From Pond to Glass Art

I make my glass pieces by Lost Wax glass casting, which is a century’s old process. Lost Wax casting is fairly labor intensive and time consuming, but the glass pieces that result are unobtainable by other glass working techniques.
Water Lilly

I begin by cutting one of the Victoria water lily leaves that I grow in my Water garden.
Victoria Water Lilly

Next I pour wax into the mold.
Victoria Water Lilly

Now I take the wax out of the mold.
Victoria Water Lilly

Then cover the wax with plaster.
Victoria Water Lilly

The next step is to melt the wax out of the plaster.
Victoria Water Lilly

Then load the appropriate amount of glass into the plasters.
Victoria Water Lilly

Then melt the glass into the plasters.
Victoria Water Lilly

Then break the glass out of the plaster and clear the glass.
Victoria Water Lilly

The entire process of casting a piece can take up to one and a half weeks from start to finish.
Victoria Water Lilly