Michelle, a very dear friend of mine, bought me a very unusual Christmas present that we put to use just the other day. She’d bought a glass making group session for five friends and herself at ‘Number8Glass’ (http://www.number8glass.co.uk) at their new purpose built studio. I hadn’t done this kind of thing before so I didn’t know what to expect; in fact we all went along with an open mind, hoping to have a good time.
And we succeeded!
We were met by the lovely Katherine in her home before she took us through to her new all-singing, all-dancing studio in her back garden. It’s a fantastic building, definitely one crafty space I am very jealous of; it’s large, spacious, glass fronted, stylish and modern but functional at the same time. I want one!
The six of us settled around a table – Melissa, Elaine, Jo, Gaynor, Michelle and I. We were all given aprons and safety goggles to wear. Katherine explained all the goodies that were laid out in front of us – glass rods, crushed glass of varying grades, Mica powders and the necessary glues.
It was a world away from making cards and I was definitely out of my comfort zone!
After a few hints and tips from Katherine we were each given a small square of glass, the colour of which we got to choose for ourselves. We then set about designing our pieces…
|My attempt, in its early stages...|
I roughly drew my design on a piece of paper; I wanted a simple pink and gold design and I created this using glass rods and a special type of paper designed to withstand great heat in a kiln. I coated this with Mica powders to co-ordinate with my design and then I sprinkled white and pink crushed glass over the whole design. A smaller piece of glass was laid over the top, which formed a seal when Katherine put this in the kiln.
We had a choice of shape for our finished piece – we could opt for flat, or a shallow dish, or a deep dish. I opted for the shallow dish.
|...and as a finished piece.|
In this blog I’ve included pictures of some of the other designs – Melissa’s rabbit, Elaine’s beautiful angel wings and Michelle’s exploding star motif. Jo’s design was inspired by her current crochet project, and Gaynor produced an elegant green and gold design.
|Elaine's angel wings|
|Michelle's exploding star|
|Gaynor's Green and Gold|
It was a fascinating experience and the two hours absolutely flew by.
The glass was placed in the kiln after we’d left – due to the incredible temperatures that step is best left to the expert! Our ‘masterpieces’ were delivered to Michelle about a week later.
It was a great present. I love imaginative and out of the ordinary gifts like this one, especially when it involves getting together and having a laugh with friends.
Merry Christmas Michelle, even though it’s late April!