Today we are lucky enough to get to share with our readers these wonderful fused glass pieces that were made by Danielle Moore from Hanging Valley Art Glass, http://www.hangingvalleyartglass.com. We especially love how Danielle documented, with such excellent photography, every step in her fusing process!
So now in Danielle's words....
I was asked to design a series with sea turtles as a Birthday gift by a dear friend.
I began with starfish; these are starfish 'bodies' scattered about for the large 12" x 12" platter.
Placing starfish on their foreground for measuring the underwater 'beach'.
Once I figured out the size of the 'underwater beach' for the starfish, I cut it and began adding design elements of the reef and turtle shells. This was a 'design' as I went project - what fun!
Progress on the 12" x 12" platter; each piece individually and custom cut to meet 'the vision'.
Love is in the air...I laid the glass sheet on the last previous shot (once the turtles had their heads!) and drew the heart cut out-water shapes on clear green glass.
After cutting the heart shape and water shapes for the ocean water and placing them on the platter blank.
I added baby sea turtles to represent these two love birds children!
I filled in the empty space on the platter with 4 types of fit for extra depth.
Love turtle detail pre-fire.
Fire 1 complete! In this photo, the blank is ready for slumping and is returned to the kiln, sitting on top of the mold that it will relax and take shape.
Finished piece! Love the rainbowy iridescence reflecting in the light - it's electric!
At a different angle, the glass appears quite transparent.
The beginning of the accompanying 8" x 8" plates.
Designing and cutting water.
Love the bubbles going up the sides of the reef! I was not happy with the color of the turtle and eventually traded it out for the black shell with brown legs and head.
Both plates on the kiln shelf and ready for firing!
Almost finished! Another fused, blank ready for slumping. I added the design on the shell before another firing on plate 1.
Fused blank - plate 2.
And...drum roll...final slumped plate 2!
Final plate 1 - the iridescence on this plate took on a smooth, settled water like appearance.
The three piece set! The two turtles on the small plates represent each adult turtle swimming individually. I used the same turtles on the platter, added the 'child' turtles and heart to represent them coming together.