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 www.modelingglass.com . You can also find back issues of all my e-newsletters there!
Now Available!
Exploring Modeling Glass: Making A Mask
A New Video From
AAE Glass
In this video, 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 pate de verre bowl 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 More. Coming soon.
Above: only fine fruit was used to make this bowl, which measures 3.5"w x 1.75"h. At right are the three colors of Modeling Glass made with fine frit, using Bullseye White Opal, Red Transparent, and Yellow Transparent. The mixing proportions are the same as with powder.
The final months of 2019 were dedicated to working up prototypes and planning projects for my upcoming e-book, Exploring Modeling Glass: The Basics and More . I now have greater respect than ever for artists like Paul Tarlow who crank out these high-quality e-books like it's nothing. Believe me, this is labor intensive stuff. Not only do you have to figure out what the essential information is to transmit to students, but you have to write clearly, technically, and not miss any steps in a project. Oh, and then you have to take a jillion photos, usually one-handed as you are posing your other hand in the scene with a tool. At least that's my process, as a small shop without handy assistants.

Several people have emailed me asking whether it was possible to mix up Modeling Glass using fine frit instead of powder. Here's the answer: yes!! I have done only a few projects using fine frit, but the results were amazing. Simply mix your batch of Modeling Glass using exactly the same proportions as in the recipe for powder. You need to be a little more careful working with MG made from fine frit, because some of the particles are sharp enough to poke you. My e-book will contain all the steps to make pate de verde bowls like this one!

I'm delighted be one of the artists invited to participate in this pate de verre glass show. Curated by the phenomenal Tali Grinshpan , the lineup of artists includes Alicia Lomne, Carmen Vetter, Christopher Gibson, Demetra Theofanous, Ellen Abbott, Evelyn Gottschall Baker, Fahan Sky McDonagh, Geoffrey Bowton, Linda Ethier, Miri Admoni, Patricia Ludovici, Richard Parrish, Sayaka Suzuki, Susan Longini, and Tali Grinshpan.

  1. Shop online at AbramsClaghornShop.com and go to Current Exhibit starting January 25.
  2. Show Dates : February 1 – 29, 2020
  3. Reception : February 8, 5- 7pm
  4. Gallery Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 10am - 3pm, Closed Monday.
"Calavera Catrina del Mar" and "Winter Woods Mask" are two of the three pieces I will have in the Particles pate de verre show.
2020 Workshops
This year's workshops will feature a different feather than 2019, 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. 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

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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