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  1. First I must thank the lovely people who came and saw me at The Lightbox Christmas Craft Fair on 19-20 November in Woking. It was great to be able to catch up with you all and show you my latest creations!

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    If you missed the fair but are looking to do some shopping from lovely local makers, I also met some fabulous stallholders and thought I would share them with you.

    First up, the lady next to me, "Twinkle Twinkle Jewellery". She hand makes all her beautiful jewellery from sterling silver and Swarovski crystals, and it's so sparkly! You can find her on Facebook at


    Across from me were the ladies from "Sew Crafty" who run an online haberdashery store. My friend Victoria Tay - Stylist, who popped along to give me a hand with my stand, got very excited about their zips with lace edges, so they might interest you too! They can be found here:


    Down at the other end of the room was the lady from "Chunky Row", who had gorgeous chunky yarn made from real shetland wool. She had the cutest little sheep bag pompoms too!


    Diane Staniforth Jewellery was also there with her lovely handmade and wire wrapped creations made from silver and gemstones.

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    The very friendly PepperPots Pottery Painting (try saying that three times in a row!) were opposite me too, with a great array of pots and other homewares all painted up and ready to take home. They also run pottery painting parties and are based in Bagshot.


    It was also lovely to catch up with Caroline Thomson hand made silver jewellery, and to see her fabulous work. I've been in the same room as Caroline in previous years and it's always a pleasure to look at her stand as it's beautifully set out and really shows off her jewellery. You can find her at


    A couple of other highlights from around the fair were:

    My colleague Linda Banks Stained Glass I bought a little peacock pin from her, which I'll post a picture of once I've picked it up from her.

    I'd also like to say hello to my colleagues at Ochre Print Studio who were just down the corridor. They had some gorgeous prints and also some beautifully finished items made from reclaimed wood. I now have a lovely stand for one of my glass pieces which was made from an old skirting board! You can find out more about their work and screen printing workshops at

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    Also new on the scene was the lovely Bear Clause Designs, who makes lovely designs composed entirely out of triangles!

    You can also find out more about my work and my silk painting workshops at

    Thanks to all my lovely colleagues and visitors for a great weekend at The Lightbox. See you again soon!

    Jane :)

  2. You may have seen those little clear glass christmas ornaments with impressed stars and other pretty shapes... it's done with fiber paper.

    For mine, I use 3mm thick fiber paper (not sure what that is in inches!). The thicker the paper the more obvious the impression.

    I cut the star, or tree, or heart, or other pretty shape out of the fiber paper, then put it on the primed kiln shelf with two layers of 3mm glass on the top and a little loop of wire between them to hang it from later. You could also add another loop at the bottom to hold beads or other decoration. You can obviously make your glass any shape - squares, rectangles, tree shapes, diamonds, circles, you name it!

    You can use nichrome (high temperature) wire, or copper wire (which goes black but can be revived by soaking in a layer of tomato ketchup ... what is IN that stuff??!). I don't advise using galvanised wire as this gives off nasty fumes when you fire it. You could always drill a hole in your ornament instead, if you prefer.

    If you decide you're going to use thinner glass (e.g. one sheet of 3mm) then you need to use more of a slump firing than a "full fuse" firing, as otherwise it can get really thin at the joins if you fire too long. Also you'll have to drill your holes rather than fusing your wire inside.

    Once it has been fired, you'll find that the fiber has somewhat stuck to the bottom of your glass when you pick it up. Making sure you are wearing your breathing mask, I tend to dunk my ornaments in a pot of water and let them soak for a bit, then scrub off the fiber, then rinse. This way you can let the ceramic residue sink to the bottom of the pot and dispose of it properly (bag it and bin it) rather than letting it block up your sink trap.

    To make your items 3D, you can slump them (if you want your design to stay nice and sharp then you need to slump gently) - It's not such a good idea to leave the fiber behind the glass when slumping as it can fall out! But if you're adding additional tack fused decoration to a flat piece then I'd leave the fiber behind the glass to help it hold the shape.

    You can put more than one layer of fiber on if you want a more 3D effect, but be aware that higher piles of fiber can make the glass really thin if fused too long, so you'll need to do a bit of experimenting to make sure it holds well.

    There are a range of fabulous free tutorials available on the web, including Bullseye Glass's fantastic kiln carving tutorial. Glass with a Past has one about kiln carving with bottle glass. Here's one with the basic process from Glass Fusing Made Easy and another one with some images for inspiration. Paul Tarlow has also written an ebook about it which you can buy.

    Have fun!

  3. Excitement! Thanks to the lovely people at Farnham Maltings, I have a pair of tickets to give away to Thread: a festival of textiles at Farnham Maltings on Saturday 24th September. I'll be there on the Guild of Silk Painters stand. If you'd like to win these then please email by 15th September, with the title THREAD TICKETS. Good luck!

    Everyone who gets in contact will be added to my email mailing list to receive occasional emails. There will be one winner, who will be drawn on the 16th September 2016 and who will receive two tickets. The winner will be contacted by email and asked to provide their UK postal address. The tickets will be sent out by post. If the winner does not respond by the 19th September another winner will be drawn.

    You can find out more about Thread here ...