The Tropical Paradise Barnacle Flat Starfish is created by melting optical tubes of amber and white color into the molten glass. Then a pale aqua green color is added to the bottom and a thick layer of clear glass is added to the top, making the starfish optical and appear almost wet.
In the glass making process, the optical tubes of color begin as a mass of molten glass on the end of a metal rod. Unique color patterns are added to the glass, then it is stretched into pencil thick cane. After cooling for a day, the cane is cut to reveal cross sections about a quarter inch long. Finally, the cane is arranged on a hot plate to be melted into the starfish.
This is a flat starfish, and it will rest on a surface with no legs bent over the side.
It is about 5" in diameter.
Tropical Paradise Starfish
palm trees. salty breeze. ocean air. sunkissed hair. paradise.
The Tropical Paradise Starfish is created with three layers of color on the bottom of the starfish, and a thick layer of clear glass added to the top, making the starfish optical and appear almost wet.
When the glass is hot, John lets the molten glass fall over the edge of a metal table, capturing the moment when the starfish is creeping away, just like it clings to rocks in the ocean.
It measures about 5" in diameter.
Full of movement, this hand-sculpted glass turtle swims across a vibrant blue core of twisting glass, with its front fins bent upwards and back fins kicking. The turtle's shell is created by melting layers of color to the bottom and a thick layer of clear glass is added to the top, making the turtle optical and appear as though it is underwater.
It measures about 4 1/2 inches wide x 4 1/2 inches depth x 4 inches height.
Twisty cane Bud Vase
This small colorful vase was created by using twisted rods of glass. The rods are twisted with multiple colors while the glass is hot. The twisted rods are then rolled up onto a molten bubble of clear glass and blown into a small sphere like vase. The vase measures about 5 inches tall and 5 inches wide.
This blown glass vase by John Gibbons is 17 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide. He developed the “Vertigo Series” after realizing the optical and dizzying effects that putting colored canes of glass in a vase can have. Walking past the vase and looking at it really brings this movement to life. It’s called moire effect and it is fun to play with.
John first pulls soup can sized blobs of colored glass into pencil thick canes that stretch across the room up to 30 feet long! The rods are then cut into 4 inch lengths and laid side by side on a ceramic kiln shelf. They are then heated, squeezed together and rolled up on to a molten bubble on the end of a blow pipe and blown and shaped into a vase.
This item come with free shipping, as does most of my glass.
White Barnacle Turtle on Tide Pool Green Coral
Full of movement, this hand-sculpted glass turtle swims across colorful tide pool green coral with its front fins bent upwards and back fins kicking. The turtle's shell is created by melting optical tubes of color into the molten glass. Then layers of color are added to the bottom and a thick layer of clear glass is added to the top, making the turtle optical and appear as though it is underwater.
It measures about 6” width x 4” depth x 6” height.
The bottom of each sculpture is hand signed by John Gibbons.
Yellow and White Creeping Starfish
This is a pair of yellow and white creeping starfish that measure about 5.5 inches wide and about 1 inch thick.