A Quilter’s Birthday Party

I got invited to a birthday party.  It was for one of my quilting friends, Cathy, for a very special birthday.  Her husband, Jim, arranged for all of us to attend a jewelry making class.  

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It was held at The Studio at Rush Creek in Maple Grove, MN.  According to their website, it’s an art studio and coffee bar . . . . created to be a comfortable place where anyone, including beginners and hobbyists, can come in to experiment with different arts and crafts.  It’s a great space with friendly help.  

We got a brief introduction to dichroic glass and then had two hours to experiment and make pendants.  I think there were more options, but that’s all I concentrated on. 

 

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Basically, you just cut colored dichroic glass and layer it into artistic designs.  Then you carefully place it into a kiln.  That’s the tricky part, since the pieces tend to slide around during the trip.  

 

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There was a huge pile of scrap glass to choose from and a few other things to add like glass noodles, which is just like it sounds.  Thin pieces of glass that look like spaghetti.  

 

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In the two hours, I was able to make 25 pieces.  Some of them were pure experiments. Just layered some scraps to see what surprises I could come up with.  (I’ll pick them up after they’ve been fired.)

After, we gathered on the soft seating for gifts and chatting.  Cake and ice cream too.

 

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It was lots of fun.  Thanks Jim!  . . . . and happy birthday Cathy!

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