Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Worktable Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Finally got the small iris oval panel foiled, soldered, patina'd and waxed.  Also got all my little suncatchers waxed so I could hang them up!  They are the daffodils, tulips, shamrock and tiny little blue bird.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Here are some of my early pendants created in 2006.   Wire wrapped in the style I call a "Basic Cabochon Wrap".  As you can see I was already trying to get fancy with the wire wrapping.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Worktable Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On the stained glass workbench a small iris panel awaits to be foiled.  Then I can solder it, patina and clean it.

On my jewelry workbench the components for the necklace, Raven that I am working on.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Worktable Wednesday

Today I have stained glass tulips, daffodils and a shamrock on my worktable.  Time to start thinking of Spring.  I am making three daffodils in three different shades of yellow and three tulips in orange, purple and a pink and yellow variegated glass.  And when I start thinking about Spring I remember the lovely new crocus, tulip and daffodil bulbs I planted last fall.  I can hardly wait to see if they are as pretty as their pictures.

This week I have a cabinet door to repair, a lamp, two small suncatchers and a custom order for a Bend logo in neutral colors.  I am thinking of doing it in the traditional colors.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Falling Off The Wagon

A pair of earrings I made last year.  Fine and sterling silver.  Bezel set dichroic fused art glass cabochons in emerald green and cobalt blue with filigree accents.  Love how these came out.  Sold them at the local Saturday Market last summer.

I fell off the no-junk food wagon on Friday. I'll just have to climb back on.   Actually I think, that for me I did well.  I didn't expect perfection so I can forgive myself.  I'll do better and last longer the next go-around I believe.

I haven't done nearly as well on the soda as I would like.  and I probably won't until I've kicked the cold bug that is hanging out in my system.  I've been taking my Umcka.  To  me it seems as if it puts my cold on hold until I miss a dose or two.  So I suppose after Tuesday or Wednesday I'll let the cold take over so I can get it out of my system.  I have closing shifst as a checker Sunday, Monday and Wednesday this week.

I must admit I'd much rather spend the rest of my week cleaning out a dirty corner or two in my house, working on glass and jewelry instead.

I need to get back into jewelry making.  I miss it.  I just have to decide what my next project is going to be.   I am going to run an informal survey on my WillowWalkerDesigns Facebook page asking what jewelry item I should make next, earrings, pendant/necklace, ring or bracelet.  So please come vote on what I should make next!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Plotting Stained Glass Projects

Haven't had a lot of energy this past few days and until this cold bug is out of my system I probably won't.  So for now I am plotting some upcoming stained glass projects.   An iris oval is on the to-do list.  I have several tulip panels I'd like to make, but first I have to make the patterns.  

I have three tulips and three daffodils and a shamrock cut out.  The quail is soldered and now ready for patina & finishing.  I've put him with the rest.  Trying to convince my son to get the others foiled so I can get them soldered too.  

My goal is to fill up that large window I cleaned with a bunch of new suncatchers.  Tulips, daffodils, butterflies and hummingbirds.  Irises, crocuses and other flowers.  A small flock of baby quails.  A goofy snail and frog.   Some other birds, definitely a robin.  A parrot, cardinal and more.  I am sure I will think of more.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Some More Suncatchers

Four more pretties all soldered together.  When I went and pulled out the quail I has cut I discovered another large butterfly suncatcher in purple and two little hummingbirds.  The aqua colored butterfly needed a hook.  At this point I am trying to wait until I have more pieces done so I can patina and apply finishing compound, aka "wax" to them.  I'd rather trash one sponge and one piece of scrap material at one go than per item.  

These are waiting their turn to be foiled along with another large butterfly in yellow.  I started the orange butterfly years ago.  I had just enough of the orange glass I planned to use for the edges of the wings and when I had one break wrong on me.   I had to put it aside until I got more orange antique glass.  Which I did and never got around to finishing it and am now I am out of it again.  I used orange glue chip instead.