Mosaics meet Fusing with colorful results
It all started with a request from a friend and member of our church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Greensboro. At the Deck the Halls event last December (remember when we had craft shows?), Bonnie allowed as how she had gotten a glass cross from a relative and it had inadvertently been broken. Could we possibly fix it, or if not, refabricate it. We were able to execute repairs and when we returned the piece, she asked if we could make some more like it. The piece was made from chips of transparent, multicolored glass fused on to a clear base, with space between, so that the clear showed through almost like grout in a traditional mosaic piece. We have seen the process before, and refer to the technique as “fusaic.” We don’t know what other crafters call it. But when used for this iconic symbolic shape, the result was dramatic and effective.
Like most “new” ideas, we tend to build on previous work, and at Darion we soon began to explore other symbols using the same process. The Peace sign from the turbulent 60’s seemed to be a natural, and that was our next foray. The circular shape presented some challenges, and after some experimentation, arrived at both open and solid options. Our first peace symbol was released and sold through Freehand Market.
The next step in our ongoing process was ushered in when we began the ETC… Logo pieces (see post “A New Partner …). One version of the borders for the engraved pieces used the same technique with again successful results. These pieces now reside with a number of alumni.
So now I have cups of fusible tesserae in 9 different colors, cut and chipped into small pieces and can apply them as a border, or a full covering of an item. We found a use for scrap – even very small pieces. And we remain open to new ideas for what we can do with our scrap chips. Suggestions?
Now Marion predicted that the title of this post dated me (true) and that few people would get the reference. But movie references are a frequent source of humor around here, and one to a movie about an aging teacher was too hard to pass up. So what if it was released in 1939 – that was a very good year.