Glass jewellery and 5 year olds!
My youngest loves playing with my finished glass 'nuggets' . They're smooth, shiny, colourful and extremely durable. Like pirates treasure in fact. This week, after some thought about how to do it safely I let him have a go. I pre-fired lots of different plain glass to make flat, smooth bases for pictures. I also fired glass strings and lots of tiny balls of many different colours.
He added lots of glue.
He used the bases to create mini monsters that he wants to make into magnets. If I use a tack fuse programme the balls will stay 3-D.
So then he wanted to make a suncatcher or maybe something sparkly for the Christmas tree. He selected clear glass offcuts so no flying bits of glass and then added dichroic glass chips to hopefully create a sparkle effect.
I have loaded the kiln with his work and a few of my own pieces and fingers crossed it works out as expected.
The finished suncatcher.
I think it turned out brilliantly. He's mighty pleased with it too.