Since tomorrow August 22nd is the date for the Frantz Art Glass “August Bash”, I thought I would talk a little about what I will be showing during my demo.

Group of heart pendants.

Group of heart pendants.

I really like dichroic glass, so I am starting the demo off with a dichroic piece, but this time I am going to make an off mandrel heart pendant.  I started doing these off mandrel pieces about 4 or 5 years ago and though they were challenging at first, I got really addicted to making them.

Dichroic scrap heart pendant.

Dichroic scrap heart pendant.

I started making off mandrel pendants when I discovered how to use a tungsten pick to push a hole into a warm glass project.  In the beginning I just used two sizes of tungsten picks to make a hole, but I found that the pick slid across the surface of the pendant I would be making a hole in and burn my hand.  The solution to this problem turned out to be a peculiar pair of tweezers called “Peter Tweezers”.  “Peter Tweezers” has opposing points to them and they allow you to heat up the glass and make a controlled dent where you want the hole to be.  After you make the dent it is much easier to push the tungsten picks through the glass because the spot the pick goes through is much thinner than the depth of the pendant.

The second thing I am demonstrating is how to blow shards with a small size borosilicate tube.  Then I am making a second heart pendant and I will use the shards that I just produced as the decorative element on the second heart that will not be made with dichroic glass.

Shard covered heart pendant made out of the never before seen Vetrofond "Yellow Jacket".

Shard covered heart pendant made out of the never before seen Vetrofond "Yellow Jacket".

Hope to see you at the Bash.

Heart pendant covered in dichroic scraps over Lapis Blue glass.

Heart pendant covered in dichroic scraps over Lapis Blue glass.