We got our pieces back from the hot glass day - very exciting! Here is my paperweight - it is purple, honestly... and so smooth and shiny!
One thing I have realised today is that if I am going to make more glass I need to learn how to photograph it properly - all you can see is reflections in these!
And here is the piece made from the sandcast mould of my indian printing block - also pretty difficult to photograph. The glass is tinted where the sand sticks to it, the darker spots are a few little bits of red glass frit I threw in to see what would happen.
I was really really lucky today and had the chance to have a go at working with hot glass at World of Glass in St Helens. We had the chance to each make a paperweight and also make a sandcast of an object. I was pretty nervous about it at first, but we were quite a large group and I was one of the last to have a go, so by the time it was my turn I was just impatient to get going and had forgotten all about the nerves!
The tutor gathered some hot glass from the furnace for me and I had to keep it moving, turning it all the time.
Then I dipped it in coloured powdered glass...
Heating it in between each step, and remembering to keep it turning steadily all the time. You do get very very hot doing this!
I shaped the paperweight using a very sophisticated piece of equipment - 6 sheets of folded soaked newspaper!
The finished paperweight is now in the kiln cooling down very very slowly. I can't wait to see it!
Have you ever fancied having a go at making flowers? Well now you can. New in my etsy shop are these kits, each containing a lovely wooden flower loom and enough ribbon and buttons to make 3 flowers, plus the all important instructions.