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Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Sneak Peak at One of the Completed Dragonflies-# 40

About 9 months later, my forty dragonflies are finished in terms of my studio work. I am now tracing the bottom outline on paper for each dragonfly. The county will use this tracing as a template for the metal supports.

This dragonfly is the only one I created from blue bottles (obtained from Freecycle) and it took a case of 16 bottles to create this work. After kiln firing and sandblasting, I put the cast dragonfly back in the kiln with white enamel powder sprinkled on the wings and a little cobalt blue enamel on the body. It had to be very slowly fired up to 1330 degrees and held at 1100 for 2 hours for the ramp up and again for the ramp down. It took a full 3 and 1/2 days in the kiln. If you place a large cast piece back into the kiln for enameling, 30 degrees an hour or less should be used or the piece will crack.

When the installation begins, I will post ongoing photos of the progress.

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