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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Stained Glass Iron Man on: September 22, 2017 08:02:54 AM
wow this is incredible, I am looking into stained glass classes. I got a bit confused, I assume it is made with lead came?

Thank you! (and thank you to everyone else too, for making me a featured project!)

No lead came. Each piece is edged in copper foil, then soldered together with a 50/50 lead/tin solder, then burnished with a liquid patina. Since it's on the bigger side, I went with mounting it in a wooden frame with caulking, rather than a zinc or lead frame.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Fortune Cookie Happy Book on: September 16, 2017 10:09:51 PM
I've been collecting fortunes from fortune cookies nearly my entire post-pubescent life, with the plan to "do something" with them someday (lol). I had a whole box full of them, and liked to periodically draw one out and let it be a fun thing the think about during my day. Well, I finally did something with them!

Behold, my Happy Book! I decorated all the pages of a hardback art-quality Moleskine with origami paper, washi tape, and doodles, then added my fortunes. I tried to arrange them thematically when possible, in groupings about love, friendship, travel, work, etc, then I glued a coin to the cover. I love it! It's like a big book of happy, and so many of the fortunes are like little positive mantras that can be meditated on, so I can literally just pick a spot, point, and smile (I hope the pics are big enough to read them). I was sure to leave plenty of room for future fortunes!

3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Stained Glass Iron Man on: September 12, 2017 03:13:30 PM
Really amazing job!  I've tended towards doing that when I learn something new: make something complicated. Sometimes it comes out amazing, and sometimes it flops. You have to love the times when it comes out amazing, though!

Did you start with a pattern, or do you have mad design skills too?  Wonderful job done, regardless!

I'm totally the same way, and thanks! I used references from comics, and free-handed the pattern. It started at 108 pieces, but some of them were too long, too curved, had a weak corner, etc. that my instructor helped me edit and turn into smaller pieces, which took it up to 147 pieces. Here is my original pattern, before modifications or the addition of the background:

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Stained Glass Iron Man on: September 12, 2017 03:00:58 PM
That's amazing!
And it's only your second stained glass project?
You've got some serious talent.

Haha, thank you! My glass instructor gave me a serious side-eye when I came in with my pattern, all idealistic and eager. I'm glad it didn't flop; there were a few times when I broke so many pieces trying to get a specific curve right that I was ready to just sweep the whole thing into the garbage. I've got a whole box of casualties waiting to be turned into another project, lol.
5  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Stained Glass Iron Man on: September 12, 2017 02:58:09 PM
This must have taken a lot of planning!  How much time did you put into this?  Did you make it for yourself, or a lucky recipient?  And, what is the final project going to be, a suncatcher?  A lightbox display?  I am full of questions!

Oh man, where to begin counting the hours. I had 9 hours of supervised instruction time at the glass shop spread over three weeks, then I did a lottttt of homework on my own. I worked on it at least 3-5 hours a night, maybe 4 nights a week for 3 weeks. I definitely made it for myself! We just moved, but we're almost settled in and once we are, this will be hung in our bay window for everyone to observe and admire. Smiley Ask all the questions you want!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Stained Glass Iron Man on: September 12, 2017 11:51:03 AM
I'm so excited about this project! I took a stained glass class about a month ago (this was about a month before we moved across the country, so yeah, perfect timing), and this is only my second project ever! It's 20"x24", and made of 147 pieces. I had so much fun picking different patterns and textures of red glass, and I love the blue of his halo and arc reactor. I definitely see a lot more stained glass projects in my future!

Here it is with just the copper. I kind of liked how bright it was in this stage, it was neat to see all the little pieces standing out.

And here it is in the initial pattern and cutting stage. About halfway through the helmet, I was like jfc, what did I get myself into!

Bonus: Here is my first project, 7 pieces and about 12" wide. Go big or go home on the second project, I guess!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Amethyst Mala on: March 03, 2017 03:47:28 PM
This is a string of Mala beads! It's 108 amethyst 8mm beads, each hand knotted on silk with a rose quartz guru bead and chevron amethyst point. And let me tell you, I was playing chicken with the thread. I had a literal half-inch left when I finished, and had to tie it off with needle nose pliers. I was seething as I finished, 110% certain that I'd have to cut every.single.knot and start over, but I made it to the finish line!

Look at all this thread I had left over!

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Venus Kusudama Ball on: December 24, 2016 12:45:53 PM
Thank you! Right now it's hanging on my tree, but when it's not on the tree, it has a special place hanging from a hook at the center of the fireplace mantel. I don't want to hide this one in a box for 11 months out of the year!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Venus Kusudama Ball on: December 11, 2016 03:42:17 PM
I finished my first origami Venus Kusudama ball! Omg it took me foreverrrrr. It's 36 individual flowers sewn together, with gold glass beads, a 3D bead ball that I made, and a little paper crane. There's a teal Swarovski crystal at the center of each flower, and holographic glitter nail polish around the edges of each flower. The thread is teal with silver foil woven into it, so it sparkles, too. The ball is about 3" across. If I have the patience, I'm going to try to make a cactus one next!

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Watercolor and Gold Leaf on: December 11, 2016 03:35:11 PM
At it again with the gold leaf! I'm just smitten by the way the payne's grey contrasts with the gold. This one is on the smaller side, 5.5 x 8.5". It's hard to tell, but a lot of her freckles are gold leaf, too.

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