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Cute Fish suncatcher

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This little cutie is part of my “Coastal collection”. I went back to my hometown of Ft. Myers, Florida this summer and while boating and getting a chance to frolic all day on a private Island my brain began to whir. I collected loads of beautiful shells & driftwood thus inspiring this collection. The “bones” are in sunflower yellow, red, orange, lime green. Nothing is painted! The yes & lips are also fused glass. The head is cobalt blue and the tail is a periwinkle blue. The bones are fused glass and in assembling them, there are glass beads & seashells between each bone. At the top is a wine cork. The overall length is 18 ½”
This sun catcher is held together by plastic covered wire that is created to hold over 20 pounds of weight! This sun catcher weighs nowhere near that weight!

My fused glass wind chimes & sun catchers are by far my best sellers locally. I have many repeat customers that have bought as many as a dozen over a period of time to give as gifts to friends and family. Each is signed with a small engraving in the glass and comes with an attached card that states that are completely handmade and unique, no two are alike. The first question people ask when they see them and hear them they say, “Gee, they are BEAUTIFUL, BUT, when it's very windy they will break won’t they?” My answer is a resounding, “No, because they are annealed!”

Below, I will give you the definition of annealing and I take great pains to make sure that every single piece in each chime is properly annealed for durability and long lasting results. I have been creating & selling my wind chimes for almost a decade and I have never had a set break due to normal temperature fluctuations. I have the first set I ever created hanging on my front porch and they have even weathered severe tropical storm weather (wind gusts to 70 MPH) without so much as a scratch. We do have hurricanes my way, so I cannot 100% guarantee something of that magnitude, but, well, it’s a hurricane!

Annealing is a process of slowly cooling glass to relieve internal stresses after it was formed. The process may be carried out in a temperature-controlled kiln known as a Lehr.[1] Glass which has not been annealed is liable to crack or shatter when subjected to a relatively small temperature change or mechanical shock. Annealing glass is critical to its durability. If glass is not annealed, it will retain many of the thermal stresses caused by quenching and significantly decrease the overall strength of the glass.
The glass is heated until the temperature reaches a stress-relief point, that is, the annealing temperature (also called annealing point) at a viscosity, η, of 1013 Poise = 1012 Pa•s, at which the glass is still too hard to deform, but is soft enough for the stresses to relax. The piece is then allowed to heat-soak until its temperature is even throughout. The time necessary for this step varies depending on the type of glass and its maximum thickness. The glass is then slowly cooled at a predetermined rate until its temperature is below the strain point (η = 1014.5 Poise). Following this, the temperature can safely be dropped to room temperature at a rate limited by the heat capacity, thickness, thermal conductivity, and thermal expansion coefficient of the glass. After the annealing process the material can be cut to size, drilled or polished.
At the annealing point (η = 1013 Poise) stresses relax within several minutes, while at the strain point (η = 1014.5 Poise) stresses relax within several hours.[2] Stresses that are still present below the strain point are permanent.

Cute Fish suncatcher


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: fused glass, glass beads, sea shells, wine cork
  • Only ships within United States.
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