Oriel Hicks,                                                       Glass Artist.


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Living and working in the Isles of Scilly is inspirational.... but also has its difficulties!

Getting supplies of large sheets of coloured glass intact from the mainland can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the winter months when the only supply vessel is held up because of rough weather.

I thought people might be interested in the life of an island-dwelling artisan.

Mosaic Driftwood

By Oriel Hicks, Mar 17 2014 08:43PM

Along with the rest of the UK, the islands were ravaged by storms in the early months of this year. Our little freight steamer struggled to make it over and cancelled her trip on more than one occasion.

However, as a by-product of the terrible weather, large quantities of wonderfully distressed driftwood arrived on our shores, so I have started putting it to good use.

My latest venture is to chisel out shapes in the wood and set tesserae (little mosaic pieces) into it.

I have also discovered that the Cornwall Scrap Store stocks a very good substitute for gold leaf... but much cheaper! So the reverse sides of some pieces have their rough textured surfaces highlighted in gold!

I have photographed the first batch, and at the moment, I think I'm going to keep the one on the left.

Oct 22 2017 05:32PM by Kathleen kramer

Do you have an instructional book? I love your elements! Beautiful work!

Thank you,

Oct 22 2017 06:33PM by phoenixstainedglass

Sadly, I don't really have ime to write about how to do it. I tend to just experiment, especially in the winter months when I'm not so busy.

Jan 4 2018 04:04PM by Barb

Your pieces are lovely I was trying to find out a way to actually insert stainglass into the wood cut shapes into it but a bit unsure on how to go about it could you make any suggestions greatly would appreciate it.

Jan 4 2018 04:49PM by phoenixstainedglass

I use a set of small wood chisels Barb, turning one on its edge to outline the shape I want, then using it flat to remove the wood carefully. It is almost imposible to take out a circle in the wood, so I try to stick to designing mosaic inserts with straight edges! Mind your fingers when using the chisels, and never push the blade towards your other hand holding the wood, as it will do you damage if it slips.

Feb 12 2018 08:25PM by Bridget Greene

I love your work. The 2 mediums of Glass & wood work beautifully together. Thank you for instructions on how to chisel holes in the driftwood. May I please ask,.how do you stick or hold the glass in place in the holes. Do u use wire or maybe special glue. I would live to try something g like this. Bridget in Ireland

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