Monday, 28 November 2011

Fused Glass Overload!

One of my Mum's friends showed an interest in buying some of my fused glass for Christmas presents which means I had to finally get off my arse and do something about photographing some of my pieces. Having done that I thought I would share them with you here!



Fused glass is one of my favourite things to make. Its not a very practical hobby - you need a pretty big and expensive kiln for starters (I do a class) - but it is such a fun thing to do.


I have been doing a fused glass class for about a year and a half now and I love it. Playing around with light and colours is soooo much fun.


It does mean however that I now have loads of pieces of fused glass hanging around my (fairly small) flat!



This is only a very small proportion of what I have made!!


There are also lots of flat pieces which I made when I was starting out to practice. They are very pretty but not very useful so I'm not sure what to do with them!


One thing I have made quite a lot of is jewellery. Its really good for giving as presents and, luckily, it doesn't take up too much space!!

I started stockpiling fused glass pieces, in particular lots of jewellery, a while ago with the intention of opening a folksy shop. Now I'm not so sure - I already have a folksy shop selling some of my sewn pieces and I'm not sure its not more bother than its worth - any thoughts? I think I might write a separate post about this soon......!


I was thinking I might look into doing a craft fair instead........

At the moment it is just nice to have all these pretty, sparkly things around my house! Not to mention a necklace to go with every outfit!

Unfortunately I won't be doing the class again after Christmas - its an expensive class and I think I need some time off to get my inspiration back to make the most of the classes. Plus I need to find someway of getting rid of all the glass pieces I have already made!


On the off chance that anyone reading this is interested in buying any of these pieces (or even fancies doing a swap?) then please feel free to get in touch. But mainly I just hope you have enjoyed looking at some of these sparkly things I have hanging round my house!

Have a lovely week xxx

PS. Sorry for the sporadic posting recently - have been having a very busy time! But I have also been working on lots of presents and decorations for Christmas so should have lots of exciting things to share with you soon!

7 comments:

Chaucer's Aunty said...

Hi there! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Wow your glass work is just amazing! Those pendants are stunning, I particularly like the purple one and the one that's sort of gold and purple. I'm sure it'd sell really well in a folksy shop! Thanks for sharing! Laura x

Diane J. Evans said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

Diane

Wendy said...

It's fabulous, you're so talented! I'd love buy some jewellery off you but I'm skint. I do think it would do well on Folksy though as it is something different - you could even apply to Not on the High street with something of that quality

Hippywitch said...

Ooooo sell them!!! They are just beautiful, a craft fayre would be a great place and I think they would sell on folksy or etsy too.
If you want to swap something I'd be happy to do that, I love the third from the bottom one with the rainbow look or the last one, gorgeous colour. If your interested let me know what you'd like in return :-)

Lori xx

Kerryp77 said...

your glass is amazing, my hubby would love to take up the hobby and we are both blown away by your talent.

Katie said...

You should absolutely open up an Etsy shop (or similar) to start selling your beautiful glasswork!

I was so inspired by running across your suncatchers on Pinterest that I wrote a post :)

http://blog.blinds.com/the_finishing_touch/2012/04/catching-the-sun-with-bling-for-your-windows.html

Just lovely!

chris spade said...

Hi,

I was reading through the blog and noticed the line where you say you have a whole lot of flat pieces that you don't know what to do with. If they are the right size I might be interested in purchasing them. I live in America though. I would want something over 1/4" or 6mm I guess with 9mm being ideal and anything thicker. Sheet sizes as long as they are 2"-3" (5cm-7.6cm) wide by anything over 3" or 8cm, longer and wider work as well, even disks. I am a flint knapper (paleolithic manner of hand making arrowheads, spearheads, and other projectile points, as well as effigies, usually out of flint,chert,agate, jasper, or obsidian which is basically just volcanic glass). I live in an area where there is very little Knappable material available so I have basically learned and am still learning by using glass. Glass has a hardness of around 6 on the MOHS scale so it is knappable, if you can deal with a lot of cuts. I only have a few choices of colors, basically clear, brown bear bottle bottoms, some blue wine bottle bottoms, and green from Juegermeister bottles. I have a friend who save me the colored bottles once they empty. Anyway I think it would be awesome to knapp an arrowhead out of this multicolored glass, and I think it will work as long as the glasses are fully fused together essentially making a new sheet of multicolored glass. If you have already used the flat pieces you mentioned for something like slumping then that is fine, there is another guy who does pot dam melt fuses and gets great swirly colors. I am going to ask him too. I thought about getting a microwave kiln since you can actually fuse glass with them but the work area is so small it would be a hassle to even get a decent sized sheet/disk. I have also thought of making a small kiln and may yet do it. If you have any tips or links that would be great, and if you are interested you can email me at cspade99@gmail.com. Either way thanks for your time. It got kinda long.

 
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