Make a Feathered Glass Sculpture

Discover a unique take on glass feathering — encasing the colors inside (instead of outside) a glass sculpture.

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6. Place a drop of water is on the jack line. Break the piece free of the original blowpipe with a pair of large tweezers.

7. Gather additional glass so that the interior bubble design appears to be floating and surrounded by clear glass.

8. Wrap trails of color down the piece. Heated and shape bits of solid color, that have been preheated in an annealing oven, on thin metal punties. Wrap these five-feet long metal colored punties around the glass (Image 1).

9. Feed the color onto the glass piece by touching the hot color to the bullet-shaped glass on the original punty (Image 2).

10. Heat the glass and use a metal pick to rake the glass into a feathered pattern. This is similar to using a knife when creating swirl stripes of icing onto a cake.

11. Attach a separate punty with a hot glass bit on the bottom and apply water to a jack line to detach it from the first metal rod. Again, the design is floating and the axis of the piece is changed. Gather more glass.

12. Using a wooden block and a mitt made from wet newspaper, shape the final sculpture. The piece may also be shaped on a marver, a metal table. Roll the glass sculpture on the flat surface of the marver to shape and cool the glass. Squeeze down a final jack line.

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