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Blizzard

The depth of my process has pushed the themes of my work forward into ideas like Glaciertech sculpting and the Blizzardtech motif. Exploring the craft through the help of mentors and peers has allowed me to engage the medium and create my own reality within it, what I call Art. 

 
A  blizzardtech  section with frost crystals, snowflakes, and wind swirl millis. "icy as fuck" milli detail. All millis in these sectioan are designed and processed by myself. The frost crystal was pulled using a furnace and gloryhole with the help of Marcel Braun and the starship crew.

A blizzardtech section with frost crystals, snowflakes, and wind swirl millis. "icy as fuck" milli detail. All millis in these sectioan are designed and processed by myself. The frost crystal was pulled using a furnace and gloryhole with the help of Marcel Braun and the starship crew.

Solo  Glaciertech  Tube made out of Chaka's Ice with Chaka's Frost Accents and A Frost Crystal Milli. Photo by Jeff Dimarco

Solo Glaciertech Tube made out of Chaka's Ice with Chaka's Frost Accents and A Frost Crystal Milli. Photo by Jeff Dimarco

 

The Big Plan

In May of 2015 I began the search for a very specific ice color. I was aware of a rising trend in transparent colors and companies like Glass Alchemy were starting to release colors like Blue Dream and Raindrop that would be perfect for the concepts I was building. I was also aware of the existing offering of Glacier Blue and Ice Blue from Northstar Glass Company but any icy color including raindrop has a nasty side effect of turning brick red if exposed to the wrong flame mix. The reddening was a result of copper in the formula, something I was all too familiar with when using certain greens back in 2005 or so. I felt like there had to be better ways of obtaining a slight teal or colder blue than classic cobalt, So I began experimenting...

Color Mixes made using existing factory colors and clear glass. This is about 6 pounds that was mixed over the course of a day using a skil power drill. I wasn't even close to achieving my desired color but this was progress for sure. 

Color Mixes made using existing factory colors and clear glass. This is about 6 pounds that was mixed over the course of a day using a skil power drill. I wasn't even close to achieving my desired color but this was progress for sure. 

To be continued...