Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Prince Rupert Drop – an explanation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xe-f4gokRBs

Take a look at this brilliant little video which shows how a Prince Rupert Drop is made and a fabulous explanation of how and why it explodes

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When I opened the kiln this morning

 

When I opened the kiln this morning here is what I saw:

Opening the kiln – Students work

Impressive isn’t it. This is work from 4 students who spent the weekend with me on a Fusing Extravaganza weekend. This is the second kiln load they produced over the weekend –

not a bad days work from one pure novice and three who had only ever done small amounts of copper-foil work before the weekend started.

Students hard at work

I am so impressed at the wide variety of artistic interpretation and the sheer volume of work they produced.

As for me I really enjoyed myself. I love passing on this knowledge – and I love seeing how engrossed these ladies get and how enamoured they are of glass.

‘Follow-on’ sessions are going well too. My students love the freedom to play with glass while I am on hand to sort out problems, help with technical issues and dispense tea, coffee, biscuits and the occassion sticking plaster.

Last week saw me give my first ‘one-on-one’ session with a stained glass artist who wanted to get into casting. She needed help in making simple models and refractory moulds. She then struck out and attempted some Pate-de-Verre. She made a pretty good effort with a vertical sided mould (bet she is cursing me though).

Student’s first ever Pate-De-Verre

Had I realised that we would get into Pate-de-Verre I would have made a slightly easier mould for her initiation. Still I am proud of what she turned out – I hope she is too.        Roll-on the next course – I just can’t wait. It is so exciting.

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