Friday, May 29, 2009

Arrow In the Forest - Work in Progress

I started work on this design a couple of days ago. It just came out of the kiln yesterday and I will start coldworking the edges next, prior to the final slump in the square dish mold.

For this design, I used one of Beverly Ash Gilbert's color wheel schemas and I really like the way the colors came together for me on this piece. I had the rich cranberry stringer that I think stands out with the yellow confetti pieces as a back drop.


I started with the vertical section using 3 pieces of Bullseye canary yellow confetti. Then I picked out one of the cranberry stringers I had made a while ago, that had a nice string of navy running through it. The navy was twisted around inside of this stringer as part of what I did when I made these. I decided to outline the vertical with more yellow and I wanted a dark green border for the entire piece. I tried several pattern variations for the greens and ultimately, this was my final choice.



This is the completed design, before I packed the vertical area with clear frit.








And now the clear frit is in place, just before fusing. I created fiber dams to hold the glass in place once it becomes molten. And reinforced those with pins and a couple of kiln posts.

The top picture shows the result to date.

I thought I would call this one, Arrow in the Forest.

17 comments:

Tracey Clarke said...

Fascinating. I looks great, Can't wait to see it after the final step.

SCJ Jewelry Design said...

Incredible! And the name suits it perfectly!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks a lot Tracey. Hope to finish it up in less than a week.

Hi Sandy. Thank you! I think my work is going 'Robin Hood' on me. :)

pippijewelry said...

Cool! Thanks for the in the works pictures. I love to see how a project progresses, and the steps involved.
~Pippi

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Pippi! Glad you enjoy the work in progress steps. It's fun to document the process.

Hearttohearts said...

I love the color combination. I realy like the contrast of the different textures and techniques...and I love the pics of the process

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thanks Sophie, I appreciate your thoughts on this one.

Toni said...

Looks great, Kathleen! Glass is such a time consuming project, isn't it? The better you get at it, the longer it takes, because you are putting so much more of yourself into the work.

Shay Stone said...

Kathleen, your blog is awesome as usual! I love all the details and photos that you include. YOU Rock!

-Don said...

So, that's how you do it...Fascinating, informative and lovely. It's beautiful as it is which makes me even more anxious to see the end result. -Don

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Toni, yes glass is time consuming and I find I get totally absorbed in the process. Love that part of it.

Hey Shay! Thanks you made me smile with your comment. :D

Hi Don! Yes, that's how I do it...sometimes...I think I'm a little unconventional in my design approach, but maybe not. Others wiser than me have said we really don't do anything that hasn't been done before. Who knows? I do enjoy it so much and I am anxious too...always am to see how the final work will look. Thank you!

smellyrhinostudio said...

Love seeing the steps in the process! How neat it would be to see it in person.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hey Rebecca! Yes, then you would get to see how messy my work area becomes as I build these. :D

steiderstudios said...

Mesmerizing, Kathleen! VERY nice work!!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Oh, thank you soooo much Linda.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Gosh, I just love your designs, Kathleen! I also like seeing the way you construct them!

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Thank you Elizabeth. I really appreciate your thoughts about my work. :)