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Having fun recycling previous glass fusing experiments

I watched some more great Microwave Kiln Glass Fusing YouTube videos yesterday.  One of these was really helpful in explaining how you can break up and reuse any of your previous glass fused creations that you were, well lets say less happy with!

Being a newbie to this craft I’d got a couple of these and because I already recycled some of my stained glass into my mosaics I’d already got the tool for job ahead.  So, out came the wheeled nippers (photo below in case you don’t know what these are), a large old plastic sandwich bag to stop the small shards of glass flying about the room and plenty of muscle power!  I then used the wheeled nippers to cut up the old fused pieces and was pleasantly surprised to reveal some lovely layered glass that I could reuse.

In the photo below you’ll see the glass stacks I made with the pieces I’d cut up and I also experimented with some glass on it’s side to see how the layers came out.  I was really happy with the results and they look so much better now than how they started out their life. My favourite one of them all is the tiny one in the middle right column as it reminds me of a ladybird 🙂

Our youngest son has been seeing me have fun so he asked to make one.  He chose the glass, the millefiori and orang stringer. His creation is shown below and is in the photo above of all todays pieces.  His piece we’ve called “bullseye”!

Fused Glass bullseye

Welcome to our blog…

Hello and welcome to the Crafty Cannons blog.  We’d like to introduce ourselves to you and the reason for starting this blog.

We are husband (Phil) and wife (Sue) and we have 3 lovely sons aged 12, 20 and 21.  Like all parents we’ve spent a lot of time looking after the children and this meant not having much time for ourselves or hobbies.  Well, now that the boys are a lot more independent and doing their own thing we decided it was our time to do our things.

Sue’s hobbies…

So, last April I decided to enrol for an Adult Education Evening Course called “A beginners introduction to Stained Glass”.  Over the course of 10 weeks I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of creating a stained glass piece, bought lots of equipment and converted an area of our summer house into a small stained glass workshop.  I’ve been enoying being a stained glass hobbyist ever since.  Unfortunately, due to the English weather I can only work in the summer house during the warmer months so decided to use up my scrap stained glass and try mosaicing in the warmth of our house.  More recently I’ve also taken up paper cutting which I really enjoy. Examples of all of my work can be seen by clicking the “Sue’s Gallery”.

Phil’s hobby…

Just after Sue started to get into Stained Glass it inspired me to take up a hobby I thought I’d like and that was woodworking.  We rented a garage and put all of the “stuff” from the shed into that which meant I had the ideal place to create a small woodworking worskhop.  I’ve been creating and selling a number of pieces and have had a few requests for bespoke items too.  I’ve also just started my own YouTube Channel which you can find in “useful links” section on the left hand side. Don’t foget to “like” and “subscribe” 😉 Examples of all of my work can be seen by clicking the “Phil’s Gallery”.