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I love the Creative Paradise texture molds and since I live on the West Coast, the mold with a lighthouse and sailboats is quite popular.  My typical way of using some of these texture molds is to put a piece of Bullseye Iridized Glass face down on the prepared mold, sift some clear powder on the sheet to prevent bubbles and then top with a sheet of clear glass taking it to a full fuse.

I then slump the finished plate onto a mold with cupped sides for a finished platter.

Mold with Sheet Glass

Mold with Sheet Glass

I was getting bored doing the same thing each time, although I did try many different iridized blues, so decided to try something new for me.  I used frit to fill in the mold cavities trying different colors for the water, sky etc.  Then added 2 layers of 3mm clear on top with a fine sifting of clear powder between and fired.

On my first attempt, I didn’t have enough frit and so added more and refired the piece.  Not sure if this will happen every time, but I ended up with a nice large bubble.  Perhaps I should try to get it right on the first firing!  I redid my frit attempt making sure to add enough frit as well as more saturated colors and it worked perfectly.  I used a gold pen to outline the sailboats and lighthouse before slumping it onto a double curve mold.  It sold immediately!

Mold with Frit and Clear Glass

Mold with Frit and Clear Glass

Of course I had to try yet another way!  This time, I decided to use sheet glass colors to match the color of the sky and water enhanced with some frit.  I then cut the shapes of the lighthouse and sailboats out using my ring saw and inserted clear glass for the shapes.   For this variant, I first full fused the two layers of glass before adding to the mold.   My lesson learned was that glass spreads a little at full fuse and so my lighthouse and sailboat shapes ended up being a little larger than that on the mold, but careful placement of extra frit when adding to the mold and the gold pen makes it look fine.

Mold with Cut Sheet Glass and Frit

Mold with Cut Sheet Glass and Frit

If you haven’t tried one of these texture molds, give it a try. Three different looks all with the same mold. So many ways to use them and be creative!

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