hand cutting vs saw

•February 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This subject is debated, seemingly endlessly, on one of the FB pages I follow. Traditionalists are of the opinion that using a saw is cheating, essentially. I believe that for beginners, it is cheating a bit. I cut glass by hand for 4 years before buying my Gemini ring blade saw. I think it is a sound argument for developing your cutting skills first, before relying on a saw. once you have a saw, it is so easy to just use it since it is there, even on easy stuff. I wouldn’t have challenged myself to cut some difficult angles, if I had owned the saw early on.

the glow cut

This would have been a super simple cut with the ring saw. Maybe take 5 minutes. Instead, I cut it out by hand using Ringstar pliers, little nibble, by little nibble.

the glow

I then ground out the rest, switching back and forth between a regular bit, a 1/4″ bit and an 1/8″ bit. Took a couple of hours. The satisfaction of doing it has lasted for 9 years… and will last as long as the piece exists.

I use my saw fairly sparingly. If I have a cut that I must get done, and I only have one shot, then I will use the saw. If I have loaded a bunch of pattern pieces super tight a piece of glass (this goes back to having a limited amount of a specific glass), glass that is notoriously difficult to cut (drapery glass, ripple glass, or any translucent /opaque blend esp with lots of white in it), and deep inside curves are all situations in which I would use the saw. Oh, and points and right angles.

small lotus backlit

the saw certainly makes thing easier. I like to keep my cutting skills lubed up, so I use it as seldom as possible, but it is a worthy investment.

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glass as meditation

•January 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Glass artists create an astounding amount of scrap glass. Astounding. We are loathe to part with it, too. It’s humorous really, the amount of scrap you end up having. I have seen photos of scrap glass storage that is larger than the amount of clothing I own. No lie. Especially once you get into mosaics, because you can use tiny-tiny, little pieces in mosaics, or glass-on-glass (aka GOG). It’s a problem.

lot 9 pinks reds

I had a thought at one point that I would begin doing GOG. After following a great group on FB for a year, I decided that the medium wasn’t for me. The level of minutiae was beyond me. GOG is much more versatile, in my opinion, than stained glass. Or perhaps I should say from my point of view. You can get a level of detail that is only equaled in those 1000+ pc tiffany lampshades. I severely dislike using small pieces in my stained glass. If I cannot get around a tiny piece, I will try a foil overlay. If that doesn’t work, I can suck it up, but I grumble the entire time. I am not quite as fanatically against small pcs as I was before I purchased Nick’s Grinders Mate. It is a great tool, and I would highly recommend it if you do not already own it. It will save your fingertips and nails when grinding.

lot 10 yellow: orange

I had begun to hoard glass scraps in anticipation of GOG. Once I decided not to do it, I thought perhaps I could sell it, but I never actually got around to figuring out the how-and-why of that. Last week I stopped by my local glass shop to pick up some copper patina, and my fingers began wandering thru a soda flat of some really great scrap. I began pulling pieces out, and the owner said those are already taken… she took me over to the pile of scrap. There was a ton of it. I have a couple of gallon milk jugs worth of scrap. She had 8 file boxes full, big scrap too, not just small stuff, like mine. It made my blood sing, to imagine it all sorted, and organized

glass scrap

She mentioned that she wanted it gone, and I ended up offering to box it up for her and put it up on a couple fb groups to sell, move it for her. She said ok, but on the day, supplies weren’t on hand, so I declined. I had worked myself all up to sort glass scraps, so I decided to sort mine. It had been a weird, frustrating day and I felt like I was spinning my wheels. Walking in circles and getting all huffy. So I poured a glass of wine and sat down at my table to photograph, box and weigh scraps. I ended up dumping out my big receptacle, and spent a couple enjoyable hours sorting by color and singing along to Ozzy’s Boneyard on SiriusXM. I sorted about 15 lbs of scrap.

glass scrap sorting

Posted the photos late last night, and by 10 am today, had sold all of it. I kinda wish I had more, now… and I have freed up a bunch of space on and around my work table. It has spurred me to photograph some other items I have, that I would like to sell, and begin listing them on ebay (not glass related). Good stuff.

better photos

•January 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

still not bright enough. today is sunny though, so i might take a few more.

round ganesha

little square ganesha   little sq ganesha backlit

hello 2015

•January 18, 2015 • 1 Comment

ah, Sunday…. Have I mentioned how much I love sunday? no? well, i love it lots. it is a no-work, no-way day. In theory, at least. I do end up cleaning some house on sunday, usually because it is making me crazy by then.

