Friday, August 31, 2007

Screenprinting experiment continued

This is the clipart and the 'screen'

The halo around these pieces is due to the medium being to thin and seeping under the screen

This screen did very well
No seepage or blur The enamels have been set and now just require clear capping
All in all - nothing difficult to do with the right tools
No idea what I will ever use this technique for but it was fun to experiment with.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Saturdays experiment..........

Screenprinting - so far it has gone a lot easier than I had anticipated. I have had the materials forever but had heard so many times that is was difficult - so I never tried
Nice sunny day so I did all the exposing outside - that only took 5 minutes in the bright sun - rinsed the screens - mixed up a couple of different kinds of enamels and now they are in the mini kiln
A couple of hours and we shall see if its worth the efforts.

Friday, August 24, 2007

A favorite right now This one turned out a whole lot different than I had planned.....and better actually

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Another in Pink. You don't see a lot of people using too much pink glass as it sometimes comes out just a tad strange looking.....but I am into the pink right now.

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Still More!

Anyone who knows me also knows that I do not stay focused on one project for very long.....however I am still having a blast with these goddess pieces so here are a few more

Sunday, August 19, 2007


I am attending a class now and obviously did not pay attention to the word Solder!
Soldering is NOT a strong point of mine in any form. Took one class in soldering stained glass and thats all I needed to figure out that I just can't do it. It takes a steady hand and the lost art of actually paying attention - which I guess I have neither
Kudos to those that can!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cheap and Easy Light Box

After building and buying a couple of lightboxes - I had a brainfart and came up with this

This is made from a plastic drawer from one of those roll-around carts Drilled two holes in the top -made little wire hooks to hang fishline or a chain from - white paper (thinfire LOLOL) and it is easily transported outdoors when the light is right or in when its TOO HOT OUTSIDE (like everyday for weeks now!)

I plan on using a bigger clear storage container the same way for larger items

Thursday, August 16, 2007

24K Gold

These experiments are going well.....for what they are anyway. These castings I am pleased with - not so much for what they look like but for the way they are coming out of the mold without picking up any texture or kilnwash. Anyone that has tried glass casting knows that this is an exciting outcome. I want to thank my good friend in Georgia for sending me this 24K gold leaf (she is always sending me surprises and encourages me to experiment)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Well the two part molds failed miserably but I did have one small success tonite with the 'goddess experiment' I guess this would be considered two dimensional instead of the 3 dimensional that I was going for but for just throwing scrap in I am pleasantly pleased with what came out

I still am not giving up on the 3D experiment!

A couple more

i am getting slightly carried away

with these things

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Back to the original plan... Part 2

Got sidetracked there. I did cast a few in glass and did not like the flat backs on the pieces and the details just did not show up well with the glass I used. So back to the drawing board and created an actual 3D goddess (butts are harder to make than I first thought) anyway made two - two part plaster molds which are in the kiln now and I will start firing in the morning, figuring it will be an all day firing for proper annealing. Wish me luck that the molds hold!

Back to the original plan...

The goddess pieces. The original thought was to cast them in glass but after carving a few to make casting molds with I remembered how much I enjoy working with clay and really got sidetracked from my glass. Funny thing is I do not do jewelry, never had any interest in it and I totally have no talent for putting things together - none. I can think in three dimensions- making positives and negatives and how the whole casting process works but I cannot -as hard as I try- do anything with making jewelry. All the beads and beadcaps and headpins and thing-a-ma-bobs, gotta ton of it and all I can do is stare at it. For those that, I admire that talent and wonder how many people out there think it is easy to do because I know its a real art form.