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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Guitar Art Challenge on: May 01, 2012 10:11:36 AM
Earlier this year I was selected along with 16 other artisans by a nearby community for an Art Challenge.  We were all given guitars to create on and with. 

I am a ginormous Beatles fan.  Always have been.  My favoritest all time Bealtes song is "Here Comes the Sun".  If you're familar with the song you will know that the introduction to the song is a guitar solo.  The music score along the side of the guitar is that music.

The facemask was formed in my kiln.  It was a single layer of cathedral glass draped over a ceramic mold.  I also fused the moon in the kiln using two layers of the same glass.  The round dots for the music notes were a single layer of black glass fired in the kiln to create cabachons. 

I used "Mac" glue to adhere the various types of glass to the guitar.  Mac glue was recommended to me ages ago by HSG here on Craftster.  If you're thinking about doing a mosaic, I would also highly recommend the use of that glue.  It's the BEST.  Hands down.

As any glass artisan knows...photographi ng glass is a real pain in the a...!  So what you won't see on my photographs is the fact that behind the face mask is a mirror.  So you if you look face on to the mask you'll see yourself.  Kind of creepy cool and totally unexpected.   Roll Eyes

The blue background glass starts out at the bottom a very light blue and as it progresses up the guitar it becomes more cobalt to a dark midnight blue at the top. 

So.  There ya go.  I don't even want to think about how many hours I have into this thing.  It was a lot.  A LOT!  But I'm very proud of how it turned out.   I hope you like it too! 

Thanks for looking!









2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Tropical Blast Soap! on: January 23, 2012 02:07:06 PM
I used TKB's Pop Mica's for the colorant and scented it with Nature's Garden "Tropical Blast" fragrance.  YUM.EE!
"A fresh combination of pineapples, mango, papaya, coconut, and wild watermelon."

 I did a column swirl but the soap got a little gloppy towards the end.  But even so, I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!

3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The Beatles on: January 05, 2012 12:30:27 PM
This mosaic was made at the request of a friend.  He wanted to gift it to his daughter for Christmas.

I can say that I ended up a couple of pretty happy customers with this piece.  Wink

 :)I was reminded by HSG (Glass Crafts Moderator Extraordinaire!) that I often post pieces that are music related. I hadn't really realized that...but it made me chuckle a bit...considering I can't sing a note and don't play an instrument.  I guess I'm just a great music appreciator

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Hey Jude by The Beatles on: January 05, 2012 08:45:22 AM
I have a good friend who is a Beatlemaniac like me. We totally enable each other's mania!  Grin

She was out thrifting one day and found this 45 record of Hey Jude/Revolution.  She was asking on Facebook how to display it and right away I thought of encasing in glass somehow. 

Well, we decided to do some bartering for the project.  She did my baking for our church Christmas Bazaar and I made her this...

Biggest issue was sandwiching the record between two pieces of glass.  I didn't want to damage the record in anyway so I was extra careful with it.  I originally wanted to use one of those plastic record thingies that you clip into the 45 record but it didn't provide enough thickness to keep the glass from moving around.  So I ended up cutting a square piece of black glass and gluing it in. I would've rather had a round piece of glass but if you're a glasser you know how hard it is to cut a perfectly round piece of glass... Tongue

The other concern I had was that I was worried about the record getting too hot and melting while I was soldering.  Turned it that it wasn't a problem.   I really, really suck at soldering so I was extra careful to make sure that I let the glass cool before doing any rework. 

Thanks for taking a look at my project!



5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Handkerchief Vases here too! on: August 15, 2011 02:41:05 PM
Here's a couple of the handkerchief vases I've made in my kiln. 

Each one is made with single sheet of stained glass.  For the glass that's an opalescant (pink/white/orange), I used Spray "A" on it. 

Side note on Spray "A"...I just recently learned that Spray "A" is not food safe.  Not that it matters with handkerchief vases but I was planning on using Spray "A" with some other projects...like spoon rests and the like.  Good thing I found out about it not being food safe before I used it!!   Shocked

Just thought I'd pass that bit of information along to help out other glassers if you didn't know that already! Wink

On to the glassy goodness:
I love the way this one curled to make a peek hole!

Photo of the whole piece:


Blue and White Baroque Glass....
This photo shows where the tip of the glass turned on to itself!  Way cool.



This one is a little boring in comparision with the other two...but still nice.


