The photos below are all mine, taken on the day with permission from the tutor. Here we go with the tools of the trade needed to get started - cutting, tracing, preparing, slicing.
We started off by outlining the bits of the stencil to cut out with knives...
... which sounds easy unless you're not used to cutting shapes with knives - the pressure from the cutting knife made my finger bleed - but fortunately we had plasters!
Here's a butterfly stencil I'd found online and had printed off to take along to the class. I'm pleased I found the stencils in advance because it meant I could start cutting and preparing straight away and had an idea of what I was aiming to achieve.
And here's my work area with my two stencils cut out ready for the next step.
And now the fun begins. These jars contain the coloured powder we used to add colour to the stencil. Wearing face-maks and using tiny sieves, we put a layer of white powder all over the base of a glass square, which had already been cut into the right size for us by the tutor.
Anyway, we sieved coloured powder onto the glass through holes in the stencil we'd cut out. Then we put another little bit of glass on top of our work 'sandwiching' the coloured powder between two small plates of glass.
The coasters were left at the National Glass Centre to be fired in the kiln and we collected them a couple of days later - and here are my coasters in all their glory.
Ok, so my first attempt at glass coasters... well, they aren't perfect but they're mine! And for a first attempt at doing anything like this, I'm over the moon with my work.
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