Halloween is lurking right around the corner. Invite this lively mummy plate into your home and you’ll have the perfect addition to your spooky decor. In my home, our Mummy offers the family a sweet reminder that they’re loved with, Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses.
It’s so simple, but this whimsical mummy plate is one of my favorite pieces of fused glass art. I love the construction simplicity and the freedom to create on a whim.
I made this mummy at a time when I was in the middle of several intense projects that required a lot of attention. One particular day I went out to my studio with the intention of working on a laborious commission. My creative spirit took flight and suddenly I was cutting a sheet of white glass into random scrap pieces. It was as if I was possessed by a need to just have fun and rekindle the joy and peacefulness that come with spontaneous creating. You could say I was haunted by my empty kiln. Or, you could say I was procrastinating. Both are likely true. Whatever the spark, on that crisp autumn day I sang while I cut glass, and a happy artist is always a wonderful thing.
Make your season cheerful. I hope making this seasonal dish brings you unbridled joy. The same thrill it brought me that year, and the pleasure it brings again this year.
How to make the Mummy plate.
Cut the black base glass to 7 in x 14 inch and set aside. Cut several 8 to 9 inch long wedge shaped strips out of white glass. Make some of the strips wide and some narrow for a nice variety of shapes to pick from when you’re assembling the mummy.
Make the mummy’s eyes.
Cut 2 small ¼ inch size squares of white glass. Cut 2 small 1/8 inch size squares of dichroic on black glass. Stack the dichroic on the white. Fire the 2 pieces to a full fuse temperature using the guide below. The small pieces will ball up when fired giving you 2 bright round eyes for your mummy.
Arrange the white strips on the black base. It’s okay if you have narrow gaps. The black glass will show through adding extra detail to the finished plate. It’s also okay if the white strips hang over the black base. Just arrange the pieces to make a pleasing random pattern.
Decide where you want to place the mummy’s eyes. Cut a piece of clear glass to cover the black base in that area. Arrange the white strips around the clear glass. continue to place white strips on the black base until it’s covered.
Once the base is covered lay a ruler along one edge. Using a maker, draw a line to indicate where to cut the excess white glass away. Cut the excess glass off the first side. Then draw a line on the opposite side and cut the excess glass off so the white strips match the size and shape of the black base glass below.
For a festive pop of color, cut opal orange stringers to size and then tuck them between the white strips.
Make the spider.
Using a candle, bend black stingers to make the spider’s legs. Cut a small pear shaped spider body out of dichroic glass on black. Nip the bent stringers to size. Arrange the spider legs and body on the white glass. Hold the spider pieces in place with a tiny bit of fuser’s glue.
Fire the assembled project to a full fuse temperature using the guide below.
Slump the fused project in a shallow plate mold using the guide below.
Hugs and Kisses from Your Mummy Glass & Materials
7 x 14 Inch Plate
Black glass, 1 1/2 sq. ft., for base layer
White glass, 1 ½ sq. ft., for mummy
Clear glass, scrap for eyes
Orange opal stringers, for accents
Black stringers, for spider legs
Dichroic scrap, for spider
7 ½ inch x 15 inch slumping mold
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1300 hold 30 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 500F/hr to 1465 hold 10 min.
Segment 3: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 hold 40 min.
Segment 4: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible
Segment 1: Ramp 300 F/hr to 1265 hold 10 min.
Segment 2: Ramp 9999(AFAP*) to 960 hold 40 min.
Segment 3: Cool to room temperature.
*As fast as possible
NOTE: Kilns fire differently. Test fire these guides in your kiln and then adjust as needed.
Watch the New Hugs and Kisses From Your Mummy video here https://youtu.be/ZUccNVy7hIw
Lay out your candy carrying Mummy proudly. Display it in a place of prominence where it’s spooky presence reminds you to have fun and enjoy the unbridled joy of creating with glass.
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Lustrous Lanterns Webinar November 17, 2020
Light up with me! Create colorful luminaries to brighten your home, office, porch, or anywhere else you’d enjoy the comforting glow of a dazzling accent light.
In this comprehensive live event, I’ll show you how to make 6 sparkling fused glass lanterns. You’ll learn how easily you can construct and build stunning 3-D lamps. I’ll guide you step-by-step through the many stages of construction, including pattern preparation, glass cutting, project assembly, fusing, slumping, and how to “cold fuse” the lanterns together.
You’ll also be shown how to finish the lanterns with custom, professional quality glass display bases. In addition, I’ll share how to utilize ready-made clear glass candle shelters to make fast and easy pick-me-ups. I’ll also show several quick and simple methods for lighting your beautiful new creations. Along with detailed instruction, you’ll receive 6 full-size lantern patterns, my project-specific firing guides, and supply list.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced glass fusers alike will love the wide variety of unique shapes and elegant new patterns, custom designed to enrich any décor. Join me to rekindle your creative spark with lustrous lanterns designed to set your artistic imagination aglow.
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Sculptural Fused Glass, 4-Day, Hands-on Workshop February 9-12, 2021
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Wesley Chapel, Florida, 4-Day, Hands-on, Class size is limited.
This is the turning-point workshop you’ve been waiting for.
It’s hard to describe what it’s like when I’m feeling the creative flow. Time flies. Hours pass in what I thought were minutes. My naturally distracted mind is focused on what my hands are doing, and nothing else. I get lost in my own world. When I return to reality, I feel rejuvenated and spiritually uplifted. That’s why I like sharing my studio space with others. I try to give them that experience and hope they feel the same inspiration and fulfillment I do. -Lisa
This class is for you! Any skill level can attend. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students alike will learn how to advance their glass fusing skills and expand their artistic style.
Join me and I’ll show you all the pro tips and tricks I use to make stunning 3-dimnesional art. You’ll learn how to combine advanced techniques in new ways to create extraordinary sculptural pieces of art.
You’ll leave class with several completed glass sculptures, my custom firing guides and a deeper understanding of sculptural fused glass fabrication. You’ll have the knowledge, confidence, and inspiration you’ve been craving to take your artwork to the next level.
Materials are included, that’s a $150.00 value!
Here’s what the students from my recent September 2020 class are saying about the workshop.
“My favorite part about the class was the non-stop building and the generous amount of materials available.” -Christine
“My favorite part about the class was the variety of projects we made.” -Monica
“What surprised me about the class was how full the schedule was. Usually, you do 1 project. We did 5 in 4 days.” -Christine
“What surprised me was the number of projects we completed.” -Monica
“Thank you so much for your generosity.” – Christine
“Awesome experience – will come again in the future.” Monica
Did you feel comfortable with the classroom setup and the cleanliness of the studio?
“Yes, super.” Christine
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Student comments from previous classes.
“Instruction was clear, help was always available, and Lisa’s explanation of the equipment was great.” -Sherry
“My favorite thing about the class was the friendly atmosphere that encouraged open thoughts and sharing ideas.” -Lyn
“I enjoyed making all the projects, especially the flow piece and the freedom to be creative with our work.” -Joy
“My favorite thing about the class was the ability to see multiple pieces of art that originated from concepts taught.” -Vicki
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