What is the Glass Heart Campaign?
The Glass Heart Campaign was born out of the COVID-19 Pandemic. My partner in crime and art, Staci, and I wanted to do something to let people on the front lines know that they were being thought of, appreciated, cared about, loved and most importantly, PRAYED for. We both have loved ones in the front lines of this thing and we know that there are great sacrifices being made and a huge toll that goes way beyond the physical exhaustion.
Because we are artists and work in a variety of media, we wanted to select the best media that would get our message across and be something that could be carried in a pocket but not carry germs. We decided that fused glass was the way to go!
The process is fairly simple, if a bit time consuming. We use scrap pieces of colored and clear fusing glass from our many projects and cut and glue them into heart shapes. Then we put the hearts into a kiln where they are subjected to intense heat. The heat melts the glass pieces together, softens the edges and makes the entire piece significantly stronger.
The beauty of this process is that this is also what we pray for each of the people we make hearts for. That each of them would come through the fire of this hellish experience stronger and more beautiful than before this craziness erupted into our world.
Bonus - glass can be sanitized!
We have had a wonderful response to our requests for names and places to send hearts to and have been hard at work to get hearts to everyone requested. If you have a name of someone who is working the front lines of this pandemic (medical personnel, first responders, etc.), please contact us and let us know so we can send them a heart and show our appreciation.
If you have been the recipient of a glass heart, we would love to hear from you and know how you are doing.
Thank you, ALL of you, for your support and encouragement.
Much love from us both,
Andie & Staci
UPDATE - May 22, 2020:
Thank you so much for your patience as we worked to figure out our strategy for meeting the unexpected demand for our glass hearts. We are selling the hearts in our Etsy shop – there are some listed now and there will be more selection and colors available as we gain more access to our glass suppliers. We will continue to donate hearts to first responders, medical staff, and essential workers as much we can, using the profits from the hearts we sell to help cover the manufacturing costs and shipping for the donated hearts.
If you are interested in purchasing hearts, please visit our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Vendor5Creations.
If you are an essential worker or know of an essential worker who could use the encouragement of one of our glass hearts and included message, please message me back with their information and we will put them on our list and get a heart out to them as soon as we can. Custom orders are not always possible due to time and supply availability, but we will do what we can to accommodate them.
Stay safe and be awesome!
Andie & Staci
Vendor 5 Creations