This was an exciting piece. In order to not have distracting solder lines running through this loon, but to still have the intense glass colors I wanted, I fused white and teal glass together, with a hole drilled for the eye which I filled with amber chips of glass. I fused the pieces together at 1500F in my kiln, a process that took about 24 hours. The result was one smooth and a rather odd shaped piece of glass. Odd because if you look close, the "reflection" in the water is actually the mirror opposite of the loon above the water; I layered glass over the bottom half of the loon to create the reflection.
I then painted several layers of black and browns on the fused glass, removing paint where I wanted the white and teal glass to show through. I fired numerous times between layers in order to acheive the high level of detail I wanted. To create more depth in the eye and a deeper shade of amber, I painted the back of the glass with a light pink tint and fired it in.
I then painted the other pieces in this picture, both on clear and colored glass, fired the paint in, then foiled and soldered all the pieces together ending in five layers of glass.