Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Making Glass Buttons: A Fun Day WAs Had By All

Yesterday a group from Fidalgo Island Quilters went to a place called Johnny Picasso's to have a fun half day making glass buttons. The shop is, perhaps, an odd combination of barrista land (very good expresso) and ceramic and glass shop. There was a fabulous selection of glass, frits (small bits of glass that make a bit of a mottled effect on glass) and glass noodles ( glass strips that look like fettucine) to use for our buttons and the the prices were SO reasonable. Janet, Jan and I went to the mainland for this little foray and we had a great time. I was pleased to find that I can still cut glass easily - it's been awhile since I did fused glass. I may just have to fire up the kiln pretty soon after yesterday! The buttons had to be annealed in the kiln of course - so Janet's husband has graciously volunteered to pick our button up for us when he is on the mainland himself next Monday. I forgot kind of rushed before we left to go have lunch and I forgot to take pictures of the "pre kilned" buttons ! Duh!!! Oh well - I'll post photos of the completed buttons when they get back here. We all enjoyed a very nice lunch at a great all organic restaurant called "Adrift".




4 comments:

Sue B said...

What a great group activity! you all must have had a lot of fun, I can't wait to see pictures of what you made.

Vicki W said...

You do glass art too and have your own kiln? Is there anything that you don't do?!!

kimy said...

sounds fun! all this button making reminds me of the wonderful book by tracy chevalier 'burning bright' - a fictional story centered in part around william blake - it's a wonderful story and button making figures in as the maisie(one of the main characters)and her mom (who live next to blake)make buttons! I never thought about button making before and then I met you! now I'm quite intrigued with all this button business!

Exuberant Color said...

This reminds me that I have some handmade fused glass buttons made by our stained glass guy in town. Can't wait to see your buttons.

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