Linda, Katiebear, digger ... thank you.. I'm going to town on glass here.. I am enjoying this so much.. here is what I am working on this week and I am anxious for the next one... I've got some plans for a really neat project..
Here is a desertscape that is finally taking shape here 16"x20", will be framed also with cactus overlay, not sure which cactus yet, i've got some done but not too sure I like them. I'm stuck on this size for now. I guess I feel comfortable here, hopefully I can get a little different shape with the next one. I just started the foiling today.
You all have inspired me to try new things. I am doing mosaics for Christmas gifts and hope to take a few stained glass classes this winter with DH. I posted some picture on another site awhile back. When I get time I will post some here.
Great job Gourd!
Gourd, that will be gorgeous, as usual. Where will it hang ? It might be a great addition for a patio.
How do you foil ? By 'hand' or with one of the machines ? I have a Tiffany style lampshade class coming up that will require a lot of foiling and it is a process I have had very little experience with.
I foil by hand, I did purchase a foiler but it looks intimidating, and the instructions say you have to practice and after a couple of hours you will go faster... I figured by the time I practice I should be done with this... I may try it some day. they had one that looked like an old disc player and it seemed that at the class they were having trouble getting it to function smoothly, I am trying to remember what the gentlemen said he had to do to it ( I'll ask on Friday).. it seems that he had been fiddling with it trying to get it to work. The one I got is a GlaStar foiler. The other one that I mentioned above can be seen on the Glass Crafters Stained Glass supply on line site.
Here is a photo of the Rooster before it left this morning to Albuquerque, this shows the texture of the glass a little bit better than the first photo. I'm going to miss it.
That sounds like a great idea Sally, I've got to see if I can make it small enough.. I'll go try to draw a small coyote or two howling at the moon. I'll put paper cutouts on it first to see how they would look.
looks ok to me as is . a set would be fab .i sure like stained glass , maybe someday i'll get a chance to try it . i found a guy that does it and he said anytime he's working on it , come down and he'll show me how . free!!
digger, be sure to go for a couple of classes, once you see someone do one, then you can see how simple it really is. I am a visual person most of the time, so it really helps when I see someone do whatever it is that they are teaching.. you'll have it down in no time.
Gourd, I spent the most of summer digging out for a new room on the back of my mobile home , but am NOT going to tie up next year (summer) with lengthy projects that will take me away from doing what I want to do , and believe me ,stained glass is high on my list of want to's .I'm glad you said it was easier than most people think , so will really get into it, come spring when we return . how about glass? Is it easy to come by , or does it cost an arm and a leg ? I've gotten into painting on glass and have a hugh inventory of paint for folk furniture . going to paint , paint , and cut glass . DH is going to have to relearn how to run the washing machine. thanks for the inspiration ! Oh and of course , will be laying rock to make terraces and walk ways . that's a got to . hugs, sally
I was so happily surprised when I started this class at the Senior Center no less.. Some of the glass can be expensive, but, there is affordable glass too. It ranges from the high end to the low end. Also, keep your eye out on freecycle and craigslist. And the ads in the Thrifty Nickel those weekly car/garage sale papers, I found 10 sheets of glass in one of those plus all the supplies and tools needed to cut glass.
Don't forget to check out the local stained glass shops for Scrap glass, they sell it for a couple of dollars a pound and if you go in person, they let you pick your pieces. Hobby Lobby is the only source here (don't for get they have 40% off coupons) you could be buying on tool at a time, but, there are stores that make doors and they also have sheets of Architectual glass that you can buy, it is mostly clear, but it has some neat texture... also, come to think of it, I don't see why we couldn't ask for their scrap glass. Just keep all these in mind..
Oh, don't I wish we lived next door to each other. I go by myself, and sometimes it gets darned lonely. But I get excited anyway. lol, then I come and share here. My DH went to ABQ to take the rooster and he stopped at a shop there and got me some scrap glass and one of the owners of one of the shops sent me a box full of clear scrap free, some really neat pieces in there too.. I want make a Hot Air Balloon panel with most of the small pieces, it will work out great and I'l'l use mostly clear for one of the Hot Air Balloons. Also ask on freecycle for any scrap stained glass, you never know. IF you start stocking up a little here and there, you will have enough to start your first project..
If you have a restore, go there, I found a couple of pieces there also.
Hey guys, here's Mrs. Rooster, meet Ms. Chicken.. hopefully I can get her done by Christmas time to join Mr. Rooster at my daughter's house.
this is the pattern I drew, I changed a couple of things on the Chicken during the glass cutting stage at home. My instructor has been gone a couple of weeks so I'm hoping to surprise her with this panel. I have about two weeks to get it done before she gets back.
I really like the way your background pieces flow together in the chickens designs---nice job! And your desertscape is beautiful, 'specially with the light behind it! I think not adding the moon or coyote was a good decision.
Congrats on getting them both finished!
Thank you both, I'm really happy with the desertscape, one of the Ladies at the center wanted to buy it to install it on her back door. I'm glad It wasn't finished at the time, she said she would take it as is. I'm debating on where it will go because it really looks prettier than the photo shows.
I think my practice is over though, it is time to start on my 10 windows. They are 10" by 4 ft long each. I've been playing with a pattern and after the holidays, it'll be time to go to work on these. Thank god they are all the same size and I'm going to TRY to be consistent with the design so that I can be done by Spring time. You all may not see me for an awful long time..lol (wish me luck)!!!!
That's ambitious! I hope you'll start a blog on DG and take pictures all the way through showing your progress...I've done that on a couple of mine, and it really helps me to be able to look back when I get bogged down and frustrated. And I can send the link to my friends and get their encouragement----you know everyone here will be rootin' for you!
I'm getting myself ready for them..lol.. have some beveled items coming that I ordered this week.. they will go on the windows. I am so excited, finally got a theme that we can live with for the kitchen. Also, got enough beveled pieces to insert in the backsplash ( only a few will go on there). Hopefully I won't ruin the house by the time I'm done.
I've made five sets of grapes that will go into the windows and have more to grind, i'll take a couple of photos this week. I really need to clean around the house and empty stuff out, it is driving me nuts.. I collect everything you can think of.