A year ago, with Thanksgiving approaching, I decided to make a decorative fused glass plate for my kitchen.
- Grapes: Transparent Glass full fused to make 1/2 inch pebbles.
- Corn: Varied pieces and colors of glass full fused to make small pebbles.
- Cornucopia (streaky tan) and Pumpkin (streaky orange) opaque pieces heat polished (1300º F) to smooth the edges, transparent amber fine frit between each piece prior to fusing the plate.
- Words: Photo Transfer Paper, Delphi Glass
- Light Contour Fused (1325º F) to create plate.
All went well until I placed the glass in a ceramic mold to slump it into a plate form.
Unknown to me, the contractor that was doing some work in our family room shut off the power to a few circuits. The power to my kiln was interrupted and when I returned from work and opened the kiln, my plate had cracked. Bummer!
Unfortunately, this meant that my plate was not ready for Thanksgiving last year.
So… back to cutting and heat fusing.
This time, all went well and I now have a plate to display for Thanksgiving this year.
To salvage the cracked glass, I broke it into smaller pieces, pot melted the pieces and made a beautiful melt plate.
In honor of our American Independence Day, I am posting a picture of a glass plate that I made which combines two of my favorite crafts, quilting and fused glass.
The design is based upon the Friendship Block. The pattern is two of these blocks of different sizes superimposed upon one another to make a single block.
It is possible that the resulting block design has another name. If so, I am unaware of it.
- Spectrum Blue and Clear Wispy Coe 96 glass, cut to match pattern
- Uroboros Clear and White Streaky Coe 96 glass, cut to match pattern
- Uroboros Clear and Grenadine Coe 96 glass, cut to match pattern
- Clear Coe 96 glass, 7″ x 7″
- 7″ plate mold
Yes, I know, I am not Greek Orthodox, nor am I from any of the countries that observe Orthodox Easter. But, since we were traveling last Sunday, we had our Easter celebration today. And, since Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, shouldn’t we celebrate every day of the year!
He is risen indeed. Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Prior to leaving for Spring Break, I spent some time making an Easter plate for my kitchen plate holder. I think it turned out really well.
The creation of this plate involved several steps:
- Base of plate
- Bottom glass – clear layer of glass measuring just under 7″ square
- Top glass – medium blue outer border 1/2″ wide, green noodle (standing on edge) and varied sized pieces of variety of transparent blue glass in a patchwork pattern
- Light amber glass cut in 5/8″ strips to make the base of the cross
- 7″ square stainless steel form, lined with shelf paper
- Full fused
- Pieces of purple transparent medium frit to make grapes full fused (visible on the right side of the stainless steel form in the photo above)
- Green noodles and stringer, bent by holding the glass in the flame of a soldering torch
- Dove and dove wing cut from thin iridescent white glass
- Leaves cut from thin green glass
- Cross cut from dark amber glass, slumped over 1/8″ fiber paper to be able to “weave” the glass
- Cross, dove, vines and grapes place onto base glass and light contour fused to the plate
- Slump in a plate mold.
Today is my parents 60th anniversary. To honor them, here is the newspaper announcement and video I made for them. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
Wed on December 28, 1957, Gordon and Sheila Delzer will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Gordon and Sheila first met in a barn, being introduce to each other by her father. A few weeks later, the couple of dates later, a few intervening incidences with another beau and they were engaged. Their marriage was officiated by Pastor Zarling in Harland, Wisconsin.
They are the parents of four children: Richard, Joyce (Brian), Pamela (Keith) and Andrew (Nancy). Their lives have been blessed with twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who live in various locations coast-to-coast.
The majority of their years were spent living in Watertown and Waupun, Wisconsin. Gordon’s career as a semi driver lasted over 40 years. Sheila worked as a machinist and in direct sales. After raising their family, Sheila received her degree in Education from UW-Oshkosh and taught special needs children at the middle school in Ripon Wisconsin for many years.
In retirement, they have gone on the help many in the communities around them. They served as missionaries at various location for over ten years. Their involvement with Mission America Placement Services (MAPS) took them to California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and their home state of Wisconsin.
The couple now reside in Sun City, Arizona enjoying the sunshine and snow-free life of retirement raising peaches, oranges and other citrus.
Today we celebrate the birth of our King, Jesus. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for who he is, all he has done and his great love for us. Yes, Christmas is a special time of year here at the Erickson house. Merry Christmas to everyone!
A Christmas Craft – Fused Glass Ornaments
A Christmas Recipe – Cranberry Honey Butter
1 cup salted butter, softened
1/3 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbs orange peel
Beat together all ingredients and divide into jars. Store refrigerated. Enjoy!