Jun 292013
 

liquid 1736
Today is the first day of my two week “staycation.” While there are plenty of things that I want to do/see on my list, today was a quiet day… we went out for a brunch at a Mexican place down the street and had Huevos Rancheros. We are in the midst of a heat wave (temperatures were about 114F when we went to brunch and reached 120F at 5pm)… and this lemonade sure hit the spot!

Jan 212013
 

purple 1668I love old bottles and have a small collection which I mostly found myself years ago. These bottle likely started out as clear color but with exposure to sunlight turned “sun-purpled”  or amethyst. As I look at my own collection, I see that I don’t have any bottles this color.  I may have to buy one the next time I pass this booth, they had hundreds of purple bottles…

 

Jan 172011
 

I thought it would be fun to put the whole story together in one picture.  This whole project from start to finish, took only 30 minutes.

If this is your starting point… you can jump back to the first photo and see each image individually and by theme.

All photos were taken without a tripod… just handheld.   I also had the camera set in P mode the majority of the time… although I did experiment, I believe the photos that I used for this exercise were when I had the camera in P mode.

All photos were run through Topaz DeJpeg and then minor adjustments made in Aperture.   This particular photo was put together in PSE.

The glassblower’s name is Jason Kimmel at www.ForestLampworking.com

Jan 172011
 

ISO 80; f/5; 1/30; 56mm (Canon SX10)

The Glass Blower still had two more things to do finish this glass pendant.  As you can see here, he added five dots to the side of the pendant and a glass fastener loop at the top so that chain or string could be used to hand the pendant.  (He told me the technical name of this piece but I forgot it!)

Jan 172011
 

ISO 80; f/5; 1/400; 63.6mm (Canon SX10)

After watching the glass blower work for about 20 minutes and seeing him apply more and  more glass, but having no idea of how it would turn out, I was completely amazed to see this piece as he examined it in full sunlight.  He said that this piece was perfect and he was pleased that he would have to take no extra steps to cover up imperfections.  I just found the end result amazing!

Jan 172011
 

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/60; 100mm (Canon SX10)

This piece is really starting to shape up now… we can finally see it turning into an orb.

Here you can see how he shapes the glass into the orb shape:

ISO 80; f/5; 1/25; 73mm (Canon SX10 handheld)

Jan 172011
 

ISO 80; f/5; 1/30; 59.2mm (Canon SX10)

After melting the red, he then started to put these points of gray on the glass piece.  Note that he is now using the upper flame which is more narrow or pointed.

Below you can see the pointed gray pieces starting to melt and blend with the rest of the glass piece:

ISO 80; f/5.7; 1/50; 100mm (Canon SX10 hand held)

I like this shot because you can see the glitter layer up in the middle of the glass piece.  You will understand what I mean by this when you see the finished product.