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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Problems with drilling a hole into glass (breaks after a couple of days) on: April 23, 2015 01:52:20 AM
I do not anneal in the way a person with a real kiln would, its not possible with a microwave kiln. But, I can definitely slow down the cooling process (and the heating process as well) by using a different wattage and a normal oven to put the piece in when it has started cooling.
Its not like the perfect annealing schedule, and I do not know if it will help, but I will find out soon enough.
Cooling the pieces down too fast does ring some bells, because I am a little impatient sometimes and open the mini kiln several times to see how it looks. Opening it, makes the cooling process go faster, its better to not open it at all and leave the heat in as long as possible.

And maybe I should just try to find a real kiln, if all of this does not work.

To answer your last question, I do take a lot of time for the drilling, and let the water go into the hole constantly. So I think that the drilling bit being too warm is not the problem.

Thanks for your tips! Smiley
2  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Problems with drilling a hole into glass (breaks after a couple of days) 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)
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fused glass and painted tree 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

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / painted pendant (wood and oils) 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)
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Fused glass and painted tree on: April 15, 2015 11:16:45 PM
Thanks! ^_^

I am working on new ones at the moment, striped ones made with glass stringers.
The fun bit is (well stringers are also fun Cheesy) that it was my birthday two days ago and I was given a proxxon micromot multitool, which is something like a dremel. I can now use diamond drills on glass! Hurray! I cannot wait to try it out. ^_^
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Fused glass and painted tree 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
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Recycled wine box on: March 30, 2015 02:18:33 AM
Wow, thanks everyone for the lovely comments ^_^ it motivates me to make more!
And thank you Craftster, for the feature as well Cheesy
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tree pendant 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.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC cats ^_^ 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

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATC cats ^_^ 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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