Does Alum Bay mean anything to you? In my childhood if you went to Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight and you could buy or make your own glass ornament filled with different coloured sand. I haven’t been to the Isle of Wight for many years so I don’t know whether you can still buy them. However, I decided to have a go and make and equivalent piece from powdered glass.
First I made a clear glass envelope which had just a 3mm gap inside to put the powdered glass in. Then I loaded the envelope with as many different colours of powdered glass as I have.
Here is the process
The first picture shows the envelope half full along with the bottles of glass powder. The second picture shows the finished unfired piece. The vertical section was created by pushing a skewer down through the powders. This mixed some of the glass together and caused the glass to flow downwards in an interesting way.
Then it was fired
The colours are now brighter and more gorgeous. This was not the finished project though. As a square piece it wasn’t that useful, pretty but not really useful. So, I then cut it up, trimmed off the clear edges and made the best of the shapes I cut. As it is thicker than most glass that I cut it was difficult to control the cuts.
The final pieces were fired once more to round the edges and add hooks for hanging the pieces.
They are brighter than in the photo but the shapes are lovely. The pieces in the second photo will be keyrings, the ones in the first are decorative hangers and two sails that will be put onto wooden bases.
All in all a lovely end result to a great project.