Monday, 14 November 2011

Handmade Monday

The past week has been a one of craft firsts- First I sat down and made a plan of what I wanted to make, not my usual style of crafting but one I think I'll adopt, then I cuts shapes out of glass instead of straight (ish) strips (need practice and some way to smooth the edges out so they are..err..smooth, I used glassline to draw on the glass and I made my first blank.  

My pieces of glass waiting to be fired

This is the blank I made... well done to Caroline who correctly guessed Poppies! When I was sat down designing I was thinking of big flowers and just ended up with poppies, I think Remembrance Sunday must have subconsciously paid its part.
For my first go I'm quiet happy with how this turned out though I'm not that keen on the bubbles and think I may have to alter my firing schedule next time..also I wanted the petals to be more separate... I guess its all about experimentation at this point.

I wasn't just setting out to make a flat piece, nope, time for another first.. slumping! I bought a soap dish mold and, with a bit of trepidation, I put that and the glass back in the kiln....





Not very good photos, but I think it turned out pretty well and was gifted to my mum who is using it as a candle holder and not a soap dish!



Have a great Handmade Monday  everyone.

LH
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14 comments:

  1. They are simply lovely... I also love the fact that it is curved, just gorgeous :)

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  2. Yay me! These are just lovely and I know you wanted to try slumping but I think the flat poppies are just stunning - bubbles included. Imagine them as a pendant around someones neck, lovely stuff.

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  3. The poppies look great, lovely bright colours, I love experimenting, it's great to see how the things we make change over time.

    Jan x

    Shut the door is a good one, my mum used to say that I must of been born in a field because I never closed a door behind me. x

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  4. Wow, that's beautiful - it looks like you've been making them for years! Liz x

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  5. Well done for your first piece very good, ignore the bubbles they were meant to be there and add dimension

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  6. I love poppies and that is a lovely piece of work. I like to experiment keeps the creative juices flowing.

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  7. Looks like you've found a new craft, poppies look lovely. Never heard of 'slumping' but it looks good - a brave venture, that you should definitely repeat.

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  8. You gotta go jewellery on this. And bigger. Go place mats for plates. This are EXCELLENT. Make a great gift for any occasion. Well done!

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  9. Lovely and very brave to work with hot melty stuff - I would be in A&E!

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  10. Beautiful poppies-the red's so vibrant.

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  11. I think that came out beautifully! I just HAVE to get my kiln going again!

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  12. Wow - they look just gorgeous!

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