What is everyone working on?

Mesilla Park, NM

This is the mid section for the windows, there will be 10 of them throughout the house. They will be 5 feet tall and 11 inches wide. I ordered enough Zinc for all 10 of them but it was back ordered since November so, It is not here yet. They will be made with the copper foil and zinc around the frame, then put over the glass in the long windows (they don't open) so I'll probably secure them with small screws, not sure yet.

This is the mid section panel, it is hard to see the colors. The top and bottom sections are petals.

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Phoenix, AZ

That is going to be amazing!

Mesilla Park, NM

Thank you, I'm so slow, maybe this summer things will be done... I got a tracking number for the Zinc yesterday, so there is HOPE!

Victoria Harbour, ON

I'm embarassed to say I've a window panel about 90% finished going on 2 years sitting on a table waiting for me to get creative..not sure why but the piece just ins't calling me!

That's quite the undertaking Gourd, look forward to seeing you progress!

western sydney nsw, Australia

Here is my little project I started to day a double pot to plant succulents in.
elaine.

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Victoria Harbour, ON

Talk about a lot of work..love the colors...

Mesilla Park, NM

That is a really nice pot combo, the succulents will look great in them.

Betty, thank you, you will not believe this, but, I've started teaching a beginner's stained glass... I can't believe it myself.. I think we are having so much fun that I get so excited and want to teach the ladies everything I can think of all at one time. (before I forget)..lol Also, I don't know if this particular center will continue with classes again after this one, but, if not, we still have mosaic there. But, if it had not been for you encouraging us in your spoon thread, I would not have gotten the bug. Also, before this semester is over, I will teach everyone to recycle silverware..lol, THANK YOU!!!! And, I'll mention your name, I just said a friend from Canada taught me. See what you did?

Hey there fish_knees, thank you and I hope all is well with you all.

western sydney nsw, Australia

I just finished the pot I can now see I have to start to make smaller peices of tile ------elaine.

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Tipton, IA

Gourd,

Zinc I don't think there is any shortage of it to be waiting since November for it. I would check into that more or find a different company to buy it from.

The project you're working on looks like FUN!

I'm working on this week 2 signs 24 x 24 each, 1 mermaid window 40 x 39, 3 abstracts 24 x 40 each, 1 floral 18 x 18 and 2 custom beveled windows 44 x 60. Can't wait to get one of them done. But between clients in and out of the studio and holds up for kiln working, airbrushing, sand blasting etc. work to be completed it takes a lot of time. I hope to be done with all of them in the next week since we have 12 other client's on the schedule to begin their work.

Sammut GREAT work love the colors.

Bettypauze LOL I did that once and then scraped the project and reused the glass in another window that inspired me. I found unless I'm inspired it just doesn't get done so why start it... lol Good luck send us picture when you done.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Gourd you make me tired :)
have you gotten your windown finished?

sammut nice pots ..

Victoria Harbour, ON

Absolutely gorgeous...you've given me a thought, wonder if I could do same, unfoil and use the glass in one that inspires me..you are so on target, if it's not something you love it will stay unfinished...

I did though pour a mold for a bench and used up a lot of leftover glass...lordy, even using panes meant for other projects..lol..once you cut it, it's leftovers right?

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Fletcher, NC

I was inspired by this site to try my hand at covering a bowling ball. I glued about a zillion glass globs on a bowling ball, grouted it, then stuck in on top of my bottle tree. This whole thing is in front of my stained glass studio.

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Victoria Harbour, ON

Just too adorable, love it...

I'm so bad, was looking at your gorgeous garden and saw the metal frames, thought wouldn't it be nice to go purchase a flower pot saucer to fit the size of the metal plant holder, large enough for it to sit inside and on it's rim BUT ONLY after you do same technique as you did with the bowling ball...can't you see a lovely blue glass birdbath?

