Modeling Glass Tips and Tricks
Every month I'll be writing about how to use Modeling Glass in your work, and hopefully answering some questions that will help you get the results you want. There's always a learning curve with a new product, and there are considerations working with frit and powder that you don't have when firing sheet glass. There is a full set of FAQs on the Modeling Glass website at . You can also find back issues of all my e-newsletters there!
Coming December 17! Exploring Modeling Glass: Making A Mask
A New Video From
AAE Glass
Just in time for Christmas!! My new instructional video on working with Modeling Glass comes out December 17. This project has been many months in the making, and I'm really proud of how it has turned out. Tanya Veit at AAE Glass hosted the video recording at her great studio/store in Florida. While videographer Tim managed once again to do his on-camera magic, he hasn't yet figured out how to make me look 10 pounds thinner. Get on that, Tim, will ya?

In my November e-news, I talked a bit about how complicated and interesting it is to make a video like this. And imagine how NOT STRESSFUL it is cutting a piece of Tekta into an irregular shape while somebody is filming you. Oh yes, very relaxing. I only had to do two takes, but I had a stack of blanks ready just in case things went sideways.

So why should you consider ordering this video? Even if you never wanted to make a mask (the featured project), this tutorial covers a lot of the basics of working with Modeling Glass, and there are aspects of this project that are common to pretty much everything I do with MG.
I cover tools, mixing, managing colors at different temperatures, controlling shrinkage, working with components, and much more. It's a great primer for how to make 3-dimensional shapes with Modeling Glass. It also features a NEW draping form I designed myself, which is being fabricated by Creative Paradise, but is currently ONLY available through AAE Glass. I'm thrilled to be able to contribute another new tool for glass artists to use. You can learn more about the video and order the draping form here .

I hope you'll check it out, and thank you for being part of the MG crew!
This mask draping form was designed from my original prototype and produced by the great folks at Creative Paradise just for this video project! It's available exclusively through AAE Glass. Order yours HERE today!
This holiday cookie plate is an example of the fun and easy projects you will learn to make in my upcoming e-book,
Exploring Modeling Glass: The Basics and Then Some. Coming in early 2020.
The wintery weather we have here in New Mexico is pretty tame compared to many other places like the east coast, but it still gets cold, and since I live in the mountains, I get my share of snow. I was inspired to capture some snowflakes in glass this year, so I made this 8" x 8" plate. The snowflakes were made from Modeling Glass that I mixed with some gold mica powder. I cut the shapes out by tracing a couple of laser-cut flat wood ornaments that I bought at a craft store. Then I cut the snowflakes out of a sheet of Modeling Glass that I had rolled 3mm thick. After drying and tack-fusing the snowflakes, I used them as stencils while I applied powders to the clear base glass. I then contour-fused the snowflakes onto the top of the full-fused base glass. It turned out to be a really nice holiday cookie plate.

This is just an example of some of the techniques you'll learn in my upcoming e-book, which I'm currently working on. It will be chock full of ways to work with Modeling Glass to achieve effects that are darn near impossible any other way. I won't have it ready by Christmas, but I'm shooting for early 2020, so stay tuned!
In response to various questions that have come from artists working with Modeling Glass, I have updated and expanded the instructions that come with each Starter Kit. There are now guidelines for mixing small batches of Modeling Glass, additional firing schedules, and much more. You can view the updated instructions here. Thanks to everyone who has emailed me with questions, problems, and successes. It's really helped me to know what additional information to provide.
2020 Workshops
This year's workshops were extremely fun, and I'm honored to have been able to instruct so many talented artists in how to work with Modeling Glass. Next year's workshops will feature a different feather, but that's not all you'll learn! We do several projects that help you stretch your imagination and get a grasp of the many ways you can incorporate Modeling Glass into your artwork. In order to do some of my own art and finish other projects that will be informative to Modeling Glass users, I'm doing fewer workshops in 2020. Here is a list of where I'll be teaching and when:
March 13-15 Albuquerque, NM at Hot Flash Glass

April 4 Demo Day at Las Vegas Glass Craft and Bead Expo at D&L Glass Booth

May 15-17 Old Hickory, TN at This Little Light Art Glass

June 4-6 Frederick, MD at Anything in Stained Glass

June 15-17 Bristol, UK at Creative Glass Guild

August 7-9 Ottawa, Canada at Glass eMotions

September 16-18 Denver, CO at D&L Art Glass

October 23-25 Phoenix, AZ at Milkweed Arts
Modeling Glass
This new product was developed by Lois Manno of Glass Bird Studios. It is a two-part system made of a powdered binder and liquid medium that, mixed with frit or powders along with a little water, turns the powder into a material that can be sculpted like clay. It is featured in the workshops she teaches.
Want to purchase Modeling Glass? A list of retailers is available on the website. The list keeps growing, so check back. Ask your glass retailer to add Modeling Glass to their stock if they don't have it!
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