Monday, August 4, 2014

I mentioned there would be new series starting this month. In may and June, I did 30 Days of Food. This month, I am doing 30 Days of DIY. Let me start by saying I love DIY projects. Despite that, I think I may be biting off more than I can chew with committing to 30 projects in 30 day. I do have a full time job and a fairly packed volunteer calendar. But, I’m excited. I have a ton of projects filling my virtual vision boards under the “To Do/Try This” moniker and I figured there’s no time like the present. I’m jumping in head first. Feel free to send me suggestions.

The first project is a fused glass bowl I made in the OBX. We took a class where we learned to design glassware with a mixture of glass frit and whole glass tiles. I learned to score and break glass, The process was much easier than I thought it would be. I left wanting to invest in a tiny kiln so I could make more stuff at home. For now, I will have to be satisfied with my tiny glass bowl.

I started by drawing a template onto a circular glass panel with a sharpie (the marker burns off in the kiln). Next, I layered glue (Elmer’s school glue worked for this project…easy enough, right?) onto the template (small sections at a time) and put the glass frit in colors of my choice into the design.

When I’d finished using the frit, I opted to cut a few tiles in complimentary colors. Then, I laid them out mosaic style onto the glass pane. After making my final adjustments, the glass was fired in the kiln. The next day, voila!  Cute candy bowl for my desk. The bowl can also be used to hold small accessories (stud earrings, etc). If you find yourself in the OBX, be sure to check out the glass fusion class at Studio12.*  I definitely plan on working with glass again in the future. 

* Check out the story of the Studio 12 owners here. Great story!! 

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