Wednesday, December 30, 2015

End of the Year & A Give A Way ~
 This early winter weather has brought many surprises into the yard. This seedling which can grow as tall as six feet with a beautiful flower is growing amid the stones near the front of the house. If you know the name of this flower which also gives lots of seeds to the birds, just reply to this post or if you are reading this on facebook, make a comment. I will be giving away either a glass plate or a pair of earrings.
 The greenhouse although small is home to several geraniums. These I picked right before Christmas along with the lemon balm. The red flowers continue to bloom when there is little red color outside.
 Planted several years ago, these  snowdrops are blooming. The new double snowdrops are up and their leaves are showing. No blooms yet!
 While the sun shone through the studio windows the prisms danced with rainbows. A faery charm from Green Girl studios dangles from a gemstone necklace. This is my favorite necklace I made during 2015.
From turquoise and chrysolla the charms dangles with a faery on the front and a star quote on the reverse.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Crackled Black Agate with a little of this and a little of that ~
 These jewelry components had been sitting on the bead board waiting for creative inspiration. Maybe it was the Open Studio or maybe it was the muse, Sunday I finally finished this necklace. It is cracked black agate stones.

I found some Tim Holtz metal tags long ago. This one which reads encourage your hopes not your fears I used for this necklace. It is strung with beading wire and then I added copper metal bead caps, copper jump rings, copper crimp beads, copper crimp bead covers, and a copper clasp.

I collected Susan Lenart Kazmer Industrial Chic charms for their artistic flair. Love her work! I added a glass lily of the valley charm to the SLK charm.

I used two sizes of crackled black agate for this necklace. Agate according to The Book of Stones is a stone of stabilizing and strengthening.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How to Make A Glitter Glass Ornament ~
 You will need glass ornaments. I had several boxes left from teaching art classes. I cleaned each ornament with a mixture of one tablespoon vinegar to one cup of warm water. I found this mixture works for every two ornaments. Swirl it around and then pour into the sink. Pour water into each glass ornament after using the vinegar mixture. I turned the ornaments upside down and let them dry overnight. This is a clean and dry ornament without the hanger  resting on a glitter tray.
 I have been cleaning out art supplies lately and found this Glitter It with a date of 2011 from Hobby Lobby. You can also use future floor cleaner. Pour enough into the glass ornament to coat the entire surface and swirl. Swirl is very important.
 I used my glitter funnel which is in this photo positioning it into the glass ball with the glitter-it in the ball. Gotta do this pretty quickly.
 Add the glitter, about a teaspoon. I simply poured Martha Stewart  garnet glitter into the glass ball.
                                 A photo of the red glitter glass ornament after it has been swirled.
                                                            A turquoise blue ornament
 If one kind of glitter glistens, why not use three of the same color? This ornament uses green, limeade, and a mystery Martha Stewart green glitter.
         Copper is a color I like and enjoy in art journaling.  This maybe my favorite!

Florentine gold really sparkles! Over the years, I have found that people either like glitter or they don't. Martha Stewart glitter is a super fine very nice glitter. Any glitter will work in the glass ornaments. After you swirl the glitter around, empty out the ornament. Put the hanger back on the ornament and enjoy!

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. ~