Thursday, 7 March 2013

fused glass monster aliens

Monster aliens or alien monsters, I'm not really sure which.

A couple of weeks ago I had a transport issue - I have to take Mr CA's car to glass class as a window just does not fit in the boot of a mini (not much does!).  Unfortunately, he was parked on the next street, his boot was full and I was late. 

Result?


Alien monsters.   It was good timing as I didn't have a birthday present for my brother and so thought I'd make him something.  Yes, he will be 38.  Yes, he'll love these alien monsters!


This is fused glass.  It's a specific type of glass with a certain melting point.  I cut the pieces out individually and placed them on clear glass.  They went in the kiln and the following week they were ready.  They are dimensional and very tactile.


I sketched each one and then just started cutting.  It was fun as it makes a change from the precise work I'm doing with the window, the edges can be rough as they just melt anyway and flow into the glass below.


One thing I haven't missed whilst working on the window and using the bandsaw and grinder is cutting myself.  My hands were like ribbons when I left.  At one point I got a small shard in my finger, I could see it sticking out but could do nothing about it as I nearly passed out.  Yep, I'm a wimp and no, I have never given birth!  My teacher and one of my friends had to rescue me.

It was an uncomfortable drive home, a tiny shard had fallen down my top and was sticking in my stomach!

12 comments:

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Your monsters are awesome, Wendy, but you've convinced me never to work with glass!!!

Chrissie said...

Monster fun! Great way to get cutting practice

Celtic Thistle said...

Great monsters, what an unusual gift your brother will be thrilled I am sure!

Can't imagine how you ended up with a glass shard falling down your top but it doesn't sound very comfortable.

Sheila said...

The monsters are great!! My hubby would love them.

JoJo said...

those are absolutely adorable!!!! But ouch on the glass shard! I'm a pain wimp too.

Sandra :) said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVELOVE LOVE LOVE your alien monsters - they're fabulous! Next time (there HAS to be a next time!) wear a turtleneck and gloves, and take a picture of monster before he or she goes in the firing oven - I would love to see a before photo!!

Kerryp77 said...

they're totally fab! but a big ouch for the injuries

Alison said...

They are brilliant, what a fab gift!

Hope your finger has recovered and you found the wayward shard down your front :)

Alison
x

Jane Galley said...

These are fantastic, what a lovely gift. Hope you found the wayward bits of glass, it's surprising how far they can go

Samantha said...

Those little cuties! I love them :)

Sara said...

I love these, they are fab!

made by ChrissieD said...

too cute :)