Thursday, September 13, 2012

DICHROIC GLASS PENDANTS

A few weeks ago I treated myself to a workshop run by a local beadshop to learn how to make dichroic glass beads and pendants.

dichroic2 I spent a very happy afternoon learning how to cut the glass and assemble the pendants.  It was not difficult but quite fiddly so I decided to stick to larger pieces rather than try my hand at earrings.

dochroic1 When the pieces are fired in a kiln, the layers of glass fuse together in such a way that you can’t exactly predict what they will look like when they’re “cooked”.  So I was really looking forward to collecting when they had been fired by Jaqui, who runs the workshops.

I was very pleased with the results and all I have to do now is spend a happy hour or two stringing them into necklaces.

The workshop was one of several run by Jaqui at Hello Beads.