As I said, I really enjoy working with mosaics.
I am working on a wall sculpture that will consist of 10-12 fish swimming in a school. The fish are about 10" long and 6" tall.
Right now, I am still experimenting with the technique and look. Thus far, I have created 3 fish using slightly different techniques, combinations, and firing schedules. However, they all look similar. Since they will be placed on a wall approximately 10' up the wall, the difference won't be readily noticed.
I started out with a basic shape fish in clear glass, then I placed randomly cut sized and shaped pieces of transparent glass on the fish form. I am using an Ombre color scheme going from blue to green with a few pieces of clear irid glass in the middle.
I start out gluing the mosaic pieces to the form, then tac fire to set the pieces. After that, I will grout, embellish (I used red glass circles or frit) and fire again to a tac fuse so the fish would have some texture giving them some dimension. I also used some 1/8" fiber paper to give the fish some contour.
This is what I have so far. I am still experimenting, but will post as I go along until the piece is finished.
Fish #3 going into the kiln for the 2nd firing and after firing. I created glass dots out of a deep red opaque glass.
You can see the difference here where I used a tac fuse. The glass pieces stand out.
Fish #1 on the far right has glass dots in a cherry red. Too bright! I like the deeper red dots. I will probably make most of the fish like fish #3, but will copy fish #1 and 2 at least once more to give the school continuity. Either that, or I will eliminate them all together.
However, I may not be through experimenting either!