Thin Blue Line Badge Sculpture
The making of this artwork starts with cutting glass in a rectangle shape black with a blue stripe - 3 layers of glass which is dammed to hold its shape and fused together in the kiln. Next I draw the badge on the glass with a waterproof marker and then use the ring saw to cut out the badge shape. After grinding the edges smooth, it was fire polished in the kiln so all the edges are shiny. The stand is made with 3 layers of cut glass, cut in such a way as to leave a space for the sculpture - each layer is cut differently to ensure smooth strong seams. this glass is dammed to keep its shape. after coldworking the edges, the stand is slumped over a special stainless steel mold to get the shape and height.
From Wikipedia: The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and to symbolize the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element. Thin Blue Line Symbol Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) is what stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime. ~ Wikipedia
Dimensions: 8.5" wide x 11" x 3.375" deep