Friday, September 25, 2015

Fused Glass Art And Jewelry

 Been awhile since I have updated the blog with fused glass art and jewelry. We formed our own company, Appalachian Warm Glass LLC. The plaid plate is about seven inches square.
  A copper dragonfly on blue aventurine glass with a hematite bail would make a lovely pendant.
 My husband, Ray is the other glass artist in our family company. About 40 years ago, he started creating in stained glass. After retirement, he began creating in fused glass. All of his designs are originally created by him.
            New earrings for fall which are longer and use dichroic glass with sterling silver earwires.

 Ray has created four different Celtic crosses in fused glass. This is the most intricate of the four.

 I began creating these abstract pieces using a lot of scrap glass and a dichroic glass  for a focal point. The glass used is transparent and can be placed in a window so that the sun shines through. This piece is next to white paper.
 Copper birds on limbs that I have cut out of copper foil. This is the same bird on two different pieces                                                                        of glass. ~

Friday, September 11, 2015

Signs of Autumn: Weaving of Webs ~
 Early this September morning as the sun began to shine on the mountains, I noticed the abundance of spider webs with drops of rain and dew. The pencil stick cactus with a bit of an intricate web.
 The cypress and the upper deck had bits of web strung everywhere. Earlier in the week, I saw a very large garden spider with colors similar to the cypress.
 The asters are beginning to open. These beauties are over six feet tall. They spread easily creating a wonderful abundance of autumn blossoms.
                                                  One of many webs spun in the grass.
 Due to a injury from gardening early in the summer, I didn't do a lot of weeding around the woods. The golden rod is quite lovely this year and even they have a few strands of gossamer.

                                These two photos are from webs in the grass. As the sun has
                     climbed much higher into the sky, these webs seem to be lost in the grass.
A hint of autumn and lots more to come.

Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Make Faery Jars

 With summer coming on and school being out, I wanted to share how to create faery jars and make your own jewelry. It all started with Eden, a sixth grader and my art student coming into the studio wearing a necklace with a small jar and a key charm. Before she left, she had made another necklace for herself and added a key charm.
I like glitter and this craft is based on glitter. As you can see the collage piece above not just another day is coated in white glitter.I have found that folks either like glitter or don't.
 What I used to create the faery jar jewelry: a Martha Stewart glitter tray and a very small funnel. The funnel is very important to getting the glitter into the jars. I found the funnel is a package of glitter at Walmart.
 I used Martha Stewart  superfine glitter which I found at Michaels and online. The second container is a container or small stars. Use what you have or what you like. I have even used food coloring to color sand..
 The large glass jar is a Darice Jewelry Designer glass bottle charm with a rubber lid which came from a local craft store no longer in business. The two small glass bottles with stoppers came from SkyBluePink. Most craft stores have tiny jars and some even have jars with tiny eye screws in them.
 I filled the glass jar using the funnel. If the glitter gets stuck, gently use a toothpick to glide it into the container. I used the small stars and the sugar plum glitter. For the earrings, I used gold jump rings to attach the gold ear wires to the bottles. For the necklace, I used a satin cord with a lobster clasp. If you do not have pierced ears, you could  turn the small faery jars into charms and put them on a bracelet. ~

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daffodils and Narcissus Blomming ~
 Happy Spring to all of you! I took a stroll around the yard this afternoon with the camera. These are just some of the daffodils and narcissus blooming. The sun has been coming out and going in most of the day. You'll notice some raindrops on the petals.
 Thankful the deer, rabbit, and critters that live in the ground do not eat the bulbs. They have been taken to some interesting places. One year I found a bulb with a bite taken out of it. Suspect that critter got a nasty stomach ache.
 Of all the flowers, I have none of the very old with the tiny cups from our previous home.

                                                         Isn't this a pretty ruffle of flowers?

                                        These beauties line the front of the house from one end to the other.
                                          More are still tightly in their buds. The joy of spring in the mountains....