Friday, November 22, 2013

Something New: Gnome House Cabochons

I wanted to share this with you all to see what you think. My new gnome house on a hill lampwork cabochon:

Gnome House

On Flickr I've been following the photostream of fiber artist Mimi Kirchner, in large part because I saw and fell in love with these:

Tiny world with vine heart house

woodsy tiny world strawberry cup tiny world

Then my friend Nancy Dale did a post about a found object freeform peyote challenge she did, in which she made:

So, now having seen these adorable houses on hills in two mediums, I was, of course, competitively obligated inspired to make my own version.

Gnome HouseGnome House

The base is lime green. I used frit to add some color variation to the grass, used some translucent brown for shiny rocks on the path and by the door, some olive green to add a little texture in the grass, and ivory, coral, & brown for the house.

In the end the cabochon ended up coming off of the cabochon mandrel prematurely because of the weight and the base getting cooler as I added the house. So, in think that, in future iterations, I'll be making these off mandrel, attached to a glass puntil, which I'll then cold work with a diamond saw and flat lap to finish. Hopefully that'll work better and I'll have better control over the glass so I can do the details better. (I am frustrated with the overlapping brown on the door!) Maybe add some cute little flowers on the hill!

I'm just SO excited about all of the options here and I'm definitely going to make more. What do you guys think? I haven't seen glass cabochons like this before. Have you? If you have, let me know! I want to ogle the eye candy, too!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Ohhhhh yes!!!!! More more more!!! Yes; you're working out the details right now, to make more!! I loooooooove your first try - and I can't wait to see your new 'tweaked' look! I have only seen the 'fairy' houses as beads, I haven't seen a whole cabochon of the hill and everything - this is just fabulous!! And thanks so much for including my rock!! ;)

  2. Thanks, Nancy, for the inspiration and encouragement! I'm excited to try more! You'll have to think about how you'd use one. I'm not sure how well they'd work on a bracelet ... except as a weapon :)

  3. Cuteness pure ... :0) Love the fiber- and peyote works of your friends too!

    1. Thank you, Michaela! I made a smaller one last night that I'm really pleased with! I'll post it on my Flickr page! - Julie