My Glass Obsession

I have always been fascinated by light coming through colored glass.   I always loved looking at the stained glass windows at church when I was little.  Several years ago, my sweet husband bought me everything I needed to start making stained glass projects.  I have never used it.  I think it intimidated me, or possibly was an issue with four small kids running around and having a safe spot to work.  I did however start doing mosaics.  I love making candles and watching the flame flicker through the colors.  At Christmas, I have glass ornaments that I put in the windows and let the winter sun shine through.  It makes me happy.  Then somehow, I decided that melting glass in a flame would be a good idea.  Watching glass melt and flow and controlling the shape and movement of it while adding different colors and designs while turning it on a mandrel to form a bead is one of the most therapeutic things I have ever done.  It is an addiction.  I would sit an make bead after bead, then different shapes, experimenting with different types of glass and different color combinations.  It was a great stress reliever and a lot of fun!  Then I had all these beads.  What the heck am I going to do with all these beads??  I guess I should make some jewelry.  It’s amazing how one thing leads to another.  To be honest, I don’t particularly like making jewelry.  I have ideas and designs in my head but not always the skills to produce what I am thinking-although I’m working on it!  I like the designing part.  I like looking at a bead and thinking about how it would best be spotlighted.  Because it’s art.  It should be showcased.  I have thought about selling it for years but wasn’t sure how it would be received.  I mean, my mom likes it!  But she also liked the macaroni art I did in kindergarten!!  So here we are going public with some of my little beauties—I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Jenn

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