Sand Art – What is it?
History of Glass and Sand Art
Glass essentially is made from sand and is a combination of about 75% silicon dioxide (SiO2), sodium oxide (Na2O) from soda ash, lime (CaO). So it is quite fitting that sand artists use glass bottles and glass sheets to create these wonderful works of art.
It does occur naturally in nature due to the heat and pressures from volcanoes creating obsidian glass, this was used by Stone Age man as a cutting tool, lightning strikes can also leave a tube of glass around the point of strike with the earth.
There is still debate as to where glass was first developed. Objects coated with glass have been found that date back to at least 12,000 BC. There does seem to be strong archaeological evidence that Northern Syria is possibly where the initial real glass was made. From this era until today containers made from glass have been manufactured in a myriad of shapes and sizes. These are used in Sand Art creations.
Inspired by the wavy dunes of the Middle Eastern and African deserts Sand Art in bottles takes on the same undulating forms. Sand Art is thought to have started in the city of Petra, Jordan that is encircled by multi-colored sand dunes and hills.
How do I create Sand Art? How easy is it?
Pictured above: A child fills bottles through a funnel with various colors of sand, layer upon layer until the bottle is full. This is the simplest and easiest form of Sand Art and anyone can do it. The satisfaction of creating something unique that you have made is quite rewarding.
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Here is the same foreground picture with three different sand art background combinations.
A little more complicated is this picture frame that has 6 layers of sand each in their own “compartment” separated by thin glass or Perspex. Perspex is possibly the safer option to work with. (Pictures by Janek Szymanowski ©)
Various colors of sand have been used in each layer to create the wavy look that sand dunes have in their natural form.
When the picture is tilted or turned upside down and then returned to the right side up, the sand in each section settles down to create a new unique picture every time.
And For Some That Look Similar To The Pix Above
Not Quite The Same Moving Sand Art As Above But Sand Can Make A Great Medium For Kids To Create Art.
Reference: Wiki Commons.