Do you also think this is a thoughtful way to hold on to this unique time in a woman's life? As challenging as they are, and as long as the 9 months may feel, they fly by so fast!
Every mother in this world should be praised and respected
A good friend of mine was carrying twins, and to celebrate her birthday, I made her a glass bump portait 🤭
Materials: Stained Glass, Copper Foil, Flux, Leadfree Solder, Finish, Copper Wire, Real Pressed Botanicals, Love
Height: H20 cmx W8cm
To make the Blooming Bellies, I cut and grind clear glass for the body - and two identical belly shapes. Between them, I arrange preserved botanicals from my own or my friends' garden. In the next step I cover all edges of the glass pieces with self-adhesive copper foil. Then I use leadfree solder to attach the glass pieces to each other in what is called the "Tiffany technique" of making stained glass. In the end I carefully clean and polish the entire thing, and apply a finish. Ta-daaa, your glass art is ready to be shipped and enjoyed for ever and ever by a lovely (future) mom.
My Blooming Bellies works best as a wall hanging. If you do choose to hang it in a window: please-pretty-please use a screw-in hook in the frame or in the wall, not sucction cups on the window or self adhesive hooks. I don't trust them.
Pressed flowers are a great way to preserve nature's breathtaking beauty. They will stay pretty and romantic but! - their color will fade with time and it will fade even faster if they get direct sunlight. So hang your Blooming Belly out of the sun and love every color stage she goes through.
You can clean her with a soft cloth. But please don't use too much water or even worse, submerge the panel under water. The liquid will get between the glass pieces of the belly and ruin the flowers.
I used a special finish to keep the solder lines shiny and bright for as long as possible but - as metal does - they could oxidize over time. If this happends, all you have to do is polish them again. Use a soft cloth to rub the oxidation away and apply a bit of car wax. Buff it to a shine afterwards and she will look as good as new.
The solder used in these panels is leadfree.
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