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Beauty from Slag

I’ve had this beautiful piece of glass for many years; so many years that I don’t have a memory of buying it. Many of you will recognize it as being a specimen of slag glass.

Production of slag glass originated in late-19th-century England, where glass manufacturers are thought to have added slag from iron-smelting works to molten glass in order to create a range of effects—from tortoiseshell to marbling. Among other uses, slag glass was a popular material for lampshades. This purple and white is one of the more common colors and swirled design.

Slag. Depending on where you’re from, it may be an insult, a term meaning trash. Slag is typically an iron calcium silicate type material, which is liquid in the furnaces and is poured or siphoned off the top of the molten metal. When it cools it forms a solid glassy looking substance and when added to molten glass creates such beautiful pieces as this one of mine.

When I came to Jesus, I was little more than bits and pieces of humanity–as are we all. My mom and dad told me about giving my life to Him and it seemed right to me, and I knew I wanted to do that. So this scrawny straggle-haired child knelt at an altar in a store-front church and surrendered up, and Jesus took me. He accepted my pitiful offering, scooped up the slag of my life, and added His spirit to what I had handed him. I was transformed. That’s why I can look at my life–now exceeding eighty years–and say, “Thank you sweet Jesus. Thank you for vision, for abundance, for a beautiful life.”

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

16 replies on “Beauty from Slag”

This is my first exposure to slag glass. Your beautiful post gives it added meaning. It reminded me of the verse from Isaiah: “To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isaiah 61: 3).


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Thankyou. Glad I found your blog. I will be showing this picture to our daughter who was born very handicapped 37 years ago. 35 surgeries later and a very crippled body frays at her mind constantly. She sees herself as trash when she really is beautiful slag glass. God answers prayer for word wisdom in creative ways. Thanks again.

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Oh, my goodness, this brought tears to my eyes. God bless your daughter, and help her to comprehend that God sees her . . .knows her name. . . and values her. He did so before she was ever born. Thank you for reading here and for following my blog. Blessings always……

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This exchange has touched me deeply today, Gary. What a God we serve. A loving God who today used His little people to infuse joy into the lives of each other.. . to make His presence manifest. I also have sobbed. Please hug your precious daughter for me.

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I will give Tania a hug for you. She has sobbed more than the rest of us put together. She has a tender heart and comprehends so much of Gods love for her before time began. that God orchestrated something very special through total strangers like you and G.W.
There is more. Her mother (My wife of 42 years) just left and will be gone for awhile. She and her sisters are putting her mother into hospice and will care for her for the duration. Yes, this is more than special. Thanks again for your part…fun huh?

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One final part to the story Shirley…My daughters Grandma Shirley passed away a couple of weeks ago. My wife and her siblings all agreed that our daughter should have a beautiful. decorative bowl made of slag glass. It now sits on her “Memory Shelf” prominently displayed with a huge story of who she is in God’s eyes from “Another Shirley”


Aunt. Shirley. This Is Very Beautiful.&. Amazing. God. Dose the Best when He Dose His Work. It. Make Me think aboutThe gift My friend. Gave Me for My last year when God Took Her In His Arm .She Said. It was. Her. Mother &. She. Want. Me. To. How It my. Friend Was. 78. Year Old .when. God. Took. Her. .I. Do. Not know. How Old This Is .But. I. Will Keep Is close. To. My Heart. Love. You Very Very. Much Aunt. Shirley. &. Uncle Jerry. Cheryl.


Beautiful, Shirley. God indeed takes the slag of our lives and creates His beauty in us. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus …

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