1. We need a high-quality picture sent to us via email, preferably a picture with good light-dark contrast. This is one of the pictures that Jacquie sent us. It can be color, black and white, whatever. Doesn't matter. It will always end up being sepia tone, which gives the pictures a great vintage look.
2. It gets printed on a laser printer in black and white (it has to be black and white and on a laser printer because of the iron in the black ink--so at this point color printing is not an option).
3. We make two-layer fused "blanks." (I know, this is a completely fascinating picture, huh?)
4. After the blanks have been fired and cooled down, the photocopied picture is attached to a blank. In Jacquie's case, she had three pictures she wanted to showcase, so they were placed side to side.
5. The pictures and glass are fused together in the kiln.
6. Because Jacquie was using these as part of her table decorations and the pictures look so much better with a little light behind them, Mark fired them again to "slump" them into an S-shaped curve on one of our fusing molds. That also allows them to be freestanding on a desk or shelf.
7. And here they are as part of a beautiful table, after which they were given to the volunteers who had helped her at the nursery.
So if you are looking for a new and creative way to showcase your own photos, for you or as a gift, get in touch with us.