Flameworking: Creating Glass Beads, Sculptures & Functional Objects

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Lark Books, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 174 pages
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You can easily form beads, candlesticks, and art objects from just a rod of cold glass and a torch. Heat it, manipulate it a bit, and almost instantaneously beautiful and new figures emerge from the fire. That's flameworking. A top teacher of the craft explains how to do it all, providing exactly the same information and exercises she gives her beginner's workshops. Lavish illustrations capture the entire artistic process. Look into the different types of glass to choose from, and find out how to melt a ball at different points of the rod; flatten it into a disc; and shape it into hearts, wings, butterflies, and the moon. Turn those designs into jewelry, hanging sculptures, and stirrers. The results are amazing!
 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Step-by-step instructions for borosilicate glassworking. Easy to understand but pretty far over my skill level. I did pick up some tips I think will work on soft glass, though. Read full review

Contents

Introduction 6
Glass Basics 8
Setting Up Your Studio 13
Healing Devit Creases and Cracks 23
Glass Rods and Tubing 33
The Exercises 34
Making Gathers Experimenting with Gravity and Fusing Rods 39
Making a Leaf and Variations 45
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The Projects 98
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Versatile Plant Stakes 100
iv
Flowers with Leaves and Stems 104
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Colorful Suncatcher 108
xi
Kinetic Leaf Mobile 112
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Candlestick with Transitional Shapes 115
xviii
Decorative Glass Candies 121
xxiv
Beads as Glass Sculpture 127
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Embellishing Leaves 53
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Making Marias and Transitional Shapes 61
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Casing a Clear Rod with Color 64
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Making a Heart Shape 68
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Making a Fish Shape with Frit Color 72
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Making a Flower 78
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Working with Tubing 89
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Making a Candleholder 94
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Tall Candlestick with Fish Motif 134
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Heart Wall Sculpture 139
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Flower Candleholder 144
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Fish Sculpture 149
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Gallery 154
19
Glossary 172
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