The Glass Prize 2017
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Name of Work:"Off Waddled The Peacock"
Third Line:Bullseye Glass Primary Education
Fourth Line:2017

"Off Waddled The Peacock"

My name is Angelina and I am 9 years old and I made this peacock.  What initially inspired me to create a peacock was an off-cut piece of rainbowy dichroic on black glass, that I saw, which had been cut into a fan shape.  Also, I had recently seen a beautiful peacock at a hotel whilst we were on holiday and its shining, colourful feathers, reminded me of the similarity with dichroic glass, so I just had to create a peacock for this competition!  All of the dichroic glass of the peacock's feathers is capped.  It is difficult to see from the photograph, but it shines with deep rainbow colours underneath.  Particularly Royal blue, deep purple, teal and turquoise. I sectioned it by alternating the use of clear Bullseye glass strips and fine clear frit to cap the dichroic glass.  I then made an 'eye' at the top of each section, using clear glass, frit, dots, gold mica flakes and Glassline pen.  I then used stringers to make the spines of the feathers and drew on the rest of the feathers with Glassline pens. One of the last things I did was to create grass by using lots of green frit and creating more grass and stems for flowers by using stringers, which I had melted with a candle, to make the wavy shapes and pointed ends.  I am particularly proud of the copper foil flower I made using a flower-shaped punch.  I really like the way that the copper has reacted with the French Vanilla glass, giving it a burnt halo effect and turning it grey, also the copper has cooked the glass dot centre, turning it from bright yellow to a deep orange-brown.  I love to see fun things happen once I have kiln-fired something!  My peacock is going for a waddle, on a bright summers day, into a field of funky flowers.'

Type of glass used: Bullseye sheet glass, frit, dots, stringers, various dichroics, copper foil, mica and Glassline pens used over and under capped dichroic glass.

Type of kiln used: Skutt Hotstart Pro

United Kingdom