Since I haven't been at the torch in so long I finally got to spend a little time there yesterday. Only about an hour but I had a whole bunch of fun in that hour ! :) I tried something new to me - a blown ornament. I have been researching this type glassy fun for several weeks now and there are a number of ways to do it.
I decided to go for it using what I have on hand - soft glass (104 coe), frit and a hollow mandrel. Since this was the first time doing such a thing, I did have to melt it down and blow it out several times before I was able to get the round shape. I was surprised I didn't close off the air bubble doing that so many times. Still, in the end, it turned out and I still consider it my very first try.
Pictured below is that ornament. I borrowed a cap from an ornament already on the tree so I'll have to find a replacement. No biggie. :) Remember to click on the photo to get a bigger and better view.
Not too bad I think. I'm going to play some more today and hope for the best. I have 3 mandrels prepped and ready to go. I did place an order for glaskoben to do it yet another way. I'll get into that more when that arrives and I've had a chance to use it. Hopefully before Christmas. :)
I did make a few other beads as well. Just to get back in the swing of things since it's been so long I actually made beads. I used some glass & shards I've had for a couple years and it's just been sitting. Figured it was time to do something with some of it and these are the results.
Thanks so much for coming by ! I hope you come back again sometime soon. I'll be back as usual now.