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1  Problems with drilling a hole into glass (breaks after a couple of days) in Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Little owl on: April 22, 2015 03:44:56 AM
Hey there,
I am hoping that there is someone here that can tell me more about how to solve the following problem.

I have been drilling holes into my glass pendants (microwave kiln) with my new small rotary tool and diamond bits.
I put it in some water and drill very gently and take a long time to do it right.
It works very well and holes look clean and I think it looks lovely and natural when I finish the piece with cord.
But, even though it looks good at first, after a few days suddenly a big crack appears and  the pieces break in two.

So right after drilling everything seems fine and whole, and after a couple of days it suddenly breaks. It has happened to 3 of the 6 pieces I have drilled so far Sad which is a lot.
This dolphin one for example broke without a clear reason (it was just sitting on the table) after 4 days:

Before, there was no crack visible in any way, and it just looked sturdy and whole. I was very happy with it.

I would be so happy if anyone can tell me what it is that I am doing wrong, I just love to use cord instead of a stick on bail. So can I drill holes without having the pieces break? If yes, how can I improve my ways? Smiley (a big thank you in advance Smiley)
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2  Re: Fused glass and painted tree in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Little owl on: April 17, 2015 11:50:48 AM
Ok, drilling holes worked out. Some pieces broke, but this one did not Smiley
I still need some practice Smiley

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3  painted pendant (wood and oils) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: April 15, 2015 11:23:58 PM
Recently I made this new pendant with oil paints. I thought it would be fun to start making tiny garden/spring scenes.
This time I added a slightly bigger bail then I usually do, because I wanted a thick cotton cord in it. I do not want to use leather or silk, so I had to search a bit for something nice, but cotton cord proves to be very pretty Smiley so thats great! I was thinking about searching for a green cord, to make it remind even more of spring and nature.

Next one might be one with spring flowers. Smiley

I am doing all of these tiny oil painting pieces because I want to push myself to start painting again, I got nervous about it and stopped. So I am hoping that making it small and showing it to people will help to have the guts again to make bigger paintings. (also doing ATC's lol Smiley)
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4  Fused glass and painted tree in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by Little owl on: April 01, 2015 02:23:44 AM

Hey there everyone ^_^
I just finished a new pendant yesterday. I still make trees a lot, so again a tree (sorry, just have this fascination for them Smiley)
Its size is 5 cm x 2.5 cm and I was wondering if that is too big? What do you guys think?
I myself wear smaller jewelry usually, but I do know people that like it bigger. So I am hoping that its just right Smiley
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5  Re: Tree pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: March 30, 2015 02:16:28 AM
Thanks everyone!!! Cheesy it is so nice to read all of that ^_^ it really makes my day.
To answer some of the questions that where asked:

-Is it sealed with anything?
They are sealed with an acrylic varnish. My future pendants are going to be slightly different. I want to use as much natural and non-toxic materials I can, so I am using line-seed oil now.
For a long time already I have been wearing a wooden pendant made by another artist, which was sealed that way. I shower with it, walk through the rain with it and so forth, but in the years that I had it, there was no problem whatsoever. So line-seed oil is amazing ^_^, it just get sucked into the wood, leaving no space for water to draw in. Then it hardens.
Line-seed oil is an ingredient of oil paint as well, it hardens the same way.
Anyway, a long story, but the next pendant is sealed with that Smiley

-What cord are you using?
With these ones I used cotton cord, sealed with some wax, but not the sticky type. I am still searching for a type of cord that looks like a leather cord, but is in fact cotton or wool. I prefer not using leather or for example silk, because I like it more when the materials did not involve animals being hurt. Smiley
So if there are any cool suggestions on nice thick cord, which is not plastic or leather or silk, I would love to hear about it Smiley

-You should use a watermark instead of the name as it is now
That does sound like a good idea! I have to learn though how to make a watermark. I will try to figure that out, thanks for the suggestion Smiley

I have a new pendant, made two weeks ago. The oil paint had to dry before I could take it and finish it. But here it is Tongue a cat should definitely be present in my collection of pendants Tongue I sooooo much love cats ^_^
So I made a ginger happy cat, which is probably a family member of the one I made for a christmas card:

If I was a writer I would make a children's book with these ginger cats, I would love breathing more life into the characters. But I am not a writer, so I will stick with making pictures of them ^_^

Its a crappy photo, sorry for that. If I can find time today I will try to make a new one.
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6  Re: ATC cats ^_^ in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Little owl on: March 09, 2015 02:57:30 AM
Thanks Kaz ^_^

I made a new one again, I guess I am in the miniatures flow Tongue

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7  Re: ATC cats ^_^ in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Little owl on: March 06, 2015 04:17:49 AM
Ok, (August) here is a mushroom one! Without a cat though.. lets say that this is seen from the ginger cats point of view. Tongue
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8  Recycled wine box in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Little owl on: February 16, 2015 04:34:04 AM

Hey there!
A while ago I came to the conclusion that we had a lot of old wine boxes in the garage, and that the wood looked kind of interesting. So I took one, destroyed it Sad, but then sanded all the wood smooth and silky ^_^, coated it with linseed oil (because it is a non-toxic way of sealing wood). I had the thought of painting a tree on the old wood, because  Cheesy, then at least people will remember what it used to be. I used oil paints and more linseed oil.

"The memory of wood" Smiley
What do you think? I did not paint a bark structure because I wanted the natural wood lines to stay visible.
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9  Re: Tree pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: November 20, 2014 11:22:09 PM
Thanks everyone  Cheesy
Ffrog, yes, I sealed it lightly with a spray varnish for gouaches. That type of varnish does not change the color of the wood so much. So I like it for that. It still gives a light gloss though.
Maybe in the future I will only varnish the painted part, to make sure the wood stays as beautiful as possible.
But this way is also ok I think.

I made a new one yesterday ^_^ this time with oil paints. I think oils are just so lovely on wood, so I decided to see if I could paint so small with it.  So here is the result ^_^ I love butterflies so maybe more will come. First I am going to make two for friends though. So that will take me a while (it took 4 hours to make this one Tongue)
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10  Tree pendant in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Little owl on: November 20, 2014 01:50:27 AM
Hey there,
I just finished a new pendant. I painted a tree on wood with gold and black paint (and white for snow). I used to do big paintings in this way, but stopped for some reason. Now I decided to start small, so that maybe I get the motivation to make a big one again. Sometimes making something small helps to get back into that creative flow Smiley
What do you think?
I am going to make another one today I think, maybe more branches as if it was seen from a bit further away.
I like the snow, so somehow I want to try to incorporate more snow in the air, without it starting to look too full.

Btw, I added my name on the picture, because I recently found out that there are a lot of things that I made on pinterest. But with someone elses name on it! I was a bit shocked. Often things are pinned from here as well, which is totally ok to me, but someone elses name on it goes to far for me.
So I started adding my name on pictures that I put on the internet.
Its not a link, just my real name. So I hope it is ok. But if it is not, please let me know!
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