Kiln Cast Hearts Block – Je t’aime

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My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this summer.  This is a piece I made for him – Je t’aime.  I have wanted to do a piece using kiln casting and this seemed like a great opportunity.  I wanted to play with the idea of depth using both form and text.

 

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I started by writing my text on three seperate layers of glass each at different intervals.  When the three layers were stacked, the text came from back to front like three sets of stairs.

 

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In three seperate layers, I cut the clear glass to make room for the three hearts.  Because the hearts are cut from raked glass that is 6mm thick, the clear glass that surrounds each heart is doubled to keep the layers uniform.

 

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Once the layers were stacked, I cut four pieces of clear irridized glass for the sides.  By cutting the sides 8mm shorter than the stack of glass, the top corners have a nice bullnose finish.

 

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The irridized glass provided a clean side so that I had to do very little cold work on the finished piece.  I was very pleased with the way the hearts seem to float in space.