Many months ago I received a commission for a "red bowl" like the one on my website. The red bowl- Fire Guardians was a frit fuse, sandblast style piece. First you fuse a layer of black frit over the chosen colour of glass. Then a layer of resist is applied and the design elements hand cut. Next comes sandblasting away the black frit on the exposed areas and then a few more firings. When I completed the first two stages I was headed to GlassSmith to do the sandblasting when I learned they took their booth out! Yikes. They pointed me to Blast It! on Turner St. in Victoria. The booths were fabulous! You choose the medium that you want to sandblast with and the settings. They are very helpful. This machine was far more powerful than the one I had used before, so lessons learned...use Buttercut resist. I had used the cheaper stuff (like MacTac) and it blew off. Arggh, so the design had to be cut twice and typical me, I thought might as well do 2 - one in orange and one in red - with 2 designs.
The photo collage below shows a bit of the process and the end result after a total of 5 firings! Lessons learned - use Buttercut, low setting on the sandblaster - start at 30 psi. It's a longer process at the lower psi, but it is very easy to blow through the glass if it's only 3 mm thick!
As it turns out, my client chose the orange plate - The Chase, so the red bowl - Anasazi Hunters is available. $500