Friday, January 11, 2013

Four Glass Paperweights and Seven Lampwork Cabochons

Blue Moon Frit Glass Paperweight
The Sun decided to peek out of it's cloud covering yesterday and warm us up with it's presence. I took full advantage of it and played in the studio all afternoon. I am sooo addicted to making Paperweights! I made four new Paperweights yesterday and seven small cabochons. I can't wait to go open the kiln and see what they look like.

That is always the mystery of glass. I never know what I have made until it is annealed, cooled down and out of the kiln. When your working with the glass in it's molten state all you see is red hot, not color. Sometimes I have Treasures, sometimes duds. So.. In the Light of each New Morning I look for treasures made from Glass....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Infinity Rim Marble Mold

I am working out some of the bugs both in my work space and in my hand coordination today after several months off the torch. One of the best exercise is to make some new cabs. They are such a great way to have fun and be productive at the same time. I Love making these little mini worlds.

Back in Oct, just before I shut the studio down, I ordered a new Toy. I had been working on Paperweights and found that I am absolutely addicted to making them. This lead me to Marbles. I started watching some cool videos on You tube.. like check out this one by Travis Weber...... Ok.. I have years to go before I'm  able to understand that one.. Here's another.. by Box Fan it's a How To.. Love his set up!! Who wouldn't right?

This lead me to searching for the best Marble Molds... I posted this as a question on Lampworketc and this is what I found...

Multi-Hole Infinity Rim Mold
It comes with five holes and is designed to make any size marble between approximately 3/8 inches and 1-1/2 inches.   The four smaller holes are in the front of the paddle and the larger fifth hole is in the center of the back.

Multi-Hole Infinity Rim Mold
 Here's a bit of a close up. The handle is made from Titanium and it has a counter weight on the back side to help keep it balanced. Check out this link.. Drew Fritts.. to learn more about their many molds.

Yesterday was my first time trying it out.. I used the mold to round out the tops and sides of my cabochons .. well.. the last few of the day... Here's a pic of the ones I made..

 Not sure where this journey is taking me.. but I'm going to have a lot of fun on the way!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Magazine Tutorial

The Flow Magazine arrived today in my mail box.. Yeah!!!.. I have been waiting since September to see if my tutorial, “Swimmer” made it in the issue or not.. it did not.. Mmm.. Ya.. I’ll admit when I thumbed through the magazine and didn't see my tutorial,, I was bummed. But.. what a great experience it was learning how to create a PDF with Pics.. Honestly before Leah asked me to do it I never even considered submitting one .. What do I know about creating tutorials? It was a laborious process, Making the sculpture and photographing each step along the way, sometimes re-shooting several times, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment and pride when I was finished. It was weeks of time well spent. And the Swimmer.. She turned out gorgeous.. Leah made the process easy by editing my steps for me, correcting my grammar and run on sentences, which I am famous for doing.. I write like I talk..

On the Bright side.. my sculpture, “Melt Down on a Daisy of a Day” did make it into the gallery pages.. Woo Hoo..

I made this Organic Flower Sculpture in 2010. It was part of a new series for me and it started a whole new way of design for me. More exploration into botanical, earthy, pieces with vines and branches and weaved glass bowls.

It is part of my personal collection, I couldn't possibly ever part with it.

You know,, at times like these I think about Thomas Edison..  He said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward."
Love it!! As long as we keep trying for something and moving forward we will be successful!!

I’m still trying to find out if the submission I made could show up in a future issue or if it is a one time shot.. If one time I will share more pics and a bit about the process here on my Blog …

In the meantime go check out all of the lovely glass ladies in this issue of the Flow Magazine, Winter edition/2012. It's all about Women In Glass. Check out the Amazing Sculpture by Jennifer Umphress on the cover!! That is Incredible.

There are also several Glass Artist from Etsy in the Gallery Pages.

 Laurie Ament
Judy Askins
Beth Knapp-Turner

...And Many others