Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fun with Hearts

I love making hearts. They are fun to make, and I can play with lots of different combinations and elements. I can swirl colors:

I can alternate opaques and transparents:

I can embed copper cut-outs:

I can add frit and mica powder:

I can "crunch" them (transparent wrap followed by encasement):

I can wrap them in shards:

I can play with my favorite glass, raku:

I can even add flowers to them:

In addition to all that, I can combine any of these techniques to for a new look! I like experimenting and seeing what I can create. That is where most of the fun is.

The other night in bed inspiration struck! I could not wait to get out to the torch and see if I could make my idea a reality. I knew it would be beyond anything I had done up to this point, whether on- or off-mandrel, but I felt confident I could pull it off. I was so excited to find out I was right! I could hardly wait until the kiln cooled in the morning.

Meet my newest creations, mommy hearts and lovers:

I am thrilled with these! They are fun to make, and I can combine all the other elements that I have used in the past with these new styles. I can coordinate colors and inclusions and on and on. It is so exciting for me! I feel like I have opened a new door in my work, both off- and on-mandrel. I can't wait to expand on this at my next torch session!


  1. Theresa, I'm loving the double hearts! Off mandrel is such an exhilarating way to work!

  2. Don't you just love it? Thanks Holly!