Yesterday I went to a glass workshop at university which was a much needed break after a busy few weeks due to hand in. It was a lot of fun and something I was really keen to sign up for.
The process was something completely different to what I was expecting, to cut the glass you use a pen type tool which contains tungsten steel, you have to score along the glass, flip it and then press down on the line and it just snaps in half!
I opted to make a set of coasters out of my sheet of glass.
(I kind of wanted the challenge of cutting 12 identical squares – l like to make things easy!)
After I had cut them all out and washed them (and cut my hands) it was time to decorate them, I went for a general colour scheme of blue tones so I used silver and copper foils (it changes to a blue colour in the kiln) and added some teal coloured glass shards and grit (like grains of coloured salt) and and glass powder.
Photo credit: Alice Blayney
The next day they were ready for pick up, I am really pleased with how they turned out, as to be honest I wasn’t really sure what to expect! I think all the different tones and textures are a nice mix, also they didn’t misalign like I was worried they would!