The creation of
Circle of Life
by Melanie Rowe
and Leslie Rowe-Israelson

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Circle of Life
Microcrystalline Wax
Mold-Mix 6
Bullseye Frit and Billets
The wax is made up of many pounds of microcrystaline wax.
Sculpted little molds are attached and formed until
the whole piece is built up into the design.
This process took almost a year.
The wax is covered with Mold Mix 6 - approximately 1/16th of an inch on the inner parts so that the glass can shrink while cooling, and about an 1/8th of an inch everywhere else. You can see the vent holes all the way from top to bottom. Because the bowl on top was very whimsical I really was hoping that would have turned out. I had to get a little creative with the "cap" which My twin I and figured out you have to create to put sand up inside the vessel or you will blow a hole right through when the glass melts. It is alittle complicated but worked well. Unfortunately the mold was too big and it was too low in the kiln and the glass did not run well enough. I also had too much sand in the bottom and it did not create even heating.
The first firing was 20 days and I believe the power went out at about 400 degrees. So I took 32 hours to bring it back up to 1550, held it for 5 more hours and then did the whole schedule again. You just cannot imagine the sadness when I had to leave the studio after day about 35 and the power went out again. When I got back, I realized that my fears where real. ughhh!!!! It could have been so lovely. But the bowl part is not fused and has a crack in it anyways so it is meant to be.
The glass is not cleaned yet and the mold material is still on the bottom of the glass . It is opal olive green on the base and mold material likes to stick to opal if you do not put enough mold release on it. I use shelf primer - 5 parts water, 1 part shelp primer. I should have put more shelf primer in this area, but I did not. The rest did not stick even on the second firing.
In the last picture, I have cleaned my sorrow piece and it does show the opal olive green at the base but you can now see how the bowl has now broken. hmmm!!!!

 

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