropriate. The hold at 1250F is commonly called a "bubble soak" and should be longer for larger projects or projects in which you wish to minimized bubble entrapment from textures, frit and more. We can't wait to see what you create!

Foiling Glass Comment

by Karina Foster on Mar 19, 2018

171 Posts
Top Contributor Gallery Artist

@ Thank you so much for alerting me to this error! We have just begun the process of reviewing and revising these articles, so your feedback was very timely. I will make sure this error is flagged for revision. Your feedback as a member of our community is so appreciated.

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Professional Box Maker

by cindymiller333 on April 13, 2018

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solid, and will be great for multiple uses...multiple sizes

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I could attempt to create something like this on my own easily enough...but I decided to buy one that I knew would be absolutely "square"