Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Making Our Own Glass

As I mentioned in a previous post, we went on a field trip on Tuesday to a glass blowing demonstration.  You can read about that trip here.

While we were there, I had one of those light bulb moments, where I realized I had just the craft to follow up with.  I’d purchased a Makit & Bakit kit back around Christmas and we’d never used it.

055 The girls had a wonderful time arranging their little beads.  I was expecting far more of them to be on the floor than in the design, but was pleasantly surprised at both girls neatness!

054 065Once they had the desired pattern we popped out pie pans in the oven for about 20 minutes.   What came out was a flat disc.  Once it cooled, we laid the flat disc over a foil covered soup can and popped it back in the oven for about 4 minutes.  (The foil is flared out so that the bowl will be flared.)

056   Here are a couple of the finished projects.

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Here is an up close photo of the texture and colors.  The bottom is flat and smooth and the inside is textured. 
060 We made a total of 3 bowls and 2 huge sun catchers!  It was a great wrap up to the field trip and a fun family project to boot!

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