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.   

Thursday, January 8, 2015

TBT Early Bracelets & Bangles

Early pieces, created in 2006 and 2007.  I think I only sold one, maybe two of the bangles. The bangles were a dud design.  The blue oval one sports the blue cabochon that I used in my first soldered ring.  The link bracelets did much better.  They all sold.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blue and Purple Butterfly Fixed

Large blue and purple butterfly suncatcher.  I made this pretty a year or two ago.  The body piece was recently broken.  Yesterday I removed the broken piece and replaced it.  One of the nice things about repairing something I have a re-usable pattern for. Here it is hanging in that window I threatened to clean and did!

This is a pattern we have had and used for years. It is still popular 30+ years later.  I am not sure but I believe this pattern came from one of the  books published in the 70's. I think it came out of one the first books my parents purchased.  As I become more familiar with mom's book hoard I will learn more.  This pattern is my mom's variation or the original.  Not sure how much different.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Traditional Design or a Compass Rose Design
My newest stained glass piece.  A traditional or compass rose design in deep aqua, sky blue and violet.   Twelve inches across.

Another aspect of taking care of my personal environment.  I need to fill my stained glass shop back up with pretty stained glass pieces.  I can't attract business or make any money with the same tired pieces hanging in my windows.

Today I think I'll clean the window all the littler  suncatchers are hanging in.  Meanwhile I'll be thinking about what I need to make so I can fill it back up.

Hmmm, I believe I need flowers, birds, butterflies for starters.  Maybe a frog and a few insects too.