Fusing real flowers and leaves
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- July 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm #9453karablueParticipant
I have seen real leaves fused between layers of clear glass without the leaves burning off. Does anyone know how this is done? I have tried seashells and they burned off too.
ThanksJuly 27, 2010 at 12:16 am #11687confoundParticipant
There was a tutorial on this at the Dick Blick web site but I don’t if it is still there some where under teaching. I wasn’t too successful with it. My plant would turn out part white part black. The trick is not to do a full fuse. If you fuse it too much you will end up with a really big air bubble.July 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm #11688DuchessParticipant
I did this in a class one week ago. Choose flat not too fleshy leaves such as ivy, maple leaves, fern frond, etc. Place the leaf directly on the kiln shelf and cover w/clear glass. Fire. When completely cool carefully lift the glass straight up and turn leaf side up. Don’t touch or breathe on it or the image will blow away. Place a second piece of glass on top and fire once again. Make certain that the leaf doesn’t extend more than a 1/4 to the edges of the glass or the two pieces of glass will not seal. Good Luck.July 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm #116891-big-dogParticipant
Here is a link to the “Glass Fossils” instructions at Dick Blick:
However, please note that this process DOES burn away the leaf or flower,
it just leaves a carbon footprint of it. I would not know how to embed a real
leaf or flower, because at the temperature of melting glass, everything with
living tissue is going to burn. I have, however, seen people who have made
flowers with a torch (and a heavy dose of skill) and then embedded those
glass items into a large block of clear glass. Maybe that is what you have seen?
Regards, TomAugust 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm #11686karablueParticipant
Thank you for the tips. Does the leaf stay green then? I will try it.
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