Handibles – Revisited as Wax Drippings

One of the wonderful things about being a student…  no matter how old you get… It really is the kid in the candy shop because you get to try out things.  When you ideas you want to pursue, you get to try them out all over again.

Little blobs of wax waiting for the plaster to be poured

Little blobs of wax waiting for the plaster to be poured

When we want to make sculptures, we can use either wax or clay.  Then, we pour plaster all over the form.  If I have used clay, then I have to pick all of the clay out of the plaster in order to have space in which to melt my glass.  If, on the other hand, I have used wax, I have to steam the wax out.  I love the look of the wax dripping from the plaster and decided to use that to make my next group of handible objects for class.

Up to this point, I have been using coloured glass frit or coloured glass powder–hoping that the small particles would thoroughly melt into my desired form.

This set was fired on October 11, in kiln #5.  Since the firing program was exactly the same as my first firing, I won’t include it this time.

Brightly coloured glass shaped from my wax drippings

The nice thing is that I am feeling more comfortable inputting the program into the computer.

And…other than I am not too impressed with the colours I was using, nothing really bad happened to my pieces in either of the firings for the Handibles project.


About whendidwestart

I am what I consider to be starting my life over. I have been studying art for 2 years and have begun 3 years of glass Crafts & Design in Sheridan College. I am also discovering how much I like to write online--a good thing because applying for scholarships will have one writing a lot of essays. My summer 2010 was about finding the funding to cover my expenses. Whatever I thought my life would be about this past year of school, I never expected to be trying to help 2 daughters in 1st year college when their funding fell short. My summer 2011 became about sitting still long enough to consider the impact of my goals. I look for $$ for supplies and I look for $$ for equipment for when I complete my program. I have a commercial size compressor for running a sandblaster; but no sandblaster. I have a Skutt kiln; but cannot afford the hydro required to fire it up. I have some stained glass and supplies; my program has just had stained glass artist Joseph Cavalieri from New York to input ideas on how we could incorporate what he does to what we do. When I finish here at Sheridan, I expect that I will do mostly cold glass work--stained glass and sandblasting..... Perhaps some work with stone because many of the properties of stone are similar to working with glass! I am also about sharing information with others who want to break from traditional thinking about a lot of things. For example, I have been a Bell Canada since I left home at 15. My Mom used to be a Bell Telephone operator when Bell was the only game in town. My Stepmother and her sister and my sister all worked for MaBell. I once worked for Bell Northern Research and until recently, I thought I would be a Bell customer for life. I am not so certain of that any more. I want to know more about economical phone plans (land & mobile). Are there any out there? I have recently begun to realize that to stay ahead of the game, one would almost have had to study law to understand the significance of a phone plan--no matter what the ads say!
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