While I’m busy working on new mosaics to blog about in the future, I’d like to share a bit of my other glass journey, flameworking. Started flameworking at the wonderful GSS Studio in late 2015. You can read about my initial foray in this old blog post -> here.
Early last year I learned a new skill at the studio – glass blowing!
This is glass blowing on small scale, not big vases or cups, but beads or little forms. To do this, you use small hand held metal pipes, get a blob of glass molten in the flame and stick it to the end of the pipe then blow on the opposite (this part is important 😉 ) end.
Sounds simple, but it’s hard to get an initial bubble of air into a blob of glass. It feels as if you’re blowing your lungs out sometimes and nothing is happening! You can help your initial bubble along by holding your pipe certain ways and also using your tongue to stop up the air in the pipe which forces it to expand into the glass. But, once your bubble gets going it’s really easy to then blow too much – or hold the air in the pipe a bit long and it expands too quick – then POP!! Your glass bubble blows up and out and all over the place in tiny little shards. Sadly, this has happened more than once to me but now with practice it is a lot less. 🙂
After learning round bubbles, I’ve tried making different shapes or opening the bubbles up and sculpting them to make some fun forms.
Don’t know what I’ll do with what I’ve made so far – some have turned into necklaces and the rest are just some pretty baubles resting in a clear glass container. I’ve been playing around with some ideas for incorporating them into the mosaics – but not sure yet how that will play out. For now, this small scale glass blowing is just a bit of super fun stuff to play with and relax. Some pics of the creations so far are below. 🙂
Getting ready to go on a little adventure, so will be MIA for a bit but will return soon with fun pictures to share!