Glass Blown "Fish Out of Water" Sculpture
Zion Warne shows how to sculpt this glass blown "Fish Out of Water" sculpture.
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Zion Warne's first foray into creativity was as a potter. But as he dabbled in a variety of mediums, glass caught his eye. He took his first glass blowing class and it was a match made in heaven.
Materials and Tools:
furnace to heat glass to more than 2000 degrees
frit (ground glass in various colors) in metal loaf pans
scrap piece of fabric
2 cork paddles
1. Gather heated glass from the furnace on the end of a blow pipe. Roll it on the marver table to shape and cool.
2. Blow a bubble into the glass. Roll it again on the marver table. Roll the glass in white glass chips and heat it in the furnace. Remove the glass from the furnace and push it into an object mold to create ridges. Let it remain in the mold for one minute. Remove the glass from the mold.
3. Sprinkle black powdered glass through a sieve onto the glass, twisting the glass while applying the powder. Remove the excess powder from the glass using a scrap piece of fabric. The black will settle in the ridges.
4. Heat the glass in the furnace and roll it on the marver table, twisting it to make a pattern. Heat the glass in the furnace again and plunge it in the mold one more time. Remove the glass from the mold. Now the fish has scales.
5. Hook the blow tube onto the blow pipe. This allows you to blow air into the glass when the blow pipe is in any position.
6. Heat the glass in the furnace and hang the blow pipe from a steel support letting the glass hang toward the floor. Flatten the glass by squeezing it between two cork paddles.
7. Heat the glass in the furnace and pull it out with tweezers at four spots for the fins.
8. Heat the tips that were pulled out with a hand torch and cut them off.
9. Place the pre-made eyes in position on the fish and heat it in the furnace.
10. Heat a punty rod in the furnace and connect it to the back of the fish. Tap off the blow pipe.
11. Heat the head of the fish and shape the mouth with tweezers.
12. Gather some glass on a rod and heat it in the furnace. Roll it in white glass and heat it again. Apply the pieces to each side of the fish for gills. Cut off excess glass and pull them into shape with tweezers. Place it into the annealing kiln.
13. To make the green coral, gather heated glass from the furnace on a blow pipe. Blow a bubble into the glass. Roll it on the marver table. Roll the glass in green glass frit. Heat the glass in the furnace.
14. Grab the end of the glass with diamond shears and stretch it out to the desired diameter. Let it cool.
15. Cut the glass into small lengths with snips. Place it in the annealing kiln.
16. To make the red coral, follow the same procedure as the green coral, making the diameter of the glass larger and using red frit. Place the glass into the annealing kiln.
17. To make the yellow coral flower (or red), gather heated glass from the furnace on a punty rod. Roll the heated glass in yellow frit. Shape it on the marver table. Heat it in the furnace. Press the end of the glass on the marver table to flatten it into a circle.
18. Cut slits around the circle with glass cutting scissors to give it a flowery shape. Heat it again in the furnace. Swing it on the end of the rod to shape it.
19. Cut the coral twice down the middle. Cut it off the rod. Place the coral flower in the kiln.
20. Gather heated glass from the furnace on a punty rod to form the coral cluster. Pick up the rods of coral from the kiln and heat them until they're molten. Move them around with diamond shears to the desired shape. Cut the coral clusters off the rod and place them back in the kiln.
21. To make the base, gather heated glass from the furnace. Roll it in sand-colored frit. Heat again in the furnace and flatten the glass on the marver table into a circle.
22. Roll the glass circle back and forth in wet newspapers held by hand. Heat the top side of the base circle with a hand torch. Pick up the clump of green glass from the kiln with diamond shears and attach it to the top of the base. Heat the base in the furnace.
23. Repeat the process for all clumps of coral.
24. Attach the warm fish from the kiln to the top of a molten section of coral.
25. Once everything is stuck together, put a drop of water on the glass to break off the rod. Tap the rod to get glass to break off.
26. Place the glass blown "Fish Out of Water" sculpture in the kiln overnight to cool evenly.
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