Making and Breaking Hearts this Valentine's

"Oh no... the heart is broken! They'll never get back together again!" cried the little girl, the daughter of one of the participants of our Valentine's glass fusing workshop. 
A heart-shaped glass piece had fallen to the ground and broken into pieces. 
"Well, you can't say that you have worked with glass until you've broken something or cut your finger!" responded our workshop instructor, Woo Meng Fye. 
Indeed, as one of of our other participants commented, working with glass is like entering taboo ground; you're cutting, breaking, reconfiguring - taking things apart and putting them back together again. 
The Valentine's Day edition of our glass fusing workshop was held on 11 and 12 February 2017 and it was our second and third workshops that we've held since conducting them during our Park Mall days in 1995. 
Participants got to choose between a simple but elegant striped design, and a heart-shaped design. Both involved different fusing techniques; the first required skilled cutting of straight lines to get small rectangular glass pieces, while the second made use of glass in powder form to create the design. 
See images below for what went on in the company of glass and friends! 
Glass cutting practice in session; Cutting straight lines is harder than it looks!
Practicing glass cutting on normal float glass, before working on actual fusible glass. 
Scoring the glass well for it to be broken into a clean line - not as easy as it looks! 
Finally the fun part! Once confident of cutting straight lines, now we get to pick desired colored glass and cut into pieces of various (or equal, depending on your design) sizes.
For some, it became a competition to see who could cut the thinnest strip and squeeze the most on the base! This was quite the challenge. 
Some others chose the heart shaped base and designed it with various colors using glass in powder form. 
Pieces were heated up in our little kiln and everyone had the chance to get a sneak peek while it was red hot; but only for an instant, to prevent cold air from entering the kiln and causing the glass to have a higher chance of breakage due to temperature changes.
Here's a shoutout to all the lovely folks who joined us in February! 
We look forward to your company at the next workshop! 

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