Glassmaking: Morganica (Cynthia Morgan) demonstrates the technical and creative challenges of making art using glass through fused glass, coldworking, and experimentation. Primarily focused on the casting of glass, including pate de verre and reservoir casting, she also discusses less-used kinformed glass techniques such as tack-fusing, kilncarving, and pattern-bar development.

1 11, 2019

Making a silicone mask 3: Change of plans


  Current iteration, as of this writing--subtler ridges, whisker-like set of front nose indentation, and better ear integration. In THIS episode of Making a Silicone Mask: The Rules of Moldmaking #1: The simpler, the better. The fewer stages and components required to create your mold, the fewer opportunities for disaster. #2: The effort required to correct a casting [...]

Making a silicone mask 3: Change of plans2020-11-26T12:53:32-08:00
15 10, 2019

Making a silicone mask 2: Engineering the mold


When they tell that old silicone might not set, they mean it. In this episode: There's many a slip twixt the yup and the ick. Here today, goo tomorrow. A moldmaker and her money are soon parted. Models are easy. Molds are hard. Masks, I was discovering, are even harder. I had a model for Kat's mask. Now [...]

Making a silicone mask 2: Engineering the mold2019-10-15T11:08:34-07:00
13 10, 2019

Who was that masked woman? (making a silicone mask, part I: designing)


Final maquette for Kaitlyn's mask After two decades--and a LOT of wasted silicone--I've gotten pretty good at building durable, well-engineered silicone molds for glass casting. I should be able to make a custom silicone mask, right? We'll see. My friend Kaitlyn (Kat) is making a Halloween costume depicting the probable offspring of Batman and Catwoman (who apparently met [...]

Who was that masked woman? (making a silicone mask, part I: designing)2019-10-15T10:29:41-07:00
8 06, 2019

Wazer update: Getting deeper into the machine


We're a few months down the road with the Wazer waterjet cutter. I thought an update was due but--apologies--we are nowhere near as far along with learning/using this machine as I thought we'd be. Thank unrealistic expectations for the lapse: I tend to shoehorn 40 hours worth of work into a 24-hour day that includes cleaning up the studio, learning [...]

Wazer update: Getting deeper into the machine2019-06-10T17:33:30-07:00
14 01, 2019

Wazer review: The prodigal desktop waterjet finally arrives


Reviewing the Wazer desktop waterjet cutter, Cynthia and her friend Bob Heath find it's a powerful, probably revolutionary tool but also expensive to buy or run, has a steepish learning curve, and a few other challenges along the way.

Wazer review: The prodigal desktop waterjet finally arrives2020-11-26T12:53:26-08:00
20 11, 2018

Studio practice makes perfect (or not)


I almost titled this post "losing my religion." I've never, in my whole life, had writer's block, or lacked for art ideas. Quite the opposite: No sooner do I start work on one idea than the next pounds on the door, demanding to kick my current project to the curb. Lovely problem to have, but it makes actually FINISHING a [...]

Studio practice makes perfect (or not)2018-11-19T16:04:23-08:00
10 10, 2017

I think I’m in love…with my bathroom


Some people dream of finding the right lover. I dream of finding the right bathroom. So when, after spending months in a construction zone, I got to shower in my brand new bathroom for my birthday, was a glorious day. It really was a birthday present. Nathan-the-resident-carpenter dropped everything to ensure that, on my natal day, plumbing was working [...]

I think I’m in love…with my bathroom2020-10-06T07:36:12-07:00
29 07, 2017

Frit volume: Weighing’s best


The first time I packed frit into a mold I learned the difference between the volume of frit and the FIRED volume of frit. Even so, when you're casting or fusing with frit, the level of shrinkage can be disconcerting. Here is an example. Fill up a test mold to the brim with powder, tamp it down tightly so that [...]

Frit volume: Weighing’s best2020-03-02T07:45:25-08:00
29 07, 2017

Look, Ma!! No infrastructure! (WeedsBasket)


Hypothesis: A glass framework stabilizes a tack-fused stringer construction, requiring fewer stringers (and likely fewer firings). Background: I'm having a fair amount of success with tack-fused stringer projects that build on a glass support structure. Since the support framework is tedious to construct, I'm wondering if it's really contributing enough to be worth doing. Test: Make a stringer vessel without [...]

Look, Ma!! No infrastructure! (WeedsBasket)2020-03-02T07:45:26-08:00
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