Handmade Fused Glass Sun Catchers
Natroma Fused Glass Designs are handmade by Sarah (Natroma's Founder). I am not an artist, but I enjoy being creative and working with my hands. I originally took up glass fusing in 2016 because I wanted my soaps to have their own unique glass soap dishes. As I have developed my experience and knowledge of working with glass in the kiln, I began making a wider variety of items. I love anything that's pretty and decorative (anyone visiting the Natroma shop will know I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to finding pretty, sparkly items for our shop!), and fused glass really sparkles and glistens when it's displayed in sunlight. I have taken inspiration from holistic imagery and the natural beauty in my garden and local countryside, to create a range of small decorative glass sun catchers.
I use a variety of transparent and opaque glass to create miniature scenes, that look beautiful when hung in a window. I design each piece and hand cut my selected glass into small shapes, and these are constructed into mini scenes. Sometimes I paint the glass with glass enamels, before adding more glass to add texture. Each design is fired in a kiln for up to 24 hours reaching temperatures of up to 800OC, and I carefully control the firing process so the glass melts and forms a texture before it is slowly cooled. The final glass pieces are polished and the shiny glass surface is tactile, so you can run your fingers across the surface and feel the shape of the flowers, vegetation and insects. Each piece is finished by hand, and is threaded onto a strong nylon thread with faceted glass beads.
Each fused glass sun catcher is hand made by me, so it will be completely unique. There are many designs of these small sun catchers available for inspection in our Stourbridge shop. For the website, I am making a few of each design, but each piece will have it's own uniqueness. Each design has been photographed inside against a white background with overhead lights, but the glass colours will vary on different computer screens. The sun catcher will look brighter once it is hung in a window, and the camera cannot capture the way that transparent fused glass glistens in sunlight. The images on this page are to give you an idea of the designs, but the item you receive will be a genuine 'one off', and there will be subtle differences to the images shown on this page. The glass beads on each sun catcher may vary in colour and shape. I hope you enjoy owning these unique sun catchers or perhaps gifting them, as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Approximate Glass Size: 6cm (tall) x 5cm (width) x 0.5-1cm (depth) on a thread with beads (overall height including glass 16cm).
Each sun catcher will be dispatched in a small organza gift bag, that has been wrapped in tissue paper to protect the glass during transit.
Small Fused Glass Sun Catcher Designs:
Flower (image 1) - single stem flower (petal colours may vary), with slightly textured background.Dragonfly - aqua dragonfly, with raised transparent background (body/tail colour may vary)
Lavender (image 2) - purple textured glass, with green stems and leavesDaisy Meadow - white daisy against a meadow background (in assorted colours)
Daisy - (image 3) single daisy stem with textured raised background (colours may vary)
Rainbow Feather (image 4) - single feather design with a rainbow of colours, with a raised transparent background (feather shape will vary).
Dragonfly (image 5) - aqua wings with a raised body (may vary) against a raised background.
Daisy Meadow (image 6 and 9) - white daisy with stems and leaves and other flowers.
Flower Meadow (image 7 and 8)- each is unique with a mixture of flower stems and green leaves/grasses.
Heart - raised red glass forms the shape of a heart, with a raised transparent background.