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Some Changes to Rocket Rose Art

Changes to Site

Just want to let everyone, followers and visitors, know about a couple of changes to our website here at Rocket Rose Art.

As there isn’t going to be a newsletter this month, I first just need to let you know about a recent post I made.

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Constructing Part Sheet Platter ‘Sky Tracks’

Blue Fused Glass Sky Tracks

The term ‘fused glass’ really does apply to this project. It uses a ‘selected’ part of a part sheet and virgin (should I use that word) glass to construct a beautiful decorative sling platter.

Ok, I’m using a bit of artistic license here. The term ‘sling’ I use when talking about a platter that is simply a flat rectangular, or square, piece that has been slumped in the middle, like a slung hammock. Am I stretching that artistic license a bit?

Anyway, this platter uses a piece from a part sheet I posted a little while back – A Strip Construction Glass Fusing Part Sheet. I hope you find it interesting.

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Making a Geometric Design Fused Glass Chinese Bowl

Fused Glass Chinese Bowl

This little fused glass bowl started out, in my head, as a very balanced and uniform geometric design, but ended up a lot more random. But I think that’s the beauty of glass art, you can just adapt to your design whims.

At least, to a point. I suppose the glass does dictate a little, but there is so much you can do with glass. More than you may realise.

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My Station for Cold Working Fused Glass

Glass Fusing Cold Working

Can’t say I’m a fan of cold working fused glass. It can be a bit tedious and also a little stressful. But it has to be done and the easier it is, as far as I’m concerned, the better.

So what do you do if you only have a small budget? Well, you make do, a lot. I do have a smaller budget and can’t just buy all those nice things like belt sanders etc, so I had to find a few alternatives. This article is all about how my station for cold working fused glass came about.

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Making a Fused Glass Part Sheet – Black and White

Fused Lass Part Sheet

Fused glass part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your glass art. They can include many colours and complex patterns, but sometimes you just want something simple, like a classic black and white design.

In this tutorial I’ll cover a very simple way to create two versions of a classic black and white fused glass part sheet. One is white on black, the other black on white.

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A Strip Construction Glass Fusing Part Sheet

Strip Construction Part Sheet

Glass fusing part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your pieces. They can be used in so many ways. It all comes down to your creativity.

In this glass fusing tutorial I will cover just one method to make a part sheet. It is simple, but very flexible and gives you many choices as far as colour combinations etc. The method is strip construction.

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Making a Fused Glass ‘Flip It’ Bowl

Fused Glass Bowl

I just love making glass art, and I especially love adding a little something extra to the pieces I make. This fused glass bowl has that litte extra, though it may not be obvious at first glance.

In this fused glass project you may have to look twice to get the message, but it is there and if you make one similar you will love the surprise comments from others when they have a second look.

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Making a Fused Glass Pattern Bar

Fused Glass Pattern Bar

Don’t you just love fused glass pattern bars? They are so versatile. You can slice them up and use them in so many projects. And the possible patterns are endless.

This post shows how I made a simple red, white and blue pattern bar.

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Gemstone Moh’s Hardness Scale

Mohs Hardness Scale

The Moh’s hardness scale refers to scratch hardness. The resistance of one mineral to be scratched by another.

Friedrich Mohs (1773-1839), a Viennese mineralogist, introduced the term scratch hardness. The scale ranges from the softest at 1 through to the hardest at 10. Gemstones with a hardness of 1 and 2 are considered to be soft, from 3 to 5 medium, with 6 and over considered to be hard.

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Cobb & Co Handmade Market Update

Cobb & Co Market

If you didn’t make it to the Cobb & Co Handmade Under the Stars artisan twilight markets, sadly, you missed out on a fantastic evening.

We were at the market last year and were very happy with the event on that occasion. There was a great turn out then, even though it rained, but this year has exceeded our expectations.

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