Thanks for checking out my posting!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Slumped Facemask on: August 02, 2011 01:50:07 PM
I slumped this glass piece in my kiln over a ceramic mold.  The firing schedule is pretty tricky and the placement is trickier yet.  But after about 5 tries I got it figured out. 

I'm pretty stoked about how it turned out.  Sorta creepy but totally cool!

You like?





Thanks for looking!
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Dark Side of the Moon on: August 02, 2011 01:44:23 PM
I haven't been around Craftster for awhile.  Been busy creating but I do come back and lurk once in awhile.

I thought it would be fun to come back a post a couple of things.

Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" fan-art. 



Thanks for checking out my posting.

Whoops, probably should've mentioned that this was stained glass.  Embarrassed Sorry.  Wink
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / new soaps on: August 02, 2011 01:39:23 PM
I've haven't posted on Craftsters for quite awhile. Been busy doing all sorts of stuff and been coming back to lurk but haven't posted any of my creations so I thought it was time.

Ta-da!

Just to think that over a year ago I was totally puzzled about this whole soaping thing.  Look at me now!

Thank you to everyone who helped and encouraged me oh so long ago!  It's been about a year and a half so far. 




Cucumber/wasabi/cilantro scented



Country Bumpkin
(I was messing around with the photography box...that blue background really makes that soap pop doesn't it?)



Lavendar scented


Organic Oatmeal and Raw Honey from our beehives. YUM! 

Thanks for checking out my posting!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Cricut Personal Cutter on: November 25, 2010 06:13:14 PM
Hi all!  I'm usually not on the paper crafts board...you would find me over on the glass crafts and the bath and body boards normally.  Hope you don't mind me popping into your neighborhood to ask a couple of questions.  Smiley

I've been drolling over the Cricut Personal Cutter in the JoAnn's ad for Black Friday.  I'm thinking of picking one up.  All I really want it for is lettering.  I want letters for various displays, posters and what not.  I'm tired of using all those old fashioned letter stencils that you have to trace then cut.

Tell me, is getting this small cutter a waste of money?  It's sale priced at $69.99.  Looks like I can put regular 8.5X11 inch paper through it. I figure I'll put a couple of cartridges on the list for Santa to bring me and I'll be all good with my new toy.

Hey, just a thought...can you put more than just paper through here?  Meaning:  Can I use contact paper to make stencils?  OR how about waxed paper for freezer paper stencils?  Or how about sticker paper?  Or how about fabric ironed on to freezer paper? 

Or am I completely nuts to think this one toy can do all those things?  Have I completely destroyed my new toy even before I bought it?   Wink

Thanks for the help/advice!
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Meals and Memories..... on: October 29, 2010 08:05:12 AM
So here is my entry for the 2010 Glass Challenge!

Part of the focus of the challenge was to be green by using some recycled object in the peice.  I choose to use canning jar lids and a glass refrigerator box lid. 

When this challenge came along, I knew right away I was going to use those items in some sort of piece.  I started laying out the glass...moving the lids this way and that.  Scooting the cover here and there.  Pretty soon I realized that the best way this thing was going to lay out was with a big open area. No worries.  I was pretty sure I could come up with something to put there.

So as I'm putting together my item, I was thinking about all the meals that came from the goodness put in those canning jars.  Canned tomatoes, jams and jellies, veggies off all kinds or how about canned meat?  In the days those type of jars were used...lots of things were canned.  That was just how life was. Grandma, Mom and daughter in the kitchen working as one to feed the family. 

Nothing makes me happier than to cook up a big meal for my family. Face it, most family memories are created around food.  In the kitchen, at the dinner table, or during family holidays...anytime a group of people get together...Food is involved.

I tried to decide what to put in the open area.  I knew I wanted to etch something in there but what?  I brought piece to work and asked my coworkers for ideas.  One of them came up with/found the saying "Meal and Memories Made Here"  PERFECT! 

I love absolutely everything about this piece.  It just evokes a warm fuzzy feeling in me.  I can't wait to hang it permanently in my kitchen. 

Glass is very difficult to photograph well.  I hope you can see the item well enough to get the same warm fuzzy feeling I got from it!


Sunset through the glass through the window...

Etching:  Meals and Memories Made Here


This is a better picture of the actual color of the glass..more of a Navy Blue than a Cobalt Blue.


Refrigerator Box Lid


Close up the Canning Jar Lids


The piece is made with lead came, copper foil and zinc edging.
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