Like wispy arms sprouting vicariously from the ocean floor this coral bowl is an extraordinary piece.
Fill it with fruit, any decorative items or simply leave it unadorned as an outstanding centerpiece.
Although it looks extremely complex with its delicate beauty it is really quite effortless to achieve.
When looking for the delicate beauty of coral reefs for any nautical decor or beach decor this coral piece will definitely be an enormous hit.
It can be designed to fit any furnishings by simply choosing the appropriate color.
Mixing colors adds to the mystic aspects of the piece.
Use the piece to make a bold statement or a soft enhancement to your interior decoration, depending on the colors selected.
Before beginning your project determine the size you want to achieve.
Pick out a stainless steel bowl to use as your mold.
Be sure it has the shape you want to achieve.
Measure the mold from one edge over the bottom of the mold and to the other side.
This is the side of the mold that you are going to be slumping over.
My mold measured seven inches, therefore my strips will be cut ¼ inch wide by seven inches.
2-3 various glass colors
Glass cleaner of choice
Glass saw or glass cutter
Stainless Steel Mold
Peep hole plug
Old cookie sheet
1. Select your desired glass. In this particular bowl I have used an iridescent and transparent glass for the branches on the coral bowl.
2. Determine the size of the coral bowl you are going to make. This will depend on the mold.
3. I have selected a stainless steel mold. Measure the mold from one edge over the bottom of the mold and to the other side. This is the side of the mold that you are going to be slumping over. My mold measured seven inches.
4. Using a glass saw or glass cutter, cut ¼ inch strips to the appropriate size, which in my case was seven inches. You are going to want a lot of strips.
5. Clean and dry all of the pieces.
6. Arrange glass on a prepared kiln shelf. I prepare my shelf with kiln paper. Start by crisscrossing two of the pieces so that you can determine the center of the piece. This is usually done with a stick from each color. Add a few more of the piece to give the center some strength. Pieces can be broken to fill in any areas.
7. Shut the kiln lid or door. Switch on the unit.
8. Take the piece up to 1000 degrees and hold for about 10 minutes. Then continue to a full fuse at about 1450 degrees Fahrenheit with a hold for about 10 minutes.
9. After annealing, cool to room temperature and remove shelf from kiln.
10. This is the time where you add the final twigs. Fill in any areas that seem empty or sparse. Break strips and overlap them to produce holes in the piece and to add more overlapping branches.
11. Once you have your desired look place the shelf carefully back inside the kiln.
12. Take the piece up slowly at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit per hour until you reach 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and hold at that temperature for about 10 minutes.
13. Continue heating the glass until you reach a full fuse at about 1450 degrees Fahrenheit and hold the piece for about 10 to 20 minutes.
14. Anneal and cool the glass to room temperature.
15. Check to see that you are satisfied with the placement of the strips and if needed add more and continue from step 12 of the directions.
16. Prepare the stainless steel bowl mold. Place mold on something to support it. I placed my mold on a peep hole plug so that it was not sitting flat on my old cookie sheet.
17. Heat mold in oven until it reaches about 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
18. Coat mold with an even layer of kiln wash and return to oven to reheat. Continue doing this until you have a nice even coating of about 4 layers on the mold. Allow it to cool and dry.
19. Prepare your kiln shelf with fresh kiln paper and place mold on peep hole plug inside kiln.
20. Place fused strips on the mold. Be sure to center the piece as much as possible. Since it is sitting on the mold and the mold is lifted by the peep hole plug if any glass should run down further on the mold it won’t end up on the kiln shelf.
21. Close kiln and turn on the unit.
22. Bring piece up at about 300 degrees Fahrenheit until it reaches a temperature of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Hold glass at this temperature for about 10 minutes.
23. Continue to heat kiln to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and hold for 10 minutes.
24. Anneal and cool glass to room temperature before removing the finished coral bowl.
The coral bowl used in the demonstration pictures was accomplished by using a clear art glass.
This a piece of clear stained glass that was cut into strips to make the demonstration coral bowl.
Since the COE is unknown the bowl was made using all the strips from the same piece of glass.
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