Crab Lane Primary School



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Glass Engraving

In Jewellery & Craft Club, we've discovered the fun of glass engraving and enjoyed some old favourites too: beading memory wire rings and wet felting a phone fob.

Touching on the basics of glass engraving, we had fun being creative and making something personal and special.

We learnt how to 'Line Engrave' on flat glass and then created a fantastic personalised drinking glass to take home. We looked at lots of decorative typefaces, some looked better than others on our initials and we both chose very different styles.

Engraving simply involves using a tool to mark the surface of glass. There are lots of hobby tools available: simple hand held pen-like points, battery operated points and electric drills (which can be noisy but are great for etching outlines). The children preferred the hand held tool, as even though the task took longer using them, they had more control over their work.

Our finished glasses can also be used as tea light holders,
so we're not sure yet how we are going to use them. 

This is a very affordable hobby, the engraver and set of 12 paints were £3 each and can be used again and again, the glass we used was a recycled Nutella jar… and the fun we had was priceless! Our finished glasses can also be used as tea light holders,
so we're not sure yet how we are going to use them.

This is a very affordable hobby, the engraver and set of 12 paints were £3 each and can be used again and again, the glass we used was a recycled Nutella jar… and the fun we had was priceless!

While we waited for the painted patterns to dry on our glasses, we turned our skills to jewellery making. Beading the memory wire took an age because the beads we used were really small. We had to use lots, at least 100, using slightly bigger ones, as a feature, in the middle! We could have used larger beads had we been making a bracelet instead.

Wet felting the phone fob was messy, wet fun and apart from the colours we chose, we really didn't know how it would look when it was finished. Over a bowl of hot soapy water we gently rolled... and rolled... and rolled the felt in our hands. After about half an hour the felted bead took shape and looked fantastic and whilst it was still wet we pushed a thick sewing needle through the middle and left it to dry. Using jewellery pins and pliers the beads were attached to the fine cord and they were ready to use.

Wrapped and ready to take home!