Glass Artist, Nancy Gong and I spent several days with 30 campers creating glass Mezuzahs or would you say Hiddur Mitzvah. The coming together of family & friends to create a religious object of beauty.
Student work from yesterday. Today they would be etching, sanding, cleaning and attaching their glass pieces to the metal backing. Unfortunately the metal tubes to hold the sacred scrolls had not arrived in time. Nancy will be attaching them for students at her studio in Rochester.
The Craft Shack
Just loved their welcoming mascot. :))
Nancy gives students the agenda for the day. Then we were off and running to finish everything up.
We had all thirty students at one time but everything ran smoothly.
Joy, explained the importance of the religious scroll that would be attached to the Mezuzahs.
Final group photo.
Did I mention enough what a great time I had and what a joy it was to work with all the counselors and campers at Camp Seneca / JCC.
Nancy demoed how to sand blast which etched the glass.
Here is what it looks like right after. Of course you removed the paper and clean the piece.
Day 2 we went back to Nancy's studio to clean off our glass. Using a wet sander we cleaned any remaining compound off our glass pieces.
Next step was to glue our glass pieces to a metal back.
If you look closely at my glass you may notice there is white contact paper over the piece. Using a knife I cut out my design. The dots were applied with glue. I then sand blasted or etched the glass that you see.
Etching completed the next step is to glue to metal. Almost done.
Every year teachers are expected to completed professional development in their subject area. This summer I was lucky to do mine with Glass Artist, Nancy Gong. Nancy had been commissioned to work with 30 lucky students at Camp Seneca Lake / JCC. She would be teaching students how to create a glass Mezuzah using Lambert s new laminate technique. I spent 2 days in her studio with my son, Luciano learning the technique so I could help her teach the students.
The photo is my sketches for the project.
Nancy helping Luciano pick out glass
We both learned the proper technique used to cut glass.
Luc's glass all cut and ready to be sanded and etched. Sorry to say I forgot to photo how we prepared the surface for etching..
Sand blasting the glass.
We are setting up getting ready to use Komponent component to glue the glass together.