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Gondwana Banana

Postby Ron Reichs » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:40 am

A while back (must be nearly 2 years) I was making a multi media piece which incorporated glass, wood & bronze. I promised Morganica among other people that I would post a picture when it was completed. It has now been installed in a sculpture exhibition in NZ called NZSoS (New Zealand Sculpture onShore).
Originally it had a bunch of glass fruit cast as one piece. I was not happy with it & attempted to refire it with disastrous results. The glass components have now all been cast separately.
Here it is:
You can see many more images on my Facebook page.
Cheers,
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Brock » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:03 am

That is absolutely gorgeous.

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Postby rosanna gusler » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:55 am

wow. just wow. rosanna
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Valerie Adams » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:29 am

Obviously good things take time; this is stunning!

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Postby twin vision glass » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:47 am

Now we know where you have been and the waite has been sooooooo very worth it. Amazing, fantastic , wonderful and well, simply stunning.
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Barb R » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:47 pm

Wow - it's beautiful!

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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Morganica » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:24 pm

Boy, did THAT come out well. It begs to be stroked--lovely, lovely coldworking.

So what were the disastrous results from the refiring?
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby jim burchett » Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:57 pm

Beautiful Pieces and the Total is spectacular.
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Ron Reichs » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:00 pm

Thanks all for your kind comments.

First I'll tell you about the disastrous refiring of the bunch of fruit.
It was done in Bullseye cranberry. After coldworking the piece I was not happy with the excessive amount of bubbles (half bubbles) on the surface of the glass withe many more below the surface. If I coldworked the surface ones off, more would appear so I resolved to refire it in an attempt to eliminate as may of these as possible. After filling the surface bubbles with wax, I reinvested the glass & refired with a long soak at 830c
(16hrs) Unfortunately on the downwards ramp, the mould cracked & leaked half the contents over the kiln floor. This wouldn't have been so bad if I could have reclaimed most of it, remade the piece & topped up with new glass to replace that which was lost.
Unfortunately Bullseye cranberry is a striker & on the second firing it had gone liverish so no hope of using any of it again especially for a third firing.
With the new work I made each banana as a separate unit so I was able to use Bullseye amber on two of them & Gaffer orange red for the other two.
To eliminate bubbles I cast these horizontally in open faced moulds & carved off the excess glass after firing.
The results were much more pleasing.
I'll make another post to give the specs of thework.
Cheers,
Ron
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Ron Reichs » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:20 pm

Here are the specs. of Gondwana Banana:
Height: 2500mm
Width: 500mm

Materials:
Glass: Leaf bud: Bullseye casting billet amber 3.8kg
Banana x 2: Bullseye casting billet amber 3.6kg each
Banana x 2: Gaffer lead crystal orange red 5.1kg each
Total glass: 21.2kg

Wooden pole: jarrah (Australian hardwood) 1670 x 180 x 180 36kg

Silicon Bronze
Crown: 950 x 500 x 500 17kg
Roots: 950 x 450 x 450 17.5kg
Total bronze: 34.5kg
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Ron
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Brock » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:22 pm

I just think this is one of the best pieces I have seen in years . . . amazing.

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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby bob proulx » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:10 am

It is an amazing piece.
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Warren Weiss » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:19 pm

Beautiful.
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Re: Gondwana Banana

Postby Havi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:11 pm

Chapeau
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Congrats,Ron.

I remeber you said you put some hundreds of hours of polishing...............
one can see the results!


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