Sunday, March 28, 2010

Plum Blossom - First Signs of Spring

This is one of two plum trees in our backyard. I hope we do not have a late freeze this year -- last year it froze the blossoms and no fruit that year.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Working the Kiln for some New Earrings

I'm working to build up some inventory for an art festival in May - "Art and Soul of Tulsa" in the Brady Arts district by the Local Art Matters people (more details on that later).

On these earrings, I measure and carve the glass in equal sizes for each pair, then place a pure silver wire in between the two layers of glass. After it is fused then the ear wires attach to that loop. In this method there is no need for special glass epoxy. This is also a special glass that does not burn off the dichroic layer with the heat of the silver wire.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Upcycled Wine Bottles and Wine Glass Charms

We've recycled our glass bottles for years, but now since I have the kiln, I can now UPcycle! I now have a couple of special molds that you melt or slump the bottles in. The kiln heats up to over 1400 degrees and then slowly cools. The mold makes a handle of the neck - they are actually a good size for a cheese tray. I thought I would make some wine charm sets to go with. Complete party set - a fun thing to make! I have put a few sets for sale online here.


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