Last night was the last glass class. I have so enjoyed the classes. Last night we made jewelry with dichroic glass. I will not have those pieces back for a week or so but I can share everything else I made over the past 3 weeks. Remember, like with quilting classes, this was a learning experience. There's some big time "yuk" but there are a few winners, like the little plate I made in the first class.
This is a pendant lamp shade that I made in the first class with the blue bowl. I wasn't going to share it because it's a Christmas gift for my SIL for her kitchen. She (and my brother) are remodeling the kitchen and using tiles in greys, browns and blacks. I'm really happy with the way this turned out. I've already sent her a photo of it because I couldn't wait. Hopefully it will work in her kitchen.
In the second class we did some "weaving" and casting. These are my cast pieces. I actually made 3 of them but one is stuck in the mold. Apparently it wasn't coated well enough with the release agent. Glad that wasn't on me! I'm not sure what I will do with these. They are kind of cool but I can't see wearing either of them as a pendant.
Here's a failure for you! She wanted us to work with decals so I did and I think it's awful. This would have been cool with just the blue dots on lime. I'm glad for the experience but they can keep the decals. This can be smashed up for future projects.
Here's another fail. It actually looks better in the photo than it looks in real life. The gray stripes are copper foil. Yes, I expected copper, not ash. This can be another one for the smash pile. Both of these plates are 6" square.
Here's my big win of the class. I LOVE this plate. It's 12" square. All 5 people in class made a wove plate. Only 3 survived the firing unfortunately. I'm glad mine was one of them!
I do not have a lot of hope for my jewelry pieces but I'll share them when I get them. As with everything I do, I went all anal retentive and used a lot of tiny glass scraps for my pieces and spent a lot of time sanding them down to fit together like a quilt. It's going to me much ado about a mess.
Now, I am having a big internal debate about going forward with this craft. I absolutely love working with the glass and I think I can get into this hobby for about $1200 to cover a used kiln with glass and supplies that would last about a year. It's a lot of money but that's not the dilemma. The dilemma is time. Will I have (or make) the time? I have talked myself in and out of it 15 times in the past 5 days. I REALLY enjoy doing it and I don't expect to spend a lot of time working with glass but I'd love a couple of hours a week and that would certainly be enough time to create gifts and things for myself without winding up with closets full of glass.
I don't know. I'll figure it out eventually! Meanwhile I will just enjoy my woven plate.