Saturday, March 7, 2015

Autumn Wind

I bought this little 4" x 4" wooden bowl at a local thrift store with plans to adorn it with mosaic....I did this instead.

The little orange house is a cool raku bead, and the peaceful faced sun is carved in bone.  I carved out little niches in the bowl for these two pieces to sit in. 

Then I surrounded the house with greenery of little glass pebbles, and trimmed the sun face with triangular micro mosaic tiles with little golden seed beads to finish the glow.

For the tree I twisted four small lengths of wire together and formed the limbs to bend with the wind.  Lastly I added square micro tiles as leaves blowing in the autumn wind... 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pressed Glass Medallion Sun Catchers

I found these cool pressed glass medallions that are made in Germany and had to have them.  As usual, I had no idea what I would do with them when I bought them.  My inspiration ended up being a metal trellis that I saw in someones front yard.

I chose small glass cabochons as accents,
and cut a length of wire for each medallion.

Then I gently shaped the wire around the medallions and cabochons.

I wrapped each medallion and cab edge in a strip of copper foil,and soldered them in place.


These were commission pieces for a customer who gives them as gifts in colors that match the recipients decor color scheme.  Cool idea!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Celestial Skies

Stained Glass Panels

This is a popular commission piece. when seen by someone on line they want one too!

Although the design is the same, the colors and varying textures
make each panel unique.

This is one of many moon inspired pieces.

Here's where it starts, with patterns on glass...

Monday, July 1, 2013

Belt Buckles...My Newest Obsession's been awhile since I talked about having a wild hair.  Some of my best stuff has been the result of said hair!  My wild hair projects are usually an excursion....this   one seems to have become an obession... 

This was the first bunch.  I started with flowers made from turquoise and red glass beads filled in with textured white stained glass. can see what came after.

This was the second bunch.  I was trying to cover a wide range of'd I do?

Here's the third bunch....right....I can't make two alike.  I will have to force myself to make more Colorado flags and Marijuana leaves.  My friend Viv says "Give the people what they want!"
My big departure here was my first try with epoxy instead of grout...

I used Italian millefiori in varying sizes along with some mottled stained glass,  finishing off with a cool pewter button.  And then...epoxy.  I think I may have a winner...I hope so anyway.
My next endeaver is a beaded buckle.  It's way more time consuming placing many of the beads one by one with a pair of tweezers.  I'll add it here when it's done!  
Thanks for stopping by...I hope you enjoyed it.  If you are interested in buying a buckle just let me know.  I have some in a shop locally, but the others I can sell to you directly, or I can make one just for you!.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

More Layered Glass

If you liked The Love Tree in my previous post, then you may like these trees as well!
They are part of my new endeavor with stained glass wall art.
The Mariner's Tree
The Dew Drop Tree
The Love Tree
They are for sale at a The Funky Caravan in Old Colorado City, but I plan on doing some similar pieces to put in my etsy shop...New Moon Glass

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Layered Glass Project

The Love Tree

For me, the creative process is just that.  I seldom have a vision of the finished piece at the start. 
 Something inspires me and so I begin, but I'm not sure what I'll have at the end, not until I've finished!
My inspiration to begin this project is the mottled turquoise colored glass framing the tree.
 I just know I want it around something.
  I decide to fill it in with a sort of abstract blue sky/sunset...(artistic liscense)...and grass.
Then I decide what the actual subject or focal point might be. I decide on a tree...
bare like in the winter.
Hmmm...seems lacking.
 I'll add some frosty white beads, like buds on the branches...(more artistic liscense since trees
obviously don't have buds when they're bare in the winter.)
Now I dont like the look where the trunk and the branches come together...
I'll cover it with something.
  I have alot of cool buttons....I'll go with the Celtic heart...AHA...
The Love Tree!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sun and Moon

My friend and neighbor, Rita, takes care of things at our house whenever we are out of town.
I give her money and stained glass in return, though she would do it for nothing at all.
We were chatting in my "glass room" one day and she saw two glass medallions on my workbench.
A blue crescent moon and a dark orangy red sun.
We were discussing what I could make for her as she was going to be taking care of our house and pets while we went camping.   She said she would like both of these medallions incorporated into a suncatcher.  I asked "Each in a seperate suncatcher?"  She said no, both in the same suncatcher.
So this is the end result. 
 Had Rita not requested the sun AND the moon, I never would have thought to do it on my own!  Pretty cool...   


Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Stars

Stained Glass Stars For Christmas

I's already New Year's Eve.  But hey, I'm a Fed Ex courier.  I'm still recovering from Christmas...

Merry Christmas...after the fact...and happy New Year!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Garden For Your Window

Stained Glass Flower Suncatchers

I can't throw away perfectly good bits of glass left over after a project.  So I use it for hodge podge projects such as these flowers.

I love all the different colors and textures!
The shape of each left over piece determines what the flowers will look like.  I only grind off the sharp edges.

Sometimes I leave them hanging by themselves, sometimes I put them in a ring...round or heart shaped.

These are not flowers fashioned after reality, but after an imaginary garden of unique and one of a kind specimens!

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Yule Log
Mixed Media Sculpture
    So I was walking round the thrift store one day, looking for nothing in particular. I'll know it when I see it....I find a small log, that's right a log.  It's about 13 inches long and 4 inches in diameter.  It's been varnished and has two holes drilled in it, the right size for tapered candles.  The wax confirms that someone made and used this for a candle holder.  I have no idea what I will use it for, but it appeals to me so I buy  it. 
   When Mike spies it on my shelf he asks "What's with the yule log?"  It sits on the shelf in my glass room for quite some time..a couple of years perhaps.Then I go through a sort of phase making little trees out of wire and beads.  Hmmm...I'll just put a tree in each of the holes in the yule log!

I make the trees by twisting wire together and adding beads as surrogate leaves.

Then I put little rockes around the base of the trees...
And eventually I add seed beads to indentaions in the log and around two knots.   My son likes it,  so it's his.