Thursday, 14 May 2015

Glass Fused Coasters

My sister-in-law and I recently went on a glass-fusing workshop.  When she suggested it I was most excited, as I never thought I'd see the day we were crafting together!  (As much as she loves the things I make, she's never really been the crafting type - but finally that's changing!  She'll be a craft geek like me in no time - mwuhahahaha!)

You could make what you liked within the limits of a certain overall size - so I decided on two coasters, and a kind of retro square design...



I had to cut out all of those white, blue and green squares of glass.  You use a similar technique to cutting tiles.  Score and snap.  Although the glass is sharper and my hands ended up cut to shreds!  (Ok, slight exaggeration, but I had a few cuts!  Most people didn't, so I'm not sure whether I'm clumsy or something...?)

I stacked the glass squares into the design I wanted and semi-stuck them with glue.  (I say semi, because they were still moving all over the place as the glue was so wet.)  You leave your positioned pieces with the ladies who run the course, to be fired in the kiln - and these are the finished items!



I'm very pleased with them - worth the blood!!!

My sister in law made a very cute beach hut plaque...



How gorgeous is that?!  And she quickly threw together another plaque at the end with some pre-cut colourful bits of glass.  We absolutely love the result, so bright and cheerful!



She's clearly a natural crafter!!

I hope this is the start of more creative times together!  ;)






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7 comments:

  1. Lovely to share crafty time with your sister-in-law. I hadn't heard of glass fusion before, but the results are great. Your coasters are a lovely combination of colours.

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    1. Thanks Janet - it was great fun crafting with her!
      I know, there are all sorts of things you can do with the glass fusion - there are some incredible designs out there!

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  2. Oh these are so clever! Yours in true Maria colours of course. And your sister-in-law, she does no crafting ever and then she just throws together the beach-hut coaster just like that. And I remember her Olaf. That lady has talent! She should devote her time to more crafting! And so lovely for you to get a craft partner in crime ;-) xx

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    1. I know - she should definitely craft more! That Olaf pumpkin was amazing. I'm working on her! ;)
      xx

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  3. WHAT! These are gorgeous Maria! That pattern and colour combo is beautiful!!! And very 'Maria' ;) I love the little bubbles included in them too. Even if they're not supposed to be there, I find them charming.

    I did a glass cutting class once, about a hundred years ago and I found it a bit nerve wrecking - I'm so used to trying not so break glass, so it felt really unnatural, ha! And don't worry, I didn't escape that class unscathed either xx

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    1. Thanks Alex! Yeah, I like the bubbles too! I'm really pleased with the coasters, but it was hard work! I know what you mean about being nerve-wracking. I was definitely pleased when I'd finished all the cutting!
      xx

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