We had a great time at our second annual glass girls cabin retreat, each year we have a bunch of projects over the 4 days here is my favorite project, the yearly tie dye binge.
Flour sack kitchen towels.
I’m working on some metal and blown globe vessels. These are great for essential oils, a favorite perfume, tiny notes, ashes, sand or what ever tiny treasure you might want to wear. All the wire and copper is recycled material paired with a hand blown vessel created by yours truly. This one was blown out of a silver glass and that’s why it reflects the rainbow. Silver glass runs about $100.00 a pound so I’m thankful that these don’t take a lot of glass to make but it’s still more than the regular colors so these will be a tad bit higher priced. The silver glass vessels will be $50 and the regular glass ones will be $45. I’ve got plans for some other styles of wings incase these aren’t your thing. These will not be available for sale until the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show September 29th at the Marshal, MI fair grounds. I hope to see you there.
I’ve been working on something other than jewelry since my classes ended and I’m really getting excited about it because I feel like it’s finally coming together.
My bathroom has been in slow decline the past couple years but we had to remodel Dave’s bath before we could do mine. His was so bad I wouldn’t use his shower. They had been put off to send the boys to college and thankfully we are done with that.
Now on to the fun stuff. Every since I saw the most beautiful mosaic floor in a tiny powder room of a 100 year old home I have wanted to do a mosaic bathroom floor myself. I honestly almost decided not to do it because I just wasn’t sure I was brave enough! I bit the bullet and decided to dive on in. I decided that I really enjoy using other peoples junk and my local tile company has a back room full of left over tile from jobs just waiting for a home so I dug through them to find bits and pieces that would work to make mandalas. First I decided on a wall tile.
And I plan to use black grout and black tiles in the background of my mandalas. Here’s a photo of my inspiration for the floor.
I want mine to be much brighter than this but with the black background, here are the start to some of mine.
These are mini ones that only measure about 6 inches across.
This is one of the larger ones and it’s a foot across.
Here they are laying on top of the old bathroom tile. I figure I’ll need around 40 of them. When installed they will look like they are above and behind each other like the inspiration photo.
Here is a little peak at some of the goodies I have to work with.
I had an idea for a ring that was a little strange but I thought I would give it a go and push my skills. Well it pushed them so far that this ring isn’t sellable but I learned oh so much. The next one will be wonderful I’m sure. Soldering is something I’m finally getting a handle on and working with so many parts is hard to think through, I over heated this while putting the balls on and didn’t realize my bezel had come partially unsoldered until the Stone was set and it was all polished up.
Here are the Glamor shot for my Richard Salley bracelet. I couldn’t have done this without the Bezel setting class I’ve been taking at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Seven weeks ago I had never even set a bezel and this is a really big stone.
Richard is an amazing teacher and always builds such interesting mechanics into these pieces. This one is adjustable and has the tiniest of pins that allows you to change the size of it.
Sometimes I use my artsy fartsy crafty side to fix problems around the home and this is one I’m really happy with. I’ve always felt like we lived in a giant fish bowl but with the dog curtains and blinds would be messed up in a day so what to do, Pintress to the rescue. I purchased frosted window cling sheet and cut out all these hexagons using a hex quilting ruler. I actually put them up solid and decided after they were up what spaces needed to be removed. I then had a friend help me cut bees out with a silhouette cutter.
From the inside at night before the bees were applied.
Looking out during the he day.
Looking in at night.
I also did the back window at the top to tie it all together. I’ve got to touch up where the curtain rods were.
I’m half way through Lauren’s class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, I’ve never done any bezel work before this class and they are coming along nicely. I decided to set 10 oval or round stones for the first part of the 8 week class.
Here is the first step.
Here’s my crazy idea for a ring, not sure how it’s going to pan out.
This ring turned out amazingly no and that square band is oh so comfortable.
This is my favorite so far.
I’m taking a class at the Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts in Lino cutting and I’m loving it. I think I may have done one in art in high school but I haven’t done it again till now. Here are my cuts so far.
Here’s my first go at the Leno block cutting, I plan on printing on a shirt with this.
I cut this one for a friend, she plans on using it for her business logo.
I had to mirror this for the photo, it’s 8 inches across and is going on tote bags.
My last one for today is a tiny bee, he measures 2 inches tall. I plan to print flour sack towels for my kitchen.
I’ve been playing with electroforming after about ten years and I forgot just how much fun and unpredictable it is.
This beautiful crystal is topped with a purple druzy my friend Melissa gave me. It’s about 2.5 inches long and has a ton of amazing texture.
This tiny fairy door sets on a hand cut lapis door step. It measures 1.5 inches tall, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen red come up using liver of sulphur, that’s not a filter.
I love how this one turned out, it's topped by a very colorful crystal and measures 2.5 inches tall.
Mr Nome is all of an inch and a half tall and really woody looking.
With the help of my amazing friend Cara we figured out how to light my jewelry. These are treasures Dave picked up on Fort Lauderdale Beach, coke bottle glass and shell set on copper hung from a hinged neck wire.
This has a little hand made battery/light pack that slides in and out so you can change the battery. I have no idea what the battery life will be so tomorrow I plan on wearing it to see just how long it will stay lit.
The second cass I took in Tucson was a stamping class with Danny Wade and it was a very informative class. He showed how to work with difficult large stamps and we learned how to rock and lock a stamp instead of just depending on it making a perfect mark by hitting straight down.
I also got this amazing Navajo bracelet.
I went out to Tucson again this year and took another class from Richard. He always pushes my abilities to the max and this project was way beyond my comfort zone but I built the whole thing without melting anything and that was a first for me!