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How Chuck makes a marble!

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Chuck Pound's Last Sirius Marble of the Millennium!

This is a set of photos I took while making my last marble of 1999, the decade, the century, the millennium!! It is an RPM with a yellow-orange-dark red-aventurine stripe, bright red base glass with turquoise "fish" make up the rest of the marble. The size is about 1-5/8 inch. This marble was made at about 11am, 31 December, 1999. You may also be interested in the Sirius Marble Gallery 

Just starting out. I am making a gather of the red glass to be used as the base color. In the background you can see the kiln I use for annealing the finished marbles.

Here I have added the yellow, orange, dark red, and aventurine for the stripe. I am now smoothing  the added colors into the base red glass
(Here is the original, un-edited picture, 1600x1200, 850K)
 


This picture shows the "fish" being added to the half of the marble where the base red color still shows. (the red glass looks black when hot)
(Here is the original, un-edited picture, 1600x1200, 850K)


I have smoothed the fish into the marble and coated the marble with clear glass. I am removing a little excess clear glass from the coating process.
(Here is the original, un-edited picture, 1600x1200, 850K)

  


Having removed the excess clear and shaped the marble more-or-less round I am now giving the glass a twist to swirl the colors.


All that is left now is to shape the marble as round as possible. I use graphite marble molds for this process.

 


Here is the newly finished marble just before closing it up in the annealing kiln. Note that the color is not very bright at this time. The red glass looks black when it is this hot, and the yellow glass looks red....


And here is the finished marble, cooled off the next day. (this picture taken on 1 January, 2000)

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