08/2010 OKANAGAN ART WORKS
Cheryl McFadden taking glass to its limits What started out as a decorative idea for a Christmas tree, inadvertently sent Cheryl McFadden on a journey of discovering the unlimited potential of fused glass. Now, so many years later, she is still on the same road, continuing to learn, create and decorate with glass. ” Because of its amorphous molecular configuration, glass reacts to heat differently than do other materials. Whereas metals heated to a specific temperature (a melting point) change from solid to liquid instantaneously, glass goes through a very gradual transformation—from a material that behaves like a solid to a material that behaves like a liquid. It is this unique characteristic of glass that allows it to be blown or to be worked in the myriad ways we call kilnforming.” Bullseye Glass Co. Fusing glass is fascinating, but of all the art genres out there, glass probably requires the
most product knowledge from its user. One of the most important points to be aware of when fusing glass, is that all the glass being used in a design must have the same coefficient of expansion. The rate at which glass expands and contracts differs from one type of glass to the next. When these rates differ, the glass would crack under cooling. This cracking could happen right away, or it could even happen up to a year later. To avoid this problem, always make sure all your glass comes from the same manufacturer where it has been tested for compatibility.
Left: ‘Jewel’ Vase - tan, bronze and khaki vase with textured iridescent glass. Approx. 20” x 14”. Below: ‘Glassplosion’ Plate – multi-coloured, iridescent shards layered upon gold mica powders. Approx. 14” x 20” All Artwork © Cheryl McFadden
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