Quick Tip: Fibonacci Fade Plate
The Fibonacci sequence is a numbering system found in nature, from flower petals and pinecones to seashells. It’s pleasing to the eye (even if you’re not aware of it) and a versatile design tool. It starts with a one (or a zero), followed by a one. Each subsequent number is equal to the sum of the preceding two numbers: F (1) = 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21... For this project, we’ve translated the beginning of this Fibonacci sequence into centimeters and arranged them to transition from one color to another.
3mm Medium Amber, Gold Irid (001137-0038)
3mm Light Silver Gray, Silver Irid (001429-0037)
3mm Tekta Clear (001100-0380)
Channel Plate Mold 17” (8944)
- Cut a 12cm wide strip of Medium Amber, Gold Irid that will yield all of the strips, (which total 20cm). Then score & break out strips in the following dimensions: 1cm x 12cm (x 2), 2cm x 12cm, 3cm x 12cm, 5cm x 12cm, 8cm x 12cm
- Repeat with Light Silver Gray, Silver Irid.
- Arrange the strips to transition from one color into the next. See sequence example.
- Measure and cut 3mm Clear to fit, approximately 12cm x 40cm.
- Clean and load the strips with the iridescent coating face down on a primed kiln shelf. Cap with Clear and fire to a full fuse.
- Coldwork the perimeter prior to slumping for crisp and clean edges.
- Slump with the irid layer facing up. (Note: This plate only uses a portion of the mold.)
For firing schedules, see Tip Sheet 7, Platemaking Tips (Basic Fuse Firing) & Mold Tips: Suggested Slumping Schedules.
Revised July 10, 2017.
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