So, what’s up with glass for the year? well. I think its to be a no more commissions year. we will see how that flies… I have my doubts. I am working on a cross commish right now, and have 3 (?) in the pipeline (doggies, tree and butterfly), and that will take me thru July. Hopefully it won’t actually take me til July to do them all. As is usual for post christmas, i am a tad burnt out. and, as is usual, i want to do some smalls and just chill out. I also have a long list of things that I want to do, just for fun… christmas themed stuff, some heart things for valentines day (that’ll never happen, lol.) and then the stuff I want just for me.

I sold my beloved Sunflower piece this year. It went to a good friend, and a lovely person, who had admired it in my window some time ago, so I am happy with it’s new home. I have a gorgeous pattern for a new one, but I need to find the time to do it. It is going to be an ass-kicker, lots of little pieces in that center part. and it is overlaid with a adorbs little bee. then there is Mucha’s Moon piece that I’d like to attempt for myself.

Screen shot 2014-11-13 at 7.04.10 AM and then… there is this gorgeous poppy piece that I bought the pattern for, from this great site. That will require a special trip to the bay area, for glass. Mucha will too.

So, as you can see, lots of things on the horizon. Also, there is the dyeing… shirts for now, but hopoefully yoga pants, ponchos and organic cotton sheets for summer.

blue violet front detail 1 for now,  i’ll leave you with some lousy photos of my latest palette cleansers, lol. it has been overcast, and I just haven’t been able to get well-lit photos, the curse of winter…

photo 2   photo 3

go do some art!! have a great day, and may 2015 be a creative year for you! xoxo

And it’s done.

•November 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Ah, ArtWalk is finished, and two days later i’m knocked over with stomach flu. I’m just delighted it happened after, and not before or during.

natural light

natural light

I think ArtWalk was a success. I was able to talk to many people about the art, classes, commissions and just how fantastic it is to be able to work with the medium. I think having Wink Fashion host was an excellent idea, though the presentation of the glass was not spectacular. I will probably do the event again next year, but will be seriously contemplating the display, for some changes.

Now it is on to commissions. I have a dragonfly commission up first, then a doggie commish next. After that, a cross and hummingbird, then a fairy. after that… I would love to take a break and work on some of my own stuff. I really want to get designing on Moon.

Screen shot 2014-11-13 at 7.04.10 AM

 

I also want to do some ganesha and lotus and buddha pieces. small, affordable ones. and snowmen. wacky combo, i know.

amping up

•September 19, 2014 • 1 Comment

hello my fine internet friends. thought I would try to post up some pics of my latest projects. ArtWalk 2014 is coming up in about 6 weeks and I am in full-blown prep mode. Additionally, I agreed to make a windsock fish as a silent auction piece for a fundraiser for Stop the Violence, on Oct 18th. To be honest, I already did that one, but it turned out so damn pretty, that I am keeping it, and now need to make another. Fickle, I am.

fish windsock teal belly

It seems as though the theme will be the ocean, again. I just seem drawn to those pieces. Throw in a few trees as well. And some sunflowers. I have been intrigued with other people renditions of circle trees. One artist, Roz, overlays them, another creates them out of bottle bottoms, an Idea I love, but not enough to go thru the effort of collecting and cutting. Maybe if I get a belt sander someday. I did mine as just a flat panel. the pic is before foiling and solder.

curcles cleaned up

tree ready for foil

Working in a mermaid piece now. I have done this in the past, and always planned to revisit it.

mermaid prep

Time permitting, i’ll get a whale piece done, hopefully a circle; two jellies; another set of windsock fishies, smaller and simpler, all hung from a branch with fishing line. And if I am really kicking ass, I will have some time for some random color pops.

Ok, quick post is over, time for shower. Have a glorious day, peeps!

A new project

•August 24, 2014 • 1 Comment

I am a participant of a few glass-themed pages on FB. They are a great source of inspiration, solutions, and general glass comraderie. several weeks ago, stained glass guitars began making the rounds. the concept intrigued me. it needed to roll around in my noggin for bit, but I finally acquired 3 guitars, and began the process.

removing the top

This top came off easily. The guitar was pretty banged up, and the front and back both were already loose. Once off, i used the front piece to create a template for the design.

flag foiledbeginning flag guitar Once it was foiling and soldered, I had to finish prep ont he guitar, which was more than I had thought of. The lighting turned out to be the most difficult to nail down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I figured out the lighting method, i had to secure the rope inside the guitar. i tried gluing down the clips, but they pulled free with ridiculous ease. In the end, I bolted them in place, drilled a hole in the bottom for the electric cord, and secured the loose rope with zip-ties.

string light installed

And then, the moment of truth. The top didn’t line up 100%, but it’s close enough. I’ll seal the small gaps with some silicone, today. Epoxied the two sides, let them sit for a few mins, then pressed them together. Weighted the top down, and let it cure for 24 hours.

top glued and weighted

and viola! hung and lighted…

illuminated in natural light

 

 

 

 
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