Social Enterprise Gold Mark

For the past couple of months I have been working on a commission to create 10 glass award plaques for Social Enterprise Gold Mark. They wanted A4 panels with removable brass engraving plates and use their logo as the main feature of the plaques. I created a presentation using Google Sketchup and I decided to use ground glass (frit) for the main logo.

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The main logo would be a separate piece of fusing glass which would be laminated onto a base of float glass. The removable brass plate would be held in place using strips of brass “U” section, glued on its side top and bottom, so that the brass plate can slide out for engraving. The small logo in the bottom-left would be printed onto self-adheasive clear vinyl.

The main logo was made using circular fusing glass and the logo was heavily sand-blasted into the glass. I needed to create a recess for the fusing glue/gel so that the frit would fit accurately within the sand-blasted logo.

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These were then put in the kiln to fuse.

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There seemed to be a problem with the kiln. The pieces that were in the middle of the kiln came out okay but most of the pieces did not fire properly and needed to be fired again.

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The bases of each plaque was cut and the edges ground and polished and the brass “rails” for the engraving plate were glued with epoxy resin. A mask covered the base so that we could sand-blast where the main logo would be laminated with Araldite 20/20.

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After the lamination had set, the mask was removed and the plaques cleaned up with the vinyl logos cut out and stuck into position.

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I managed to source some cardboard boxes for each plaque.

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Here is one of the finished pieces and despite the technical issues I am pleased with the result.

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The client was happy as well and even gave me another one-off commission!

Make Festive Stained Glass Lanterns

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10th December 10-4:30 at Ocean Studios, Plymouth

A one-day stained glass taster session making a festive Christmas lantern. This session is ideal for people who have had some glass cutting and copper foil soldering experience. However they are fairly simple to make so beginners are also welcome. The cost is £65 which covers the cost of all materials and equipment, as well as teas, coffees and biscuits, and you will have a lantern to take home with you!

If you are interested and wish to book places, or just to make enquiries, then email me at adele@adeleretterglass.co.uk

Glass Etching Short-Course

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Dates :  Saturday 17th December 1pm-3.30pm
Additional dates available on request
Duration : 2.5hrs
Cost : £25 per participant
Venue : Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ.
Level : Beginner

Adele and Jenny invite you to join us for a fun workshop learning to etch glass. Apply your very own permanent designs to glassware. Whether it’s a seasonally decorated candle holder, a personalised wine glass, or a repurposed bottle transformed into a beautiful vessel for your homemade sloe gin!

We will begin the session by introducing a range of simple techniques to create and apply your very own stencil design, then demonstrate the use of glass etching cream. This chemical method of etching creates a permanent opaque white surface, ideal for decorating functional items as they may be washed and heated to the original manufacturers specifications. Once you know the basics this is a technique that can be easily applied at home. Etching cream is a particularly great way to transform every-day items… why not go green and transform old wine bottles and jam jars into special presents for loved ones this Christmas.

Hands-on experience is at the heart of our ethos, so we will then dedicate two hours to developing and applying your own etched designs. Jenny and Adele will be on hand to guide you through the process. We will provide glass drinking tumblers (1 per participant, additional tumblers may be purchased on the day); alternatively please bring along your own glassware to decorate:

  • Depending on your design and the speed at which you work it should be possible to decorate 3 or 4 pieces during the two hours. Should you wish to decorate more then please contact us to arrange another session at a post-induction reduced rate subject to availability.
  • If you wish to etch food and drink jars and bottles then it is best to bring these along empty and re-fill them at home. Please thoroughly remove sticky label residue before the course to make the most of your time with us.
  • Straight sided vessels are much simpler and often more effective than highly ornate shaped vessels.

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The process will involve the use of sharp craft knives and the application of acid; appropriate training and personal protective equipment will be provided. Over 14’s only, under 18’s to be accompanied by a participating adult.

Old clothes are most suitable, or an apron or similar protective garment. Comfortable closed-toed shoes are recommended. If you wear reading glasses, please bring them. The studio can be a little chilly at this time of year so bring a jumper.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please let us know at time of booking if you have any dietary or accessibility requirements so that we can ensure that we are able to cater to your needs.

 

 

 

How to book?
Please email Adele or Jenny at the addresses below with your contact details and preferred course date. We will then confirm availability and send you bank details to transfer the payment. Payments are non-refundable, however if you give us at least 3 days notice before the start of the course then we will transfer you to a later date. Please bring cash on the day if you would like to purchase additional tumblers.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Jenny Ayrton and Adele Retter
contact@jennyayrton.co.uk                         adele@adeleretterglass.co.uk
07834 857 938 (Jenny)                                      07966 067 199 (Adele)

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Getting Here

Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage,
Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ.

The short-course will be held in the Print Workshop which is located in the corner of the courtyard of Ocean Studios, between the gallery/shop and Nikki Taylor’s studio.

There is the 34/34a/34b bus service from the centre of Plymouth to Royal William Yard.

There is a free car park at Devil’s Point which is about 5 minutes walk from Royal William Yard but this can get full. There are parking spaces in the courtyard but if none are available then there is alternative parking at Royal William Yard. The charges are: £2 up to 2 hours, £5 between 2-5 hours and £10 between 5-24 hours. The parking system operating in Royal William Yard is now Pay and Display.

Glass Courses at Ocean Studios – Copper Foil Taster Sessions

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I will be running 2 taster sessions in cooper foil stained glass at Ocean Studios on consecutive Saturdays; the 8th and the 15th October, from 10am – 4:30pm.
The copper foil technique was developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for assembling small pieces of stained glass and is ideal for making simple sun catchers as well as more complicated 3D pieces. By the end of the day you will have made a simple panel to take home with you. The session covers glass cutting, applying copper foil, soldering and staining/polishing.

NOTE: We will be using lead solder so this course is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/copy-of-glass-courses-at-ocean-studios-copperfoil-stained-glass-tickets-27749504515

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Copperfoil Taster session Photos

The first taster session in copper foiled stain glass was a success. Here are some photos of the class and their lovely pieces of work.

There are still some spaces left for this Saturday’s session (20th August). Here is the link to sign up.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glass-courses-at-ocean-studios-copperfoil-stained-glass-tickets-26753972853

Glass Courses at Ocean Studios

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I will be running 3 taster sessions in cooper foil stained glass at Ocean Studios on consecutive Saturdays; the 6th, 13th and 20th August, from 10am – 4:30pm.
The copper foil technique was developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for assembling small pieces of stained glass and is ideal for making simple sun catchers as well as more complicated 3D pieces. By the end of the day you will have made a simple panel to take home with you. The session covers glass cutting, applying copper foil, soldering and staining/polishing.

NOTE: We will be using lead solder so this course is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Link to Eventbrite page

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Easter Market and Open Studios

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On Easter Sunday I will be discussing some of the potential glass courses and workshops that I plan to run at Ocean Studios. I will be doing demonstrations and getting members of the public to have a go as well. I will be running these demos in the Print Workshop, so feel free to pop in and have a look and a chat. There is also an Easter Sunday Market in the courtyard of Ocean Studios from 10am to 5pm.

http://www.bornhecticevents.co.uk/event/easter-sunday-market-for-march-royal-william-yard-plymouth/

Ocean Studios Christmas Exhibition Sale

I will be showing my work at an exhibition featuring the talented artists at Ocean Studios – 20th November to 24th December. 12 – 5pm  tuesday to Saturday, 11-4pm Sundays.

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There is a private view on the 19th November 5:30 – 8pm. It’s invite only so if you printout the flyer below and bring it with you to gain admittance. If you cannot download and print this invite please contact me.

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