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 • 16 Comments

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

 

 

 

Smalls and Lil Notcher

•July 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Working on some small flower pieces right now. Hope to have them done today. I need to start on a ballerina piece that is a commish. I am continually surprised at how time consuming it all is, lol.

smalls flowers wip

 

When I was gathering items for the class I taught, earlier this year, a very nice lady came in and donated all her glass equipment. all of it. it was fantastic. one of the items was a little device called a Lil Notcher. I finally went to the local glass shop and asked what it was. It is a little device that takes a “V” chunk out of single channel U came, so you can frame your piece in it. I used it for the first time, two nights ago. It is fantastic!!

lil notcher

no more unfinished edges on suncatchers and smalls, yay!!

Kelli Jelli

•July 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A commission piece, heading off to AZ tomorrow. Very pleased with it.

Kelli Jelli iriwtmk

reArrangeing

•June 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

Is that even the correct way to spell it?

I have a decent amount of glass, but it is hard to really see what I have. despite my attempts to organize, as soon as I pull glass for piece, it is like a bomb went off in the shop and garage. I have sheets of glass leaving against walls, shelf units, the crates I store them in in the garage. At some point, disaster will strike.

I saw a fantastic rack in another workshop, built of industrial shelving, tall on the bottom, with a med sized shelf on the top. Loved it. I searched the internuts, trying to find reasonably priced shelving int he size I need, which is 24″ deep, and i need to be able to get a 40″ piece of glass on the bottom rack. Especially if i go ahead with my plan to wholesale.

I found these fantastic racks at Lowe’s. On sale too. It is a bit smaller than I deal (60″ wide by 18″ deep) but at the $100 price point, i will deal with it. they did have a 72″ wide by 24″ deep, but the price was $180, and that is more than I can afford. Glassers are notoriously cheap, lol. (Thank you Auntie, for the bday gift xoxox)

rack

The other issue was light penetration. Most of these racks are floored with particle board. This baby is a wire grid shelf. I placed it under the existing daylight fluorescent, and viola!! no  more pulling a piece all the way to see what the color really is. I wasn’t going to load it. really. I wasn’t.

rack semi loaded

I bought a $6 pack of furring strips, cut them to 6 ft, and zip tied them to the grid as dividers. something smaller would have been nice, but the price couldn’t be beat, lol. Very pleased with it. The top shelf holds the long, narrow pieces (4-6″ x 24), the ones that are forever getting lost, but when you need one, you really need one. I had the brilliant idea to put them at an angle, otherwise, I am afraid at some point a very bad thing would happen.

of course, now I want another one. Maybe someday. After I discover a cashe of Gold Rush era uncirculated gold coins buried in my back yard.

On fire.

•May 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I feel hot, these days. Arty as all get-out. Finished a pattern tonight, and Jelly pattern, suncatcher-style. It’s a request from a fried in AZ, but since it is completely an Artist’s Choice, they have the right of refusal. While I’m drawing these up, I feel like I can bust them out, and stockpile a bunch and sell them at the Farmer’ Market, or, better yet, ArtWalk 2014, but it doesn’t actually happen that way, lol. I am not a fan of repeating stuff. Much.

Finished piece, for Sale. Resting Tree, $120   10×15

resting tree 1wtmk

This piece was inspired by another piece i saw somewhere on the web. I have just discovered image search on google, and am in the process of trying to locate all the original posters of images I have, so I can credit the original artist. Please be patient, I am working on it.

whoops, just realized that I have posted this already. My bad. Sorry.

Hopefully, it’s not terminal

•May 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Blew up my Gemini Saw last night. Turned it on, and it made a horrendous noise. Switched it off, checked it out… the blade was getting stuck at one point in its revolutions. I hand-walked it thru until it was moving well. The blet was a tad loose, checked the tension spring, that was a tad loose as well. Tried to tighten it, with less than ideal results. Turned it on, it gave a loud-ass whooping cough, and quit. I may, or may not, have seen a blue flash. I am really hoping that it is “NOT”. A blue flash would mean a burnt motor part, not my forte. Sprung springs and worn belts, I can handle. Burnt electric stuff: not so much.

rose pattern

 

Of course, this is the piece I am working on right now. With lots of sharp corners, and that big, deep inside curvature around the top of the rose. I will be testing my cutting skills today. Probably time that I practice those anyway. I love my saw, but having it has made me complacent.

I’ve picked up a couple guitars. Going to try the guitar face thing that is all the rage on SGA. I had a friend who saw one and wanted it, but I got cold feet and felt pressured and told her no-can-do. Now that I have mulled it over, I want to try it. Sky River Music, a music store in town, donated a guitar for me to practice with, and I picked up another at a garage sale yesterday. Enthused about that. Also have a couple little bee-and0flower pieces that I’m going to set my hand to. Simple. quick pieces.

I hope everyone has a slothful and boozy Mother’s Day. If anyone deserves it, it is mothers.

UPDATE

Cleaned her up, replaced the belt, held my breath and switched her on. She works!! YAY!!

Jelly Jewelry

•May 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I adapted this piece from a jewelry piece by John Pacheco. I need a quickie pattern for a suncatcher. Now that I have worked it, I have some ideas and am looking forward to modifying it and playing with it.

jelly jewelry

jelly jewelry detail 1

jelly jewelry detail 2

 

this is one of those pieces that doesn’t photograph all that well. the jellyfish “legs” are a lovely iridescent glass, pale lavendar with bits of blue and green. the glass gems are purple, pale green and soft blue.