Fused glass hearts
The story of grateful hearts glass….
November of 2020 found me in Granbury after selling our house in Ft Worth. For my birthday in October, my neighbors took me to the Square in Granbury for my birthday. In checking out all the shops, we started to walk by @yourprivatecollection and I saw glass. Of course, I had to go in and ended up having a conversation with Stacey. She invited me to The Harvest Moon Festival. It’s a wonderful three day event and my neighbors helped me set up and man the booth. Saturday was windy but a great sales day. Having survived the wind, we packed up and zipped up, thinking it would be an easy setup on Sunday. Not so. Wind storm early Sunday morning took my tent, the tables and the walls into my neighbors and left two buckets full of broken glass. As I’m looking around, trying to figure when I’m going to do, some of the vendors hold a short church service. They started it with the song on someone’s phone “Lord, I Need You Now”. I stand there with tears streaming down my face, knowing just how much I needed Him. We got the mess cleaned up, thanks to the awesome citizens of Granbury, set up under the sun (which just made the glass that was left shine!) Had another good day of selling and just kept telling people, thank you and it would be ok. They’d see that glass again. And, they have. I saw a tutorial for making hearts in a cast iron mold and started experimenting. I kept hearing “have a grateful heart” and I did! I’ve made an unknown number of hearts. They’ve been donated and given to people to show I have a Grateful Heart for them. I’ve added ashes from loved parents, children and dogs. (They stories are a whole nother post) I’ve separated my glass art into “Grateful Hearts Glass” because I am SO grateful for the opportunities it has given me. Although I’m out of the original “broken glass”, I continue to create Grate Hearts.
The process of making hearts
Grateful Hearts are made in a cast iron mold. Using varieties of colors, arrangements and pieces of glass, the kiln heats the glass to molten consistency where it spreads to cover the bottom of the mold. After cooling (annealing), the glass is hard, durable and gorgeous. Approximately 2.5 inches in size, they fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. Grateful hearts symbolize to me the gratitude I feel for my life, my God and my hope for the future. Each heart is a symbol of love and my hope that you would have gratitude for someone in your life to share a heart with them.
I am in the process of creating a catalog of hearts but its a work in progress. If you are interested in one of the above hearts, please contact me. Several are already sold but I don't have individual pictures of the others yet.