Ah well, it has become too cold to work out in the Glassebo for the time being. When your fingers get numb, and you can see your breath when your face is a foot away from the flame... it's time. I'm just glad I was able to get my last couple of projects finished. For the "Holiday Ornaments" swap, I decided to make tree-light inspired Hollow Vessels.
Making Hollow Vessels is a bit like making a coil pot, but out of glass. You coil a thin string of glass off the end of the mandrel and build it out in a bubble shape. If you do it right, you don't get any gaps in the layers. Once you close of the end and then heat it evenly, it does a neat puffing thing as the air in the bubble expands. It took a few tries, but I got the hang of it.
|This was my first successful Hollow Vessel. You can really see the hollow in it in this picture, but in person, it's a very dark glass.|
|I also learned to make the wire-wrapped dropper and chain for this project. Green went nicely.|
|But, red was the winner! These were the charms I sent out.|
|I started playing around to see what I could do with beyond "lightbulb" shapes. Decorating is going to take more practice, but this is the largest, most hollowest vessel I was able to make.|