Elizabeth Loves Glass. Handmade art , Vintage, Upcycled

Sooke, British Columbia

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Last updated on 04 Aug, 2022

Hello and thanks for visiting.... My shop will be in vacation mode until Jan24. See you when I'm back!

Elizabeth Wellburn

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Elizabeth loves glass. There are many kinds of glass in this shop. I also love up cycling vintage items & making felt incorporating recycled fibers

This shop is a way for me to share the recycled glass art and vintage items (glass and other) that I make or find.

Mosaics are a way to give recycled materials a new life and they are one of my main forms of expression. Felt is another.

I create with recycled materials, including glass. I kilnform chipped vintage pieces and broken shards to smooth and flatten them. Sometimes I also add texture. Then I combine the many small pieces to create a new whole.

Also, the titles of these pieces often relate to movies or jazz music, as the concept of recycling doesn't have to end with the physical materials used in the work. For instance, one of my early pieces was titled “It’ll Be a Whole Garden”, quoting a line in a favorite movie (“It’s a Wonderful Life”). That title represented the power of human imagination, and comes from the moment when George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) tells his little daughter Zuzu (Karolyn Grimes) that if she sleeps, she’ll be able to dream about her prize flower and visualize it in a new way. For me, the transformation of chunks of broken glass into an image that approximates a floral or folk-art inspired design (with the help of handmade molds, and 1400o F of kiln heat) has it’s own dream-like quality.

I have a very personal reason for wanting to repurpose objects from the past. There's often a place for things that might otherwise be discarded if you look hard enough to find it. I do that - and I don't limit myself to glass!

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I get asked a lot about my glass process.... here's some info:

If you want to make your own glass-on-glass mosaic window….. I’m not surprised! People have been making mosaics for thousands of years! It’s kind of addictive - that wonderful idea of taking broken or discarded objects and creating with them to form a new treasured object. The scope is unlimited! To me, having a stack of discarded glass inspires in a way that a blank canvas never could. Somehow I feel that the glass already knows what it wants to be and I just have to help it along. But that’s me and I guess I’m kind of quirky.

The first thing of course is collecting the glass pieces for your design. Thrift stores and yard sales are great, as well as letting your friends know to save their broken or chipped glass pieces. I started with a broken wine glass from my kitchen. My daughter had a glass kiln for her beads and I wondered what would happen if my wineglass pieces went in and got melted. The desire to create expanded from there in a big way.

Many of the elements of my mosaics are made from kiln flattened “kitchen” glass - that’s how I get the interesting textures and it’s how I am able to use recycled glass including objects like vases, goblets etc. which, if left unmelted, would be too "round" to stick to the flat base glass.

If you don’t have a glass kiln, it’s usually possible to rent kiln time at places that do fusing classes. They will most likely have lots of information to help you along the way. The most important think you need to know about kiln formed glass is that unknown pieces of glass are not likely to be compatible with each other. You can’t layer them or fuse them together in the kiln in case they expand at different rates.

Some of the other elements in my pieces are stained glass “cast offs” that I have collected over the years from yard sales, or scraps that have been given to me by stained glass artists who have leftovers from projects requiring larger pieces. My collection takes up a lot of space in my home but it’s great because I have lots of colours at hand.Of course you can go to a glass store and buy the colours you want in new sheets, but it can get very expensive.

Also, the edges of the non-melted stained glass bits shouldn’t be sharp so you need to grind or tumble them. A tumbler isn’t too expensive and would be available at a rock-collecting store.

Hopefully you have a well-ventilated space for the assembly of the pieces as the two component epoxy has strong fumes. So does marine silicone which is another choice for this type of work - (the silicon flows less but is freeze resistant and works outdoors) The epoxy I usually use is called Envirotec Lite and is available at Michaels and some specialty stores. I have found the marine silicone at hardware stores but not all of them carry it.

If you’re wanting to learn more about working in glass in general, there are lots of online resources. Warmglass.com is good. In general, I use their kiln schedule for making bottle platters when I am melting my glass pieces. I do a longer anneal than they suggest and a very gradual coldown because different glass requires different schedules and it's a bit of a guessing game - by slowing it down I'm optimizing the chance that everything comes out properly annealed.

Mosaics are heavy - so another important thing to keep in mind is the safety of where and how you will hang your pieces.

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