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I have made my first big organic waffle! This is the first of my new range of place mats to go with my coasters.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. It is 19x19cm, the perfect size for your plate, and available to order in a range of colours.

Picture with a coaster, for scale:

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I have had a post approved on the [livejournal.com profile] geekcrafts community! Click on the coasters to see it!

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I have made the first two dishes with my new slumping mould! Click on the pictures to see bigger versions in my gallery ...

This one is still cooling down in the kiln - more exciting pictures to come!

I'm really happy with these. (Size 15x15cm)
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I have made quite a lot more glass coasters recently, and have developed some fantastic designs! I have also managed to photograph quite a few of my earlier pieces, and those are now available to view in my gallery: http://www.janecameron.co.uk/gallery.html

I hope to list some of these pieces in my etsy shop soon, but if you are interested in ordering anything in the meantime please do contact me.

I have had some lovely comments about this set, which are really encouraging.
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I'm in the process of making some more batches of glass dangly window stars. They're so pretty! I have some new colours and they look fantastic!

I now make these with wire loops embedded as part of the firing process - no loose ends or sharp corners - just hang up and enjoy!

I'll be showing and selling my work at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre on the evening of Friday 2nd July, when there will be a performance by Aydenne Simone. Book your tickets now - it should be a fantastic night!


Apr. 12th, 2010 11:07 pm
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I got the most amazing piece of fused glass out of the kiln tonight ... here's a bit of the detail:

I'm really happy with it. It's utterly amazing - I could look at it for hours!

It's 30x30cm - this is just a small bit of it. I'll be doing some proper photos of it soon ...
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A lovely assortment of slightly retro glass coasters:

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I made my first lattice! 15x15cm, clear glass.

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I'm so happy!

Window stars:


In progress - having a peek to see whether they're done yet - kiln at about 800 degrees C.

(Yes they ARE glowing red hot!)


(This is half of a matched set of 8 - would look magnificent on any dining table!)

These are the first coasters I've done in this kiln, and I'm really happy with them.

Firing 0003

Apr. 9th, 2010 08:10 am
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This was my first "leave it" overnight firing, so I'm just pleased that it worked! :)

The pink changes a LOT in the kiln. Also first experiment with wire hanging loops - seems to have worked quite well. Yay!

Oh, and next door neighbour has now seen the flowers from the previous firing and loves them! Yay!

Firing 0002

Apr. 6th, 2010 08:16 am
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Second firing!

Kiln is still at 70 degrees C so will have to leave to cool till I get home. They seem to have come out fine. I'll find out properly tonight. *impatient*
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Before I turned it on .................................... and when I opened it up again this morning ...

What was left over in the kiln ...

All polished up and ready to hang!

* I'm really happy with it! Have written loads of notes so I know (hopefully) what to do better next time.
* This is the first time I've used coloured glass
* I'm not particularly keen on the iridescent glass, but that's OK as it was a free sample.
* The little squares with metal inside (5cm sq, 2mm+2mm glass from a broken picture!) fused PERFECTLY! I'm so happy!
* Have discovered that on 2mm glass, the "score, then turn over and press with end of rubber pliers" is better than "score and groze"
* The iridescent glass held its shape much better (which I didn't want!)
* The lavender one is fantastic!
* The plain blue one (front right) was only 2mm not 3mm so it overfired a bit and absorbed some of the thinfire paper - I deliberately put it in so I would find out which thickness of glass the firing cycle worked best for. It also shrank round the fibre paper I was using to make the hole, so I had to wash that out with a cocktail stick. There were only a few little spikes on the flowers, and none at all on the metal squares!

However, nothing broke and nothing stuck to the shelf, so for a first firing I consider this a rousing success!

I will be hanging these up as a window ornament.


Apr. 2nd, 2010 06:13 pm
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It's now set up in the kitchen!!!

Um, it wouldn't go through the door from the garage to the house ... by 2 inches! We had to take all the kiln bricks out (with rubber gloves and mask on) and take the handle off the kitchen door, and take it through on its side, then hoover it and put them all back in again! It was much easier to lift without the bricks in ... and no, I didn't have any left over!

I'm doing the "settle" empty test firing at the moment ... 2 hours to go!

*so happy*

Fusing fun!

Apr. 1st, 2010 09:17 am
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My new glass fusing kiln will be arriving this weekend. I'm really looking forward to it and have all sorts of exciting things lined up to experiment with.

These include metal foils, coloured glass rods, frits and powders. I have also bought my first slumping mould (!) and will be making 3D objects such as bowls and plates (and soap dishes!).

Here's a coaster I made earlier ...

I have fantastic plans involving old glass bottles and bits of the old greenhouse, and hope to do some experimenting with making cast glass paperweights.

However, the first thing I will be doing is a series of sample pieces to get the hang of the new firing cycles.

Pictures of the kiln will follow when it's safely delivered and set up!
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I recently went on a glass fusing course - these were what I came up with! The first one is blue glass powder, red frit and metal inclusions. The second one is glass powders. Both of these are two layers thick, with all the decoration being between the two layers:


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