Playing with Frit

It’s a New Year and I like to have a new challenge. I have acquired a new granddaughter but that’s a different story!

First, I should explain what frit is because if you are not a fused glass person you won’t have any idea of what I am talking about.

Frit is powdered or tiny pieces of glass (think grit). It comes in four or five grades – powdered, fine, medium, coarse and super coarse (especially if I’ve made it myself!). It is used either to fill in gaps in a design or as an art form in itself. I have used it it as a filler in the past but I wanted to have a go at making art with it.

I had great fun making this dish – yet to be slumped to form the shape but it is a good example of using frit. The first picture is before firing and the second after firing. The curves are strips of glass, the little pieces are the frit. The coloured pieces around the dishes are nuggets in the making.

frit dish red unfusedfrit dish red flat

I will post photos of some art work when it’s been through the kiln.

I have also been busy booking lots of craft fairs for the year. I am hoping to publish the diary in a few weeks as I am still waiting for some dates. My first one is not until April so there’s lots of time.

Meanwhile, if you are inspired to have a go or want a new experience to start your new year off I am running workshops at mutually convenient times. You can come and have a go at fusing, stained glass or mosaics in my studio in the garden. Do get in touch via email if you’d like more information.

cosycreativecrafts@hotmail.com.

 

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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