Cygnus X-1, Destroyer of Space/Time

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There’s a glass fusing shop in north Austin named Helios Glass. It’s an hour’s drive north of me, so I don’t visit very often. However this year, friend Christine persuaded me to take part in their Iron Fuser competition, in which a theme is given, and you have to use all the glass in their supplied pack in your entry. Since the theme was science based, and they included glow-in-the-dark glass in the pack, I didn’t need a lot of persuading 🙂

 

I made this clock, and named it ‘Cygnus X-1, Destroyer of Space/Time’. It’s about eight inches in diameter. It took many layers of glass and five separate firings.

cygnus-clock

 

This graphic contains the reasons and representations contained within the design.

cygnus-explanation

And here is what it looks like when it glows in the dark 🙂

I used glow paint for the clock hands. They look a lot more green, which is handy when you want to pick out the hands from the other glowing dots.

cygnus-glow

 

I am very pleased and delighted to report that my entry won the Astronomy prize in the competition!

iron-fuser-trophy

 

You can see all the entries in an online gallery, here: http://heliosglass.com/photos/v/1606IF7/

I’m really pleased to have won a category. The standard of entries was very high, and I’m honored to be included amongst them. Thank you, Helios!