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Author Topic: I知 stuck how can I make a brick wall effect?  (Read 44 times)
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« on: June 08, 2021, 11:09:14 AM »

Hellooooo I am so stuck! I have literally hit a wall!  I think I have bitten off more than I can chew.  I am making a picture out of transparent Bullseye glass and I need to create a sandstone coloured wall.  I have been having sleepless nights over it because I just can稚 get the colours right or the effect right.  I want to tack fuse the wall onto the clear tekta but I need the wall to show up and to look like a sort of ancient sandstone brick Roman wall.  All ideas would be greatly valued and appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2021, 02:26:05 PM »


Let's figure out what you want/have on materrials and how large the wall should be.
Can you tell us a little more about the size of the picture the whole wall section and the single brick?
Are you using transparent coloes only or mixed with opaque colors?

Do you have lampwork equipement?

First idea:
Use wide stringers aka "noodles" for the grouting and mix the sandstone from frit. That should look nice like a sandstone wall.

Alternatively start with thin rolled Clear and sprinkle it with a mixture of frit before firing it just to make the frit stick. Cut it into brick sizes and fill the gaps with grouting colored frit.

For more slate like look take a streaky (grey with white or amber with white) and cut it into stripes. Use a rod nipper (Zag-zag pliers...) and chop the stripes into 3mm short sections. Use these sections as bricks and apply them edge up to see the layered texture inside the glass. Fine powder for grouting if needed.

Use a colored glass as the base and "spice" it with black, brown and caramel frit. Then add the grouting via stringers or noodles.

Now lampwork ideas:
For more individual striations in the bricks take leftovers from the wanted colors and melt them into a gather on the end of a steel punty. Shape the gather into a brick-like crossection, apply a second punty heat the whole fun and pull into the wanted crossection. Let it cool and cut with "Zag-zag" or with a saw for larger crossections. These bricks can be made into micro mosaic sizes for very elaborated constructions...

For more individual frit make a gather from the suspicious colors and add few black stringers. Start mixing the gather untill it is nice and streaky, not 'till death. Pull it into pencil diameter and let it cool. Once it is cold melt the end and flatten it into a lollipop. Rewarm the lollipop and quench it in water. The lollipop only! Repeat heating, flattening and quenching untill there is enough grit (f~) to make the stone texture on thin glass.

I hope there is some helpfull in this brainstorm (not assorted or tested).
Moira HFG
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Ever the optimist

« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2021, 08:46:54 AM »

Dear me, that's a challenge!

If I wanted to do that, I think I'd make it as an 'add-on' feature. Maybe take some sandstone-coloured fine frit (cinnabar, carnelian spring to mind), mix it with clear and maybe a little darker colour colour (garnet?) for variety - then add PVA glue and create the shape.

Probably the best way is to make an original 'wall' in clay or plasticine, cast it in silicone, then push your glue/frit mix into this mould.

When dry, glue it onto your panel. Hopefully this will give you a 'sandy' look.

You could even use the same method with actual sand! After all, sandstone is effectively sand particles stuck together.

Do show us what you come up with!

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