This little fused glass bowl started out, in my head, as a very balanced and uniform geometric design, but ended up a lot more random. But I think that’s the beauty of glass art, you can just adapt to your design whims.
At least, to a point. I suppose the glass does dictate a little, but there is so much you can do with glass. More than you may realise.
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A lady rang me one day asking if I would be able to make a bracelet out of some per-decimal silver coins that she had. She told me that it was for her daughters sixtieth birthday and that the dates on the coins related to her birthday. I told her that I would love to make it for her so she arranged to come around and give me the coins.
While having a conversation with her she thought that it would be a good idea to also have another bracelet made for her daughter-in-law. She had enough coins for more than one bracelet so she decided to also get me to make one for her as well. I showed her a couple of styles I could do the bracelets in. One was like a charm bracelet and the other style was a linked bracelet that joined the coins with jump rings on both sides. She decided to go with the charm bracelet style.
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Can’t say I’m a fan of cold working fused glass. It can be a bit tedious and also a little stressful. But it has to be done and the easier it is, as far as I’m concerned, the better.
So what do you do if you only have a small budget? Well, you make do, a lot. I do have a smaller budget and can’t just buy all those nice things like belt sanders etc, so I had to find a few alternatives. This article is all about how my station for cold working fused glass came about.
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Fused glass part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your glass art. They can include many colours and complex patterns, but sometimes you just want something simple, like a classic black and white design.
In this tutorial I’ll cover a very simple way to create two versions of a classic black and white fused glass part sheet. One is white on black, the other black on white.
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Glass fusing part sheets are a great way to add interesting elements to your pieces. They can be used in so many ways. It all comes down to your creativity.
In this glass fusing tutorial I will cover just one method to make a part sheet. It is simple, but very flexible and gives you many choices as far as colour combinations etc. The method is strip construction.
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I just love making glass art, and I especially love adding a little something extra to the pieces I make. This fused glass bowl has that litte extra, though it may not be obvious at first glance.
In this fused glass project you may have to look twice to get the message, but it is there and if you make one similar you will love the surprise comments from others when they have a second look.
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Don’t you just love fused glass pattern bars? They are so versatile. You can slice them up and use them in so many projects. And the possible patterns are endless.
This post shows how I made a simple red, white and blue pattern bar.
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The Moh’s hardness scale refers to scratch hardness. The resistance of one mineral to be scratched by another.
Friedrich Mohs (1773-1839), a Viennese mineralogist, introduced the term scratch hardness. The scale ranges from the softest at 1 through to the hardest at 10. Gemstones with a hardness of 1 and 2 are considered to be soft, from 3 to 5 medium, with 6 and over considered to be hard.
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Some of the gemstone names we commonly use can be very confusing, and often costly to those unaware. For example, ‘Indian Jade’ is actually Aventurine, a form of quartz. The reference to ‘Jade’ is confusing and simply incorrect.
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If you didn’t make it to the Cobb & Co Handmade Under the Stars artisan twilight markets, sadly, you missed out on a fantastic evening.
We were at the market last year and were very happy with the event on that occasion. There was a great turn out then, even though it rained, but this year has exceeded our expectations.
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Hey Everyone. We will be at the Handmade Under the Stars twilight market to the Cobb & Co museum here in Toowoomba. This is a fantastic market for handmade goods so please drop in and come say hello.
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On Saturday 22 September we were at the CUA Community Hub for their market for the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Such a great day. The staff at CUA went all out to decorate the Hub with a great theme for the carnival.
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We have to thank them immensely for their efforts and congratulate them on the day.