This is one of the reasons I love lampwork! I ordered some glass from Howaco, in the US, and due to a mix-up with the shipping label, it didn’t come to me. Instead, it got delivered to Jolene (of Kitzbitz Art Glass), in London.
And even though Jolene didn’t know me, not only did she arrange to get my parcel delivered, she also invited me round for pizza and a play on her torch! I had a great evening, the only downside is that I now have serious glass envy, having seen Jo’s stash.
Still, I’m working on mine, and when I got home I was able to unpack the latest addition. Can’t wait to get melting, especially the dichro – sparkly!
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend Di’s ‘Sea-change Style Secrets’ class. Di makes the most beautiful paperweights, inspired by coral reefs, and although I had watched her make them I really wanted to learn to make them for myself.
On the first day we learned how to build the different components onto a base, and encase it in a dome of clear glass. In the afternoon, Di gave us all some of her stunning murrini and showed us how to open them out on a bead. The next morning, we were thrilled to see what came out of the kiln!
Di made the paperweight as a demo – the photo really doesn’t do it justice!
The Sunday was devoted to learning to make the murrini components that make up the sea creatures. Di makes it look so much easier than it is, but despite some wobbly moments I was thrilled with the canes I made.
Heating the cane prior to pulling
I had a brilliant weekend, with a group of lovely people. I’ve made my first paperweight since, and I can’t wait to get some time on the torch to make some more.