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Rachael Brown

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On Etsy since 2014

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I love bright colours and I love glass. So bright coloured glass is a match made in heaven.

I started my Etsy shop so I could share my love of glass and bright colours with as many people as possible.

Everything in my shop is made by me in my Hampshire studio… AKA garage.

Let me tell you a little about how it is all made.

My fused glass work is made by cutting each piece of glass to the correct shape, cleaning and assembling the finished piece and putting it into the kiln for firing.

For most of my work, the glass is cut by hand with a glass cutter. Well you don’t really cut glass, you score where you want to the glass to break, snap the glass and hope the glass breaks where you want it to.
Some of my work is a little more intricate and the shapes require extra shaping with a grinder to produce the desired effect. This is most often used on my daisy and flower designs.

The first stage of firing is usually to fuse the glass together. This creates a permanent bond between the glass pieces. My normal fuse cycle takes about 20 hours to complete but some of my pieces need a special schedule and these are in the kiln for 48 hours.
Usually one fuse cycle is sufficient to achieve the effect I want, but occasionally some pieces need 2 or even 3 fuse cycles.
For any that is a bowl, light catcher or curved in anyway, then one or more trips back to the kiln are required. These trips are called slumping cycles and the ‘flat’ glass piece is placed over a mould so the glass can take the form of the mould during the process.

Sometimes, a quirky figure such as a robin or a snowman will sneak into my listings. Believe it or not, these little figures have been through the kiln 3 times. The eyes and legs are fused in separate cycles, then they are combined with the body and fired yet again.

It’s a lot of work, but I think it’s worth it. I hope you agree.

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  • Rachael Brown

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Hello, I’m Rachael and I’m the designer/maker behind RLBrown. I love making bright and bold pieces, but sometimes my mood changes completely and I end up making quirky figures and Christmas decorations.

  • Charlie

    Cat

    Hello, my name is Charlie and I Pose for photos - AKA get in the way I sit on boxes - AKA get in the way I sit on keyboards - AKA get in the way So really I just like to get in the way. But I do provide much need Love and support for Rachael.

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