I am still working on the new boro floral pendants. Yesterday I made five pendants with small [very tiny] white roses. The clear blanks I am using limit my abilities so I am trying to meet the challenge. It is easy to put one flower and leaf on the pendant. The challenge is to size it right but also to keep the depth of the flower while making it also wearable. Unlike some artists, my flowers are thin making them more fragile. This has always been a challenge in all of my work with glass.
Today, I would like to talk about 'caring' for your torch. I bought my GTT Lynx in 2003 and when I first had it I cleaned out the ports every month like clockwork, then I became less diligent. I recently cleaned them out realizing that I was not using the center knob which is important on a GTT. You just need to turn it on a bit but it helps keep the buildup down. With the new pendants, I am using the center knob for a fine point flame almost constantly. I am back to cleaning it regularly though I must admit I need a magnifying glass to find them but caring for your torch is important.
I work on a generator which I have had for quite a while [almost as long as my torch] and in the back is a little filter. It gets changed out every month as well. When I ordered new filters, I ordered a box of them so I always have a new one to put in while the one I took out soaks and dries. My kiln is my newest piece of equipment. I pulled out my McKinney kiln about a year after switching only to find out that it wouldn't work. I guess sitting was not a good thing. I will probably recycle it but so far it sits in my studio. It was a great kiln that lasted a long time with only a couple of changes of elements. Having a digital controller is luxurious.
Today is a grocery shopping day. We celebrated our 7th Anniversary yesterday by dining at the Farm & Table restaurant. I can't give this restaurant enough stars for the food was fresh and delicious. I love being married to Lewis for many reasons but mostly because he inspires me, encourages me and makes me laugh every day. I hope you have a wonderful day and that something unexpected makes you smile. Life is too short to worry about the little things and too short not to express yourself in art.
Torch with a heart. barb
Boro pink roses
Tiny White Rose pendant
Yellow Rose Pendant
Boro White Blossoms
Boro Yellow Hibiscus Pendant
Boro Cherry Blossom Limb
Boro Pink Hibiscus Flower
This is the 3rd Violin that I have turned into a piece of art.
This Violin was appraised at $300-$400 value and a date around 1910 - 1940.
Because it was in such beautiful shape, I decided to keep the glass flowers and leaves
in the body of the violin leaving the rest untouched.
I started by making white and yellow Old English Roses and then added
Purple Clematis for a punch of color. After than I made wildflowers
in pinks, blues, purple and red.
I have always displayed the violins on violin stands that I get at the Guitar Store
but I think I want to design my own stands much like a cookbook
holder where the violin can lay on its side at an angle.
I love the colors in this piece and the wildness of the flowers.
Wildflower Violin Closeup
Building Art out of Trash
The banjo was found at the weekend swap meet at the Fairgrounds
and was purchased for $10
It was missing the pegs, the bars that hold the strings up
3 of the pegs that hold the head on.
The head was old and stained, ripped in a few places.
I cut the edge off the head and painted it with magnolias and leaves
attaching it to the back of the banjo.
The glass magnolias and leaves were made on steel wires
which were painted with enamel paint, interweaved
and inserted in numerous holes drilled in the support bar.
The glass was cut to fit the top because the banjo
was 10-1/2 inches and I couldn't find a clear one in that size.
I painted the bottom of the glass with more flowers
giving the banjo 3 layers of flowers.
The clear glass on the face of the banjo
has been painted with magnolias and leaves on the bottom
Wildflowers growing up both sides
and Morning Glories at the top.
This gives 4 layers to the banjo. The back is painted.
the sculpture glass magnolias and leaves
are wired above the back painting.
The glass front is painted on both sides of the glass.
I still have to deal with the issue
of the missing hooks but I did find pegs for the top.
There is still a lot to do to it
but it is a very indepth piece for an old Southern
Red Hibiscus March2017
Ice Blue Flowers March2017
MIXED MEDIUM ART
When I am working on a mixed medium sculpture, I use soft glass making my leaves, flowers and buds on steel wires. This is the first time that I have used very long wires [6 to 8 inches] which allows me to intertwine them easier and stronger.
This project is using one of the used student violins that I found at an antique/thrift store this weekend. These English Roses are made with moretti 104 and Bullseye 90 glass [not mixed]. I don't particularly like the 'green' palette of 104 so all of the leaves are Bullseye. The flowers and buds are mostly #262 Moretti and a few in Bullseye pink.
When I form a flower or leaf, I intentionally make them in motion. I do not do flat symetrical flowers, I am an impressionist artist. I want the colors and the forms to create the image with each person who views it. I want the impression to be as varied as possible giving everyone the opportunity to appreciate the delicateness of glass flowers.
Leaves, Flowers and buds
Flowers being Bundled
Violin with Flowers
Murial in Bathroom
Murial in Bathroom
Murial in Bathroom
Yellow Hibiscus Listed on Ebay
Boro Wildflower Sculpture 2015
Boro Lily of the Valley
Pink Boro Flower
Top View Boro Arrangment
Pink Boro Flower Sideview
Sweet Blue Glass Flowers
Monet Pink Floral Spray
Barbara Svetlick - River of Glass Studio @ 2007
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