The Random Writings of Rachel: Glass Art Adventures

Glass Art Adventures

My Aunt own a glass art business, and we recently got to spend a little time with her and soak in some knowledge about the science behind glass art. Angel, who prefers to avoid crafts of any sort for unknown reasons, chose to watch Wreck It Ralph while the rest of us fulfilled our artistic dreams.

I could have played with glass for days, if given the chance. Learning about all the different tools and machines and types of glass we could use was exciting! I find glass art to be an unusually scientific area of art. I mean, when you're working with paper or yarn, there's a lot of room for experimenting, and so too with glass, but it seems that you at least have to know some of the science behind the art if you don't want to end up with explosions in your kiln or pieces of "art" melt into something completely different than what you intended. Paper is not usually that risky.

I would love to have experimented with different techniques, but for my first-ever glass piece I chose to err on the safe side and try a mosaic style.

 Picking out the pieces.

 Sketching out my planned design.

Safety glasses are necessary when cutting glass!

This was my finished project, right before it was put in the kiln. I went for a somewhat mismatched rainbow look.

 Everyone else in the family came up with different patterns, too. I loved Anna's mosaic tree!

Have you ever had the chance to play with glass?

43 comments:

  1. I have been to a glass shop where colored/blown glass was made but I was a kid and didn't do more beyond look haha my dad worried too much

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  2. That looks so fun! I'm making ceramic stones with the kids I nanny today! It's fun to get a little artsy! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Is it bad that the first thing I thought is "whoa! I could do this with my daughter!!" and my daughter is 2.5. whoops! Guess I need to wait on that one! hahaha.

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  4. I made a giraffe mosaic before! It was so much fun to combine the different colors to make the giraffe.

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  5. Very pretty! I'm curious if your art looks different after being in the kiln?

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  6. How fun!!! I'm jealous that you got to play with glass!!! :-)

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  7. i have never done this but i would LOVE to!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  8. That's so cool! I want to see your finished piece! My aunt is into that kind of thing too and took a class to make a stained glass window - she is ridiculously crafty and hand makes cards and gift bags and said that was one of the hardest crafty things to do. But it looks so great when it's done!

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  9. Oh wow, how cool is that!?! I would totally go and play with some glass one day, like that! Your picture looked really bright and fun. They would make the perfect gifts for a baby's room!

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  10. I love your bright piece - how very 'you' :p looks like a fab lace to go and let your creative self out - hopefully you can visit again soon!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  11. Whoa! That looks so cool! And it sounds like fun too! Although, watching Wreck It Ralph sounds fun to me too :p

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  12. I agree, definitely riskier than paper, I love watching glass-blowing, but knowing how hot it is makes me nervous! Looks like it was fun though, and the results were pretty!

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  13. Oh my gosh these are GORGEOUS! I love how BRIGHT they are! :D

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  14. That is soooo cool Rachel :) Lol you know I saw that movie, Wreck It Ralph, with my son and my bf in theaters and we all enjoyed it!! It was quite an awesome movie :) I definitely want to see the finished product :) Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  15. What fun, Rachel! One of my aunts is also into glass art, and her designs are always GORGEOUS, but I've never had the chance to make it with her, so this makes me want to give it a shot next time I'm visiting her. How'd the final results turn out of y'all's pieces?

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  16. How fun! Loved your rainbow!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  17. That looks so fun! I've always wanted to do that!

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  18. Those are awesome! What a great creative project!

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  19. Ooh, it's so pretty! I can't wait to see the final piece!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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  20. Oooo do we get to see them after the kiln. This looks fun. My friend does pottery and she has to be very careful with the kiln.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  21. Oh this is so fun! I've been really in touch with my crafty side lately-- l'd love to do something like this! Never experimented with glass before. Your mismatched rainbow is so cute.

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  22. Wow...those are beautiful! Sounds like a lot of fun!

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  23. I need to get into something new, this looks like a fun craft project. Your art looks gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Happy weekend!

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  24. I did some stuff like this with my sisters! We then melted it together to make jewelry! it was fun!

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  25. How pretty! I'd love to do something like that!

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  26. That looks like so much fun! What does it look like when it comes out? Similar?

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  27. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog, Rachel! Your blog seems so happy. I can't wait to read more. :) You are very brave to try glass art. I love crafting, but I stick to paper and paints. I am sure you had a lot of fun though!

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  28. Wow! Great job! I want to see the after!

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  29. Hi Rachel,

    I hopped over here from the lovely Ali's blog and this lovely lady seems to have lots of very sincere people commenting. I love people like you who takes the time and effort to read and comment. Since I'm new to your blog, I spent a little time snooping around to know more about you. I'm thrilled to know that you could speak Mandarin and that you call Malaysia your home. I'm from Singapore so I could be considered your neighbour down south if you were residing in Malaysia. I had lots of fun reading your profile and you sound like a lovely person to hang out with! I'm weird to a certain extent too and I'm sure we could hang out.

    I've never played and make art work with glass before and you're rigth about how you need to know some scietific facts about glass to make glass art quite unlike paper. The rainbow and tree look absolutely gorgeous! I am following you now and I hope we could remain the constant interaction. =)

    BTW, I'm holding my 2nd blog giveaway. There are Kimmidoll, L'Occitane, Crabtree n Evelyn and Fleurfaerie stuff to be won. No obligations of coz. but feel free to check it out and participate if keen. Have a lovely Sunday!

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  30. Hmm that's weird. I tried following via GFC and google said they are unable to process my request. Lemme try again when I restart my laptop. =)

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  31. Oh how lucky you got to play and create your own glass art! I bet yours turns out beautifully, it looks stunning all laid out :)

    Away From Blue

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  32. Those are beautiful! I have not had the chance to play with glass...my town has this adorable little art center and I've been meaning to go there for years. Adding it to my bucket list!! :)

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  33. So creative! Wanna steal this idea. Visiting from SITS.

    herweightlossdiary.blogspot.com

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  34. I really wanna try this sometime! They have had workshops at the building my church meets at before because I think a couple members do it regularly, but I've never been able to attend for one reason or another. Do you have pics of the finished product?

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  35. DUDEWHAT! This looks like it was so much fun! And the result is absolutely beautiful. I love how colorful and clear glass it. It just catches the light in such a beautiful way. I haven't had the chance to play with glass except for a very, very long time ago in elementary school when we stuck it to tiny terracotta pots with a quick drying clay-like cement. :D This looks like much more fun, tho!

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  36. Glass art is such a beautiful form. I haven't created any myself but have visited a couple amazing glass art studios and have always enjoyed, and appreciate it immensely. (Lately I have also visited Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle and seriously could not leave for hours :) Your creation is so pretty; I love the mismatched look and how happy the rainbow is. Really enjoyed reading your experience! XOXO, Elif @theboxqueen

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  37. that looks so fun and gorgeous - we have glass art murals in minneapolis that are really inspiring, and i've been meaning to take a glass to bring some if into my apartment :) you can see my favorite one here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/223350462742424795/

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  38. Very cool! Normally I steer clear of anything too artsy because I'm not so good with it. But that looks like something I wouldn't mind trying out.

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  39. So neat! How different does the piece look when it comes out of the kiln as compared to before you put it in?

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  40. Again with that adorable vest! It always looks so cute on you! <3

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