A couple of weeks ago my coworker & friend Diane heard I work with stained glass. She had tried it years ago and is thinking about taking it up again. I offered to go over the basics with her if she came over. So 3 Sunday’s ago she came by and we spent a couple of hours playing with stained glass 🙂 I’ve never really taught anyone anything before [!], so I was pretty nervous. I learn best by doing, so I told her we were both going to make a stained glass star. I didn’t take any photos because I was so focused on teaching!
We used the same pattern I used for my original stars:
Diane made a beautiful blue & white star which I wish I’d taken a picture of.
I made a blue star for my mom – it’s a [very] belated Mother’s Day gift. After Diane left I added wire swirls to each foot:
Then I made a deep purple star for my blog friend Jessica. It has a wonderful deep hue and a subtle texture to it:
Here’s a photo of it from Jessica’s blog [she wrote a whole post about it!] which shows the true color:
I’ve been wanting to make Jessica a star ever since receiving the wonderful bowl she made, which she gave away with 5 others on her blog back in April. I won the bowl I loved the most, which was #4 out of 6 designs:
The bowl looks beautiful on our very messy coffee table [it’s not usually so messy]. And it looks different in different lighting:
A camera flash brings out the creamy hue of the blue. It’s such a beautifully made & glazed bowl!
After making Jessica’s star, I finally converted my friend Christyne’s spectacular piece of beach glass into a pendant for her. She found it on the beach last December:
It’s been sitting on my workbench since Spring. So after teaching Diane and after making the 2 stars, I grabbed the beach glass and did my best. Having never made anything jewelry-like, I wasn’t sure how to proceed. I ground down the edges then wrapped the piece in copper foil, soldering the foil to turn it silver. Then I carefully wrapped a piece of 14 gauge pre-tinned copper wire around the piece, and soldered it to the foil for added strength. A wire loop at the top was all it needed to turn into instant jewelry:
Here’s a closeup of the front & back:
I know the flower is sideways now, but I was focusing on the shape of the pendant, and which way it would look the best while hanging. Christyne loves it and said she gets many compliments:
Once the chameleon is done, I look forward to more stained glassing.