Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Seasons Greetings

 Wishing all my 'internet friends' a Happy Christmas
and best wishes for the coming year.
Helen xx 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Hot glass - the results!

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.

It is just a lovely piece of pure texture!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Working with hot glass

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!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

A little snow

We haven't had much snow here - just the merest sprinkle.  My eldest son went out hunting for it the other day and took some lovely pictures...

I told you he was tall!!!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New! ffflower kits!

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.

Now available here in my etsy ffflowers shop.

I only have a very few of these at the moment so if you would like one, don't delay!  They would make a great Christmas present for someone crafty!


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