Cynthia Morgan (Morganica) details methods, designs, and philosophies for making small-scale sculpture in cast glass, and pate de verre glassmaking techniques. Tutorials, musings, business and design discussions, and resource lists include working with leaded crystals and soda lime glass, engineering settings, coldworking tiny, delicate pieces, and integrating glass with other materials such as silver, gold, base metals, wood, and more.
Q: Is there a better (faster, cheaper) way to coldwork small glass sculptures? A: Yep A BeCon or two ago, Richard Whiteley, head of the Canberra glass school, said that glasswork fresh from the kiln was only half finished; coldwork was necessary to take it the rest of the way. Ouch. I happen to agree with him, but as much as I love HAVING coldworked, I hate DOING coldwork and seem to be on a neverending quest to avoid it. Right now I'm testing a bunch of machines to see if they can automate the finishing process for small cast glass sculptures, like pendants.