So, what have I been up to this year, since my last post?
Delilah and I are now firm friends.
I joined in with a challenge on the Craft Pimp forum to make 52 things in 2015, one a week(ish). Yes I did that last year and fell by the wayside, but this year I have decided to do this to mark my journey with glass fusing
Week one, I explored more simple work making sun (or light) catchers
Week two - dichroic glass pendants - I had made one of these on a 3 hour fused glass taster session, but, you know how it is, weeks later you look at it, try to remember everything you did as you nattered and drank tea, take your first efforts out of the kiln, remember that's not how you did it and resort to You Tube.
There was mention of a weekly class but I've heard no more on that so got out my books, made coffee and have decided the way to learn is to do. It works for me, I've had very little artistic tuition over the years, mostly because I don't have several hundred spare pounds for one-day courses.
Week three - I tried both fusing and slumping to make a pretty trinket dish, perfect also for holding a tea light, your rings by your bed, and so much more - these will be perfect for fairs and my open studio events, small, sensibly priced and portable - perfect also for Mother's Day gifts!
Week four - I explored working with float glass - this required a different firing schedule, but which is a bit trial and error, and I struggled to get this to fuse well so probably won't bother again for a while. I'm pleased with these pieces, but there were a lot that weren't so well fused. I may revisit it later when I have more understanding
Then came coasters in week 5 - with a few Spring fairs and my studio open for 10 days during North Somerset Arts Week, in May, I think will be popular
Week 6 was still cold weather, so I worked with decals, which fuse into the glass, hence the suitably attired penguins and, having a few small pieces of glass, I've made some fridge magnets with nature inspired decals
Which by week 7 had made it into my Etsy shop!
Week 8 - and a hint of Spring in the air! By now we are at the end of February. Using a piece of driftwood collected from a local beach and some small pieces of glass, I've made wind chimes, which catch the wind by my window and are quite melodic, they also look pretty - although I am still working how best to hand them so all the pieces hang the same way. If you've solved this one, do share, I think it is to do with the nylon wire being on a spool?
Week 9 - I had a pot of slithers so have made a few small bowls, this was the first, I think I prefer later versions that use less colour but this is actually quite pretty.
Which brings us up to date at week 10 - something else I tried in my 3 hour taster session last Autumn, struggled with at the time (you need steady hands for this, I don't have steady hands) and then couldn't remember how I did it. Back to You Tube, and at least I have done a lot of fabric printing over the years and how different can it be? So here I have a stencil (but not screen) printed coaster. I rather like the process (I loved and miss screen printing textiles) so will be doing more of these I think.
Much of my fused glass work is available from my Etsy shop and I will have some, but not all at a new fair I am attending on Saturday 28th March from 10am to 3pm in Nailsea Tithe Barn (which they seem to have listed under Christmas Fayre on their website!) and at an Easter Fair in Weston-s-Mare Winter Gardens on April 4th and 5th. Of course I will also have my lampwork and sea glass jewellery as well as my new fused work.
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