Cedar Park, TX

Bettypauze - are you talking about those tomato plant stands in heartofglass's garden? Trying to picture what you are saying.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Yes I am..you know the dish that sits underneath big flower pots, clay dish...if you sat it on the top of a tomato stand it would be another piece of art...

not sure this site has photo, but it would give instructions

http://www.ehow.com/how_2076921_make-bird-bath-from-clay.html

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Hello to all of you. Gourd, I'm so glad to finally find you. Lady, you have been missed. You know you were my inspiration on all the TtT items I made. Now I have something I really need your help with. This is a picture of one end of my sun room and I want to put stain glass on the top windows. The sun is on those windows every afternoon, and I think they would be beautiful. The next picture will be the stain glass I want to use. I would only want to use the color in the larger design. Have started removing the glass, but have no clue how to follow thru with my idea.

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

The stain glass for my sun room windows.

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Mesilla Park, NM

Oh my goodness, that is some gorgeous glass there.

Okay, first of all, you need to measure your windows and make some paper templates just to make sure that you have enough glass for each one, and re-measure, then decide what type of frame you will use.

I am assuming that you are going to place the new panels over the existing ones, which is the way I would do it without going into major construction and tearing up anything. You can just place your new window panels over the glass.

Once you have your frames made, then you can remeasure the frame against the window. Then trace the inside of the frame space on paper and draw your pattern. If you are using the same pattern there, you can just trace the pieces of glass as they are, then you can draw some shapes for the areas that do not have glass. These areas will be filled in with whatever color you choose, clear or clear colored, just so that the two windows match, stick with the same color for both.

After that, then you can foil them and solder them. If you choose a wooden frame, then you can use the same silicone glue/sealant we used for mosaic on the birdbaths. If you choose to use Zinc, then you have to order some and also use some grout to keep the zinc from moving.

Did you want to use Lead or copper foil? It will not be hard to do this, I wish you lived closer to me, we could work on it together. I don't know if I could teach the lead method on line. And you already know how to foil and solder, so it would be easier. I am foiling mine. If they are needing reinforcement, let me know and I'll try to show you how to do that, I think they need reinforcement every 18 inches if they are larger than that. It is not hard to do that.

YOU GO GIRL..

A.

Mesilla Park, NM

Faye, are those beveled glass, you may need to go with lead came if they are, that is stronger, and beveled glass is much thicker and heavier than the regular sheets of glass. they sell the lead came by the roll and it is soft and pliable. Then you can use a wooden frame or a Zinc frame to hold it together.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Wow! thank you Gourd, I sure wish you lived close to me. I'm afraid I do not have enough experience to tackle such a major job. I would be afraid I would make a mess of the existing windows and I sure do not want to do that. Thank you so much for all the info. I knew you could do it!
Love you lady!
Faye

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Faye we all wish we lived in Gourds Back Yard :)

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

LOL...How right you are denimangle, I've wished that every time I've seen her work.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

I love living out in the woods away from the city. Untill it comes to classes not being offered any closer then a 5 to 6 hour round trip drive
trying to self teach your self can be a pain :)

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Self teach! Are you kidding, LOL I have made some of the biggest messes trying to teach me to do something that Gourd has done.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Well it doesn't work out a lot of the time...lol
but if you really want to do something and have no other way you just do it ,
I taught my self to make quilts and have sold 100s to the public
doing the samething with glass im still in the baby stage but have sold a few things
but for some reason Mosaics are not reaching out to me and I really want to start on something :(

Mesilla Park, NM

Faye, you can also use glue and glue the glass onto some glass and instead of solder, use grout... you need to use some high ladders, and I don't know if that is a good idea, a fall could do a lot of harm to us if we lose our balance. You may still be able to do this if you have them make you some duplicate windows and you work on them on a table, then have someone professionally install them for you. Glass on Glass, that would look nice too.

Thank you guys for the compliments.. you will never know what I have been up to.

I got 8 box turtles, real ones... and I've been making pens for them, they are really neat characters. I love them. They are rescues, I did get three for my birthday, the rest were turtles that needed homes and I want MORE.. remember those helmet turtles I was making, well, this is one of my babies.. after having over 45 fake turtles over the years, I finally got some real ones.

This is Big Al, his name is Alamo. He follows me around and he is smelling the cord to the camera. They really entertain me and they are just funny little guys too.

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Gourd, your turtle rescue is awesome. I'm so proud of you. LOL and as you might already know, I would like to do that too. how did you ever learn that you could rescue turtles, and from where?

