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« 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...photographing 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! 

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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012 11:00:15 AM »

Wowza! That is an AMAZING guitar Cheesy That face is so magical looking.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012 11:16:39 AM »

This is by far one of the most amazing things I've seen on Craftster - just breathtaking and amazing and I want it!  Wonderful art piece - I would love to have this.  You are a genius artist.   Smiley

ps - Also, THIS ROCKS and I hit the button!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012 11:42:30 AM »

This is gorgeous. Congratulations on creating another great piece of art  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012 12:46:07 PM »

DoodleLou
Your guitar is gorgeous! The blues and yellows/golds are so perfect. the music notes on the sides must have taken a lot of time.

Glad you tried and liked the MAC glue. It is really the best I've used so far.
Rocked and Pinned! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012 02:42:56 PM »

Totally rocks! I especially like the music notes along the sides.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012 03:49:37 AM »

Been coming back to check it out, and have to say the attention to the details is wonderful.

Creating the face, the moon and the dots for the music notes, is time consuming. But so worth the effort. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012 09:29:37 AM »

Wow!  Thanks everyone for the compliments! ::blushes:: I really appreciate it.  Truly.

fiddlegirl8: In the many years that I've been crafting and creating to actually be called an "artist" is really something special for me.  This piece makes me feel like I have really earned that moniker.   Wink  Thanks for saying it!

HSG:  And thank you for noting the attention to detail.  That's what I focused on.  It's the little things like that really can make a piece shine! (That and I'm as anal as all get out! I just gotta make sure that it's as perfect as I can get it...and still keep my sanity! LOL!)

Speaking of shining....So.  One major lesson I learned with this mosaic?  Yeah.  Don't EVER use textured glass with mosaics.  Tongue Unless you're a glutton for punishment and enjoy spending hours and hours with a dental pick scrapping grout out of the waves and ripples of said textured glass.  Yikes.  Literally 10+ hours of just detailed cleaning.  With a pick. Two days worth of time.  *sigh* 

But in the end the textured glass did really added some oomph to the piece.  Cool

Thanks again everyone!  I'm pretty proud of this piece and think it turned out pretty darn good.  It's good to know that others agree!

Happy Glassing to you all!
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012 10:19:42 AM »

I am a firm believer that yu can't force art. this is strikingly beautiful and I can feel the love.
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012 07:35:54 PM »

This is amazing!!
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2012 08:05:21 PM »

So beautiful and bright, so nice of you to share. Can't imagine the time put into that. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2012 05:52:43 PM »

I can't even being to tell you how beautiful this piece is. It is completely fantastic. Thank you for sharing with the craftsters. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2012 05:14:52 AM »

Just beautiful!!  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2012 12:31:49 PM »

Thanks everyone for the kind words for my project!  I'm so honored that you appreciate it and the work that went into it!   Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2012 01:52:27 PM »

Just found out that my guitar just won an online design contest from "Slumpy's".  Slumpy's is a glass mold company.  It's the place where I got the mold to make the facemask from!  I won $250 in Slumpy "bucks" for anything my little heart desires from their company! 

I'm so excited that I just can't wipe the smile off my face!  Whoooo-hoooo!  Happy dance, happy dance, happy dance!
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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2012 02:04:17 PM »

That is all kinds of awesome~! Congratulations!  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2012 12:38:50 PM »

Wow! Its so beautiful   Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2012 02:30:12 PM »

This is fantastic! never have I seen one that was this great!  Nice work!  Do more!
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« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2012 09:14:51 PM »

Really nice work!  I'm not surprised you won the contest.  Congrats!
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« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2012 12:39:25 AM »

This is very cool. I love the way the face makes it pop and how it gives a more 3 dimensional look. Great work! Congrats for the win on the contest!
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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2012 02:00:24 AM »

This is an amazing piece! I want to start getting into making mosaics but I was just plannin gon usung pre-made galss pieces lol! I can't believe you actually made that face yourself! Amazing work! The colors and design are perfect! Clearly all your hours of work are apparent and well worth spending! Awesome job!
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« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2012 07:46:34 AM »

Awesome. I love what you have done here. Still want to make one myself. Have to first look for an old guitar that some can donate...lol
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