Just discovered Bullseye Projects and had to post about it. To many times large companies just lose sight of what they are about and the influence, for the better, that they can have on our younger generation.
I have to applaud Bullseye for this initiative. Watching it gave me goosebumps. Such an opportunity for our youngsters and fantastic to see the arts supported like this.
Here in Australia I have difficulty just getting Bullseye glass and have always been envious of the opportunities in the US. This just makes me even more envious.
If only we could have something like this here in Australia. If anyone from Bullseye reads this and would like to talk to me about starting something similar here I am all ears.
Curiosity finally got the better of me and I just had to test fuse some textured plate-glass. This is the type of glass used in doors, and other areas where privacy is an issue. In fact, the pieces I used came out of an old door I had sitting around under the house for some time.
This is my second attempt in making a sterling silver cabochon ring. As you would have read in part 1, I had trouble attaching the sterling silver disc to a ring band. What learned was that I needed to purchase another tool, a third hand ( this has 2 hands on a mounting plate) so I order it and once I received it I attempted to make the glass cabochon ring again.
The third hand was wonderful to use I could hold everything with this so it left my hands free. It was so much easier to place the disc on the third hand platform and then use both of the hands to hold the band onto the disc.Then I placed solder around the disc and band applied the heat and it all solder wonderfully.
Once I had the ring made I quenched it and used a brassl brush to clean it up. Then I dried it with a clean rag and polished it with the flex shaft and polishing discs.
The next step was to attached the cabochon onto the ring. I used Araldite Ultra Clear glue to attached the cabochon.
After allowing the glue to set I had my ring.
Once I had made the large ring. I decided to also make a small ring with a small glass cab on it as well. Again I made the small rings the same way and as you can see from the picture it all went well. The glass cabochons were all made by Jeff.
I also made a stamped ring, with this ring I made the ring with 1mm sterling silver wire, stamped the small sterling disc before soldering in onto the ring.
In Part 2 of this post I will be covering the slumping process to make the final fused glass bowl. You may remember, this is a 245mm square bowl with a Kawasaki theme. It is made from Bullseye 90 COE glass.
The final bowl turned out fantastic, as you will see.
If you are interested in art glass and how it is made you will love this old video about the process at Bullseye Glass, way back in 1970. I was entranced by the way they throw around molten glass, almost without care, though I am sure they took plenty of care to avoid injury.
You will see footage of Ray Alhgren, Boyce Lundstrom, Daniel Schwoerer, Ruth Brockman, Dave Kohler and others.
‘Kawasaki Dreaming?’ you ask! Well, I needed a reason to try making a theme based bowl. While I could come up with numerous themes, I really wanted to do something for someone that would have great meaning.
I won’t go into the detail about who this was made for, but he does have a collection of Kawasaki motor bikes. I expected that anybody with a collection of Kawasaki motor bikes would have a strong love for the brand and really appreciate something unique and related.
Most of the glass we use here at Rocket Rose Art is Bullseye COE 90. The only exception is a small amount of recycled glass used in some tests. This may change in the future, but for now we will stay with Bullseye.
One of the best things I found about Bullseye is the library of training videos they have online.
Pot melts are a great way to create really interesting slabs of glass with swirls, colour blends, graduations and much more. This glass can then be incorporated into your projects in whatever manner you see fit. So far I haven’t given this a go, but it is on the short list of things to do. Thought you might find this video informative and, as I did, a great inspiration.
A little while back I told my son Mykel I was going to make him a bowl for his new apartment and asked what he would like. Well, if you knew my son you would not be surprised when he asked for a bowl with the entire number for Pi on it, and in a blue theme. Yes, the entire number.
As I am sure you are aware that number is considered to be infinite. I definitely couldn’t make a bowl big enough for that, but not to be beaten I accepted the challenge and did come up with a compromise.
Hey, what do you expect from Rocketman? OK, a cheeseboard is a bit of an anti-climax, but my rockets are in being serviced.
So, until I get my rockets back, I thought I would make a fused glass cheeseboard. Nothing too demanding, but just a little artistic. You could also use it as a small cutting board, a fruit platter and so on.
Yes, I know, ‘sort of’ doesn’t sound too great but this simple project came out of the blue. It really wasn’t planned.
It came about when I looked at a 200mm squarish piece of 6 mm clear Bullseye glass and considered trying to cut it. My previous attempt at cutting 6mm glass didn’t exactly work – it cracked in the wrong place. I need a little practice on that one, so I was a little unsure about cutting it.
Anyway, inspiration hit and I could see a nice cheese board in the square, without cutting. Something simple in design I thought. So undaunted I dived in.
Just recently Ann and myself made a trip to Adelaide in South Australia to see our son Mykel. It has been a few years since we had visited him, and he had purchased a new apartment, so another visit was overdue.
Anyway, on the way we had to pass through a town called West Wyalong in New South Wales. This is a town way out west and not somewhere you expect to find much in the way of glass work. Surprisingly, as we drove into town there was a road side sign for a glass gallery. Well, of course we had to stop and have a look.