Making your own glass art project is surprisingly simple, fabulously fun and a great activity for kids young and old. Do it yourself glass art might be my new favorite craft.
I spent a couple of hours this week at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio in Silverdale Washington USA. This was one of my Wednesday With Mom outings that I have been doing with my mom all summer long.
I didn’t know what to expect exactly, but I had seen some of the large and incredibly stunning works of art that come out of the Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio so I was looking forward to it.
The glass studio offers classes (they were having a summer camp class while we were there) for both adults and children. They also offer a DIY
class. You just call and let them know the day and time you want to come in to make your own creation. Then they will have the supplies and someone on hand to guide you. This is what I did with my mom.
The sitting fee for the DIY is $8 and
you can make up to three pieces for this one sitting fee. You then choose what you want to make and the costs for each project (cost covers glass, preparation, guidance and firing) varies depending on what you choose to make.
Mom and I are both beginners so we started with something simple – small glass cutouts that could be used in a window or in a garden or as a ornament or maybe as a gift. My mom chose a frog and I chose a mermaid. These each were $38.
We learned how the process works – first you clean the glass carefully. Then you chose your glass color that you will apply on top. The glass is very fine sand-like granules and you sift it on to the different areas of your
piece. The mermaid had a bit more detail than the frog. I chose a teal blue for the mermaids body. I then used a stencil to apply a glittery gold pattern over the top (the glitter was an additional $10). Finally I put a silver glitter on her hair (you know, because I am the Grey Goddess and
all). There are several tools you can use to clean up your mistakes, or to pinpoint a small area or to define a certain part.
On the frog my mom chose to do a pale yellow-green lightly all over the body of the frog. She then used larger glass chunks in a
bright pistachio green to make the frog look like he had bumps and warts. The staff at the studio helped apply black paint for the frogs eyes.
All of this only took about an hour and half. We left our masterpieces behind to go into the kiln for the firing. Before the glass goes in the kiln it is placed on a soft paper that looks similar to quilt batting. In the kiln it absorbs into the glass and gives it a multi-dimensional look. I picked our pieces up several days later and it was amazing how different it looks after its been in the kiln.
Someday when I am back in Silverdale I would love to tackle a larger piece and really create something memorable so I can say I Made That! In the meantime, if you are in the area I recommend checking out Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio to make your own project or to pick out a gift or something for yourself from their beautiful gallery.
Another successful Wednesday with Mom! Fabulous!