Festival season might be upon us, but what about those of us who are looking for something different? Well next weekend, you can try your hand at making something that looks like it leaped straight out of Pinterest. Because now, you can learn how make your own terrarium! Simply use GIRLCREW20 to bag yourself 20% off here.
Terrariums are small glass structures that contain plants and soil. Usually housing succulents, they were popularised in the Victorian era but have seen a resurgence again of late. Mostly thanks to bloggers, who have noticed they are très chic and make the perfect home decoration. And now you’ve the chance to learn how to make your own terrarium!
GirlCrewer, Alison Byrne of WildBird Studio is hosting a one-day workshop next week (June 10th), and she’s very kindly given us a discount code for members. Simply use GIRLCREW20 to claim 20% off here. In the meantime, we had a chat with Alison to find out more about the course, and her love for these quirky contraptions.
1) How did you get into making terrariums?
I started doing stained glass about 16 years ago but I only made my first terrarium when I was living in Melbourne 3 years ago! Myself and my housemates got lots of jars and fish stones and spent an evening putting terrariums together. When I moved back home I started making them using stained glass techniques. They’ve been so popular and I really enjoy making them.
2) What can people expect from the course?
On the course you will learn to create a Terrarium using the Copper Foil technique of Stained Glass. You will learn to follow a pattern, cut glass, grind and foil the pieces, solder it all together, and finally finish off your piece with patinas and polish. We will then plant up your terrarium with some decorative stones and a succulent or cacti to take home. You don’t need any experience as I will be teach you every aspect of the making process.
3) Do you have any dos/don’ts for beginners?
The most important thing for beginners and masters alike is to remember to turn off your soldering iron. I’ve burnt through so many soldering tips by forgetting to turn it off, not to mention the danger of starting a fire!
4) Do you have any favourite materials to work with?
I love to work with Youghiogheny glass (don’t ask me to pronounce it!), they make sheets of glass with the most beautiful and deep colours. Their sheets are so stunning I almost feel guilty cutting them up.
If you want learn how make your own terrarium, and lets face, it sounds brilliant. You can sign up here, and thanks to Alison for giving us 20% off with the code GIRLCREW20.