Summer torch work

Readers in the UK will be aware that it’s been a glorious summer so far. The temperature in my lovely studio has been 27-30C fairly regularly. Then add a lampwork torch which heats the studio up really nicely and you have a rather warm environment. Now, you could say, why use the torch? Well, I’m a bit smitten and don’t want to leave it there unused. I want to experiment with colours and patterns and so I have been using it.

I’m not sure whether I’m making snowmen to cool me down (it’s not working) but I will certainly remember the heat when I sell these little goodies at Christmas time.

Snowman 1

I love the scarf – it’s made by taking two different glass rods, heating the ends up and melding them together in the molten state. When the blob is really runny one twists and pulls at the same time. Once it cools the results are brilliant. Making twisties is almost as addictive as trying out new designs.

Meanwhile, my next Craft event is at Leamington Spa’s Art in the Park. This is a two event on 4th and 5th August. It is held in Jephson Park and will feature over 200 artists of every type – singers, dancers, musicians, painters, ceramics, glass etc etc. I will be there with my daughter and gazebo (I’ve been warned that getting tent pegs in the ground might be an issue – see summer weather!) and lots of lovely glass. For more information see their website

The Sunday after that (12th) I will be in a craft tent at Fillongly Agricultural Show in Northamptonshire.

I haven’t been to either of these events before but I am always looking for different places to go and to reach different audiences and meet new people.

Happy Summer


Published by Cosy Creative Crafts

Hi My name is Jane and I live in North Oxfordshire, UK. I started making greetings cards and jewellery, progressed to working with stained glass, played with a microwave kiln for small fused glass items and then went all the way with a studio and kiln. I then explored lampworking and enjoy playing with hot glass too.. I have also been a knitter and crochet(ter?) since childhood. I enjoy playing with colour - the brighter the better in my opinion. I attend craft fairs each year in the local area as my glass is attractive face to face. I also run workshops in my garden studio and love to share my skills with others.

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