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Rearrangeable Layers of Glass Form Stunning 3D Landscapes and Seascapes
Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebner of Stone Ridge Glass are the creators of Glasscapes, stunning three dimensional sculptures made of layers of colored glass. Many of the works are interactive, meaning that the glass layers can be rearranged to take on completely different scenes. For the seascape piece above, called Ocean Laughter II, the glass pieces each represent a separate wave. They can be arranged to look like a restless ocean or a harmonious work of geometric art.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE AND FROST A LAYER CAKE: SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS
It’s a labor of love, and a chance to show your stuff. Make your layer cake gorgeous by assembling it with these simple steps.
Patience makes perfect. Take the time to chill or freeze your baked layers before assembling the cake. The layers will be less fragile, and you’ll have more control and better results with frosting. While they’re chilling, line your serving plate with 2″ to 3″ wide strips of parchment paper.
Trim any dome from the top of the first layer so the cake is flat, then flip it over and place it on your serving plate cut side down.
Pipe a rope of frosting around the outside edge of the cake layer. Refrigerate for 15 minutes so it will become firm. This “dam” keeps frosting or filling from bulging out the side of the finished cake. After the dam sets, fill the top of the layer.
Trim the next layer and place it cut side down over the first. Chill the cake again, if it isn’t cool to the touch.
Smear a very thin coat of frosting on the sides and top of the cake.
This is called the crumb coat. It’s fine if it looks messy, and crumbs are showing through. Refrigerate the cake until you can touch the crumb coat without leaving a fingerprint, 20 to 30 minutes.
Once the crumb coat is firm, cover the top and sides of the cake with a finish coat of frosting. Gently remove the parchment paper strips.