Glass is green (and makes a nice eco-friendly gift) because:
– it is easy to recycle
– it is made of organic materials (sand and soda ash)
– it can be used over & over again (glass plates vs paper plates)
– it has no expiration date
– color in glass doesn’t fade for 100s of years
– glass does not dissolve on its own (sea glass has only been etched by the salt/sand)
– big glass that is used for plate glass windows, can be re-used, cut into smaller pieces for stained glass, to very little pieces for jewelry, to bits for frit, to tiny grains for enameling – it may break but it is never wasted!
– transferable, re-usable skills in glass classes -I learned to cut glass for stained, use that skill in doing fused glass, learned stenciling/stamping in enamel class, that can be applied to fused glass…that can be used in a stained glass installation- full circle!
– capture a memory (slumped wine bottles from a special event)
– my beads collected on my travels – nice memories – made into remembrance jewelry (and they are small and easy souvenirs to pack in a carry-on bag on a plane)
– requires no batteries
– doesn’t take up much space (300 pieces of jewelry, and packages, fits in one small carry-on case for my jewelry shows)
– doesn’t require much maintenance, can be cleaned with vinegar & water
– can re-use glass and/or beads again & again -if I don’t like one necklace, I can take it apart & make a bracelet, or mix it with new different beads, other colors – make it new again!
– interchangeable pendants, earrings, make accessorizing fun!
– if I don’t like how something I fused turns out, I can just reheat & re-melt the glass, add something new, new layers, till I get what I like
– endless possibilities – flamework, fusing, stained glass, mosaics, enamels, functional (dishes) fun (jewelry) art for art’s sake – beautiful
– glass doesn’t wear out – a prism will shine, reflect color, as long as there’s sunlight
– it can be re-used – if a stained glass piece breaks, that glass can be used to fuse.
– With epoxy, glass pieces can be glued to one another to make completely new pieces for indoors or outdoors
– my happy accidents – things I didn’t intend – often turn out to be my favorite pieces
– reflects light, enhances mood, adds color, brings joy