A small dime sized marble with a floral imploded internal flower. This is an Alaska Boro 'test' marble that is used to explore the use of the 'implosion' process for including a flower design inside the marble.
The process starts with a disk made of clear. Then each flower 'pedal' is added in an arc around the outside center of the disk. Additional pedals are added as needed to make an interesting design.
The edges and front of the disk are heated with the glass flowing towards the center of the disk. This is the implosion process which moves the glass from the edge to the center.
This takes time with a lot of heat as boro glass moves like 'molasses on a cold winter day'! The final processing step is rounding up the glass into a marble.
March 26, 2012