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« on: December 01, 2006 02:03:51 PM »

I made these for a Secret Santa on another forum I belong to - the recipient rescued a greyhound a couple of years ago, and I made her some coasters as part of her package.  There are six of them, painted with permanent glass/ceramic paints onto a 4x4 tumbled stone tile, then baked, and with a coaster glued to the back, so that it does not scratch the table. 

I was very frustrated by this project - something happened to my paints and air bubbles kept forming, and during the baking, they would expand and enlarge.  The first time this happened, I sanded down the bubbled areas, and repainted, being very careful not to form too many bubbles.  Then I took a pin and pricked any bubbles I could still see after the 24 hour drying period, so that the air was released - and bubbles still blew up - ARGH!!!!!  I think this was a problem with the older, cheaper paints I had - did not seem to happen withe the Pebeo stuff - regardless, this ended up being tedious because of the bubbles and the layers of outlining, and colour.

This is a sample of it with just the outlining




Here are the 6 finished ones:







I drew the images on (used clipart I found for the pics) with pencil, and used a ceramic paint pen to do the outline, baked it, painted the colour in, baked it, then outlined again.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006 08:53:50 PM »

These are so amazing, i've never seen anything like them. You have real talent. Your partner was VERY lucky to have you.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2006 05:31:45 AM »

I'M REALLY NOT A BIG FAN OF GREYHOUNDS, BUT I LOOOVE THESE COASTERS.  SUCH A GREAT IDEA & A GREAT JOB!
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2006 05:34:18 AM »

those are great!
i especially love the first one - his expression is perfect.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2007 02:54:34 PM »

Very nice job!!  I love making coasters but am not as talented as you!
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2007 09:59:36 AM »

so cute! I love greyhounds!
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2007 05:24:21 PM »

I totally love these. My old boss and his wife rescued several greyhounds. If I had the patience (and painting skills) I would totally make them a set! Well done.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2007 10:34:52 AM »

These look really nice! I know this is an older post, but your work deserved compliment and greyhound adoption can always use a little more attention. (Yes, I am "owned" by a retired racer.) Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2007 06:35:24 AM »

These look really nice! I know this is an older post, but your work deserved compliment and greyhound adoption can always use a little more attention. (Yes, I am "owned" by a retired racer.) Smiley

Thank you.  I got an e-mail back from the recipient after she got them, and she loved them.  I meant for them to be coasters, but I think she decided to actually display them as ornaments as she liked them so much.

Unfortunately, this past summer, her greyhound became quite ill.  I am sad to say that he passed away from a rapidly progressing cancer at a young young age, just 10 days shy of 5.  I never met that dog, but she had wonderful pics and posts of him, and I felt like I knew him, and just thinking about it brings a tear to my eye.

The good news is that she published a book of his pics and a portion of the proceeds go towards a grey charity, and she just adopted a new hound.  She is a 9 year old female grey.
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2007 09:08:07 PM »

As a Mom of two retired racers, I have to say your coasters are lovely and a thoughtful gift.

Great job!
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