I have truly learned what it means to create a product. Now anyone can slap some items together and call it a "product", but there are many many trials it must face before any success is to be had. The candle holder has had a huge makeover from the beginning as I refined the process.
How is the glass made? (The current way I make it) Take a thick piece of clear glass (We call it C4) and cut it into a circle. Then its detailed with a design. How are the designs created? I cut a stencil out of MDF wood and dust powdered glass over the surface then delicately lift the stencil off. (Sounds easy, right?) I've had to lay off the coffee for one thing....Not good for my love of coffee...but I have developed a steady hand. Anyway, then the glass is fired once.
I lay it over a mold that has a hole in it, heat the kiln to around 1400 degrees and gravity takes over dropping the glass through the center to create the shape and is carefully observed so the depth is correct!
And Kaboom, you have a candle holder! I should also mention the stands are laser cut steel from a custom stencil and then welded together.
Now how long did product 1 take to get to my current method? Well about 1 year and a new business partner with 9 years experience to guide me. Its been an amazing adventure with MoltenWorks thus far and I am enveloped with excitement to move toward the next phase:
I will be launching my crowd funding in about 2 weeks! To create a fused glass studio in Woodinville wine country offering a sip n' fuse, classes, and create bigger glass pieces up to 30"x72" with a new large kiln.
The real deal and with a fully developed idea. (For those that saw my first crowd funding video I was so excited to launch, I didn't realize I needed more prep time and a fully developed plan and put aside the old campaign to focus on a fresh one!) Erin my new apprentice will also be doing all the videography!
Glass Lingo: Drop firing- The method shown above where gravity is used to 'drop' or mold the glass into a shape.
Thanks all for reading and feel free to comment or contact me directly!