There are so many great artists out there and I found a facebook page a while back called Fused Glass Fanatics. The folks on there are always posting these wonderful pieces they have made or are working on. One of the techniques I have seen alot of on there is something called pot melts or screen melts.
A year or so ago I had purchased some stainless steel mesh in order to do some screen melts, but I never got around to it. And I really wasn't sure what I would do with the resulting melt, either. After quietly paying attention to what others are doing, I finally decided to put my mesh to the test.
So what you are seeing here is 2 layers of the metal screen layed offset on top of one another. That is set on top of 5" high kiln posts. Centered on top of the screen is 3 lbs. of glass pieces carefully stacked to create a nice blend in the final melt. Below the glass is a stainless steel square ring lined with kiln fiber paper. This will hold and contain the melting glass.
So, it is a very long kiln firing to accomplish this. And much hotter than I normally fire anything to. So waiting and hoping was like pulling teeth.
You can't see it in the pile of glass, but there is one layer of small pieces of black glass. And while I actually love the final melt, it is much darker than I was hoping. Black goes a LONG way.
And see all that bluish area? No, I did not have blue in the glass at all. I had clear, white, transparent amber and that bit of black. I am thinking that one of two things happened - one of the glass colors reacted to the metal OR the black mixed with something to give it that milky blue look. Either way, as I said, I love the result.
So this pieces is 8 x 8" and about 1/2" thick. I plan to cut it up on my brand new glass cutting tile saw and use those pieces in other finished work. I'm sure you will see it pop up soon.
On to the next melt! This time -- no black.