Day 237~366

The process of glass blowing is long , hot, and arduous and would take far too long to write about here, but I can heartily recommend visiting a glass blowing factory and seeing it in action if you ever get the chance.
Glass colouring and colour marking may be obtained by the addition of colouring ions,by precipitation of nanometer sized colloides (so-called striking glasses such as “gold ruby”or red “selenium ruby”), by colored inclusions (as in milk glass and smoked glass), by light scattering (as in phase separated glass), 5) by dichroic coatings (see dichroic glass), or 6) by colored coatings.

I went to The Alum glass blowing workshop at The Needles in the Isle of Wight, and was amazed at watching the whole process.

Sulphur is used with Iron (Fe) and Carbon (C) to produce amber glass, the colour of which can vary from very light straw to a deep reddish-brown or even black. Under the strongly reducing conditions created by the carbon, iron polysulphides are formed and these give the required depth of colour. Which is what was used in my little glass cat that I bought there.

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Day 116~366

Sun turns blue and gold

but winter air still lingers,

strange times we live in.

A Wardley Haiku 😀

Today it has snowed, and hailed, and been sunny, and very very windy and cold.  In my conservatory the sun illuminated my glass art work, while it hailed outside on the front garden. Strange times.

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Day 75~366

A few years ago one of my hobbies was mosaics.  This was one of my early attempts, it’s a bit rustic and bonkers colours, in fact a bit rubbishy really, but I was chuffed with it at the time and gave it to Shelley to hang on her bathroom wall. Since she got her own home I’ve commandeered the bathroom so I can fit all of my girl stuff in it and not have to share it with bloke stuff 😀 and the mirror is still there.  It’s grown on me but I can’t say I blame her for leaving it behind! 😀 😀

Every mosaic piece is either square or cut from a square glass tesserae, which is hard work and I wasn’t very good at getting the shapes I wanted!

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Balls

Weekend nearly over now, after a busy but disappointing week at work, car trouble, cancellations, only a couple of sales, sigh. Was glad to get to Friday night! Had a lovely weekend though doing not much at all  :).  Had a play with my glass Crystal Balls and camera, took me a fair while to figure out the lighting and how to shoot them without reflections and refractions so a good exercise.

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