Thank you for all the suggestions for my windows, but I'm going to try and forget the idea. Sounds like it would cost a small fortune to have someone do it, and I'm not experienced enough. Wish you were here.
Faye

Mesilla Park, NM

Faye,

Here are a couple of sites with Turtle Adoption in your State, give them a call, also call your local pet shelters.

http://reptile.rescueme.org/NorthCarolina

http://www.kingsnake.com/adoption.html


The ones I've got are Box Turtles (terrapene) land turtles. You may be able to get some water turtles too, I don't have an aquarium and don't want to clean one.. so I got some outside turtles, they still need maintenance but they are so neat, they come to you and recognize you from far, they know what time you feed them too.

Good luck.

The glass you have there will make a great table top with grout.... use the cement board on the top so that you can use it outside. (backer board) they have some really thin board that you can replace or place on top of the table to make it waterproof.

A.

Austin, TX

sammut, Iove your concept and your color blocking. I'm a cactus nut and look forward to seeing it planted...I like to do little plant asssembledges.
Wish this little bowl was done with mosaic!

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Thank you Gourd. I think I have to settle on doing this table top with the glass. I have had a glass top cut, (never would if I had priced it before it was done, $102.) I had thought I would put the stain glass on top of this glass and then grout. What is cement board? Where do I get it?

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Table is looking better after one cession of sanding. Still will sand again before priming and painting.

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western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi Slyguy here is the succulent pot old pic. taken as it was potted up back in March .---elaine

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western sydney nsw, Australia

Iam working on my first butterfly trying at 2 colours grouting also first time - have grouted the butterfly black when the back ground is finished will grout with white .---------elaine.

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Mesilla Park, NM

sammut, That butterfly is going to look great. Looks like you have a few projects going there. I'm in the middle of a couple and they are at a standstill right now.

I got a neat tip at a workshop two months ago. They used a sandbox, or a box with sand, and put the ceramic tile in the box then used a hammer to break it, none of the pieces flew anywhere. I don't recommend it without safety glasses. but you can wrap a around it and then stick it into the sand for support, then hit it with a hammer. Pretty cool how they did it and taught us to use the nippers correctly.. (correctly for me)..lol I'm so used to cutting glass that I don't know how to use the tile nippers.


Faye, the hardy backer board is sold at Lowes and is 1/4 inch thick about 3ftx5ft and is made out of concrete. You can cut that in half and have two half circles or buy two boards if the circle is larger. This should be placed on top of your wood so that the wood won't warp on you and not to be used alone. Cost is approximately 8 or 9 dollars each. I didn't ask if they would cut it out for me, but, then again, you could make it a square table on the circular frame you have there, use a square piece of wood or lots of pieces of wood, just glue the backerboard to that. Then start your mosaic. I also can take a photo of the glue that the used for the fountains they were making, I bought some and want to make an outdoor table as well.

you can still use that beautiful glass just place it in a way that will look good, you can make a large circle or even two semi circles... on a square table... you have lots of options.

Good luck.

A.

Austin, TX

sammut, the planted 2 tier piece looks great, I'm envious....I love the deep red and burnt orange in your butterfly. It wouldn't have occured to me to use 2 colors of grout, but I can see how the dark enriches the deeper colors and the white will blent with the sky blue. Well done!

western sydney nsw, Australia

Gourd- Iam aways playing with lots of ideas at once Just had new idea working out how to hang a mirror from the rafters first have to cut and put a extra beam up when doing things just have to look up to see how it will look from a distance . This will save time no more standing things up and walking away to see how things are going .
I like the idea of the sand box try thate tomorrow.
Iam useless with nippers I use a small hammer and chip the edgers till tile fits .

Sylguy- Thanks I dont use a lot of bright colours thate way every thing blends together better in my small yard.--------elaine

western sydney nsw, Australia

Mirror above work bench completed I think it might need to hang on a angle .----elaine.

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Pretty butterfly sammut5. hope my project will turn out looking that good.
Gourd, thank you so much for all you do to help me. Thank you for the backer board info. and yes, I would like to see the glue used.
AYF, Faye

western sydney nsw, Australia

Fay Iam sure your table will be beautiful .
This is a few things I have been doing they will be used as wall decorations to go in a out side room .-------elaine.

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

WOW! what talent, and pretty too.

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