Welcome to Elements Creative Art
Elements Creative Art Focuses On Unique Fused Glass Art and Woodcarvings. Hand Crafted by the Talented Husband Wife team of Kim and Rick Keaser in Their Hometown of Englewood, Florida.
The Creative Duo's Collaborative Effort's Result in Unique One-Of-A-Kind Works of Art.
Kim Specializes in Functional and Sculptural Kiln Formed Fused Glass Art, Vessel's and One-Of-A-Kind Glass Jewelry. She Creates Images, Patterns, and Textures in Glass Using Different Techniques And Uses Them As Design Elements in Her Fused Glass. She Loves the Transformation Properties That Occur When Combing Different Forms of Glass; Sheet Glass, Glass Powder, Hand Pulled Glass Cane or Adding Copper and Silver as Inclusion’s in Her Warm Glass Artwork and Jewelry.
Rick is the Talent Behind All the Woodwork Creation's, Carving's and Driftwood Display Stand's. Using Reclaimed Wood as His Preferred Medium It's Then Transformed , Using Various Method's Of Carving: By Hand, Turning Wood on a Lathe or Carving With a Chainsaw. Making Beautiful Wooden Bowl's, Candle Stick's and Sculptures .
Kim and Rick Find Inspiration Along the Shores Of The Beautiful Beaches They've Been Surrounded by Their Entire Live's . "The Beach Has Always Represented a Place of Happiness and Adventure Filled with Rich Colors and Interesting Texture's, Offering an Overall Sense of Peace and Tranquility”. Elements Creative Art Strives to Create Art That is ‘Visually Therapeutic’ . Art, People Will Get Lost in, Mentally, Finding a Tranquil and Peaceful Place Where They Can
“Be Still, Observe. Appreciate and Be Inspired”.
The Process of Fusing Glass
The Simple Definition Of Fused Glass is Stacking Two Or More Layers of Compatible Glass Together to Create a Design, That is Melted or “Fused” Together in a Kiln at Very High Temperatures, For Several Hour's Creating a Beautiful Sculptural, Functional or Wearable Piece Of Art.
The First Step in Any Piece is The Design Process. This Involves The Function The Piece to Serve , Choosing Colors and Deciding Which Technique's Will Be Used to Create an Interesting Piece Of Art Glass. The Glass is Then Hand Cut Into Multiple Pieces and Shapes Using Compatible Sheet Glass. Each Piece of Glass That Will Be Fused Together Must Have the Same COE (Code of Expansion). Meaning That All Glass With The Same COE Will Expand and Contract at the Same Rate During The Heated And Cooling Process.
The Glass Design Is Then Assembled and Placed Into a Kiln to Fuse All The Layers Together Into One Single Piece of Glass. Fusing Glass in A Kiln is a Multi-Step Process, Involving Heating the Glass Slowly, Melting the Glass at Very High Temperature's, Annealing and Finally Cooling it Down Slowly, As Seen in the Following Firing Schedule Example:
250*F an Hour to 1100*F Hold 45 minutes (Approximately 6 Hour's)
100*F an hour to 1225*F Hold 60 minutes (Approximately 3 1/2 Hour's)
400*F an hour to 1450*F Hold 20 minutes (Approximately 4 Hour's)
9999, or As Fast As Possible, to 900*F hold 1 hour and 30 minutes (Approximately 4 1/2 Hour's)
100*F to 600* (5 Hour's)
The Kiln is Shut Off and Allowing it to Cool To Room Temperature (Approximately 6-8 Hour's)
Spending Close to 30 Hour's in The Kiln.
1- The Initial Phase Heats the Glass at 250*F Degrees Per Hour to 1100*F, Holding the Temperature for 45 minutes . During This Phase The Glass Begin's to Soften, But does Not Fused. Holding the Piece at This Temperature Allow's All the Components to Heat Evenly. At This Temperature, the Glass is Not Hot Enough For All The Individual Components to Fuse or "Stick" Together.
2- The Next Phase Continues to Heat The Glass Slowly at Temperature of 100* F an Hour to 1225* F Holding At This Temperature for 30-60 Minutes. During This Phase All The Glass Shapes and Pieces are "Tack Fused", The Individual Components are "Stuck" Together, But The Individual Shapes and Texture Are Still Visible. If The Desired Outcome For A Piece is to Be Solid and Smooth a Third Stage /Firing is Required.
3- Glass Entering This Stage Will Be Transformed From a Solid State to a Liquid, At a "Full Fuse" Temperature's That Range Between 1450*F and 1510*F. All the Glass Components "Melt" Together, Completely "Fusing" All the Shapes and Layers Into One Solid, Smooth Piece. The Length of Time the Glass is "Held" at This Temperature Varies, Depending On The Thickness of The Piece.
4-The Next Phase of The Firing Schedule Require's The Glass to Be "Annealed". The Annealing Process Allow's The Glass to Continue It's Transformation While Holding at 9oo* F For at Least an Hour, Depending on The Size of The Project, The Larger The Project, The Longer it's Held at Annealing Temperatures.. Holding The Glass at This Temperature Allow's All The Glass Molecules to Find Their Place With The Lowest Energy and the Least amount of Stress Before They are ‘'Frozen’ in a Their Final Position.
5- This Stage Allow's the Fused Glass to Continues it's Cooling Process. Slowly Dropping The Kiln Temperature 100*F an Hour to 700*F, With no Hold , For This Particular Firing Schedule .The Kiln Continue 's to Cool, Over Several Hour's. Once it Has Reached Room Temperature, The Piece is Removed From The Kiln.
For Many of My Glass Art Piece's, This is Only the Halfway Point Of The Piece Being Completed. Depending on The Desired Look, Shape, Size And Function of The Piece, There Are Several More Firing's it Must Endure. , Taking Week's to Fully Complete.The Piece Will Then Be Followed Up With Extensive Cold Working Using Diamond Hand Pads, Grinders and Other Tools . It Will The Be Placed Back Into The Kiln to Be Fire Polished and Inspected Before It Is Allowed to Be Presented to You. It is Not Uncommon For a Complex Piece to Take Over 30 Hour's to Assemble And Endure Multiple Kiln Firing's Of 15 Hour's or More, Taking Week's to Fully Complete.
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