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Before and After

I don't know if I ever showed you what my paints look like before and after they are fired.  I think I may have mentioned that I never really know exactly what things will look like after firing, but it's hard to imagine something like that without visual aids.

So, I actually took some before and after shots of the paperweights and desktop stands that I painted a week or so ago.  

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Crow Out Loud Paperweight 1

You can see the difference in depth, darkness and brightness.  And the head/neck color is pretty drastically different.  As I mix paints from a powder with water I can see, in general, what the finished color will be.  Then after it is painted on, it dries to the dull color.  On larger pieces that makes it a little more difficult, because one color will dry as I am adding other colors and you don't really get to see what they are going to look like together.  

I have learned to mostly play it by instinct and experience and go with what feels right at the time. I wish I had a before photo of one of my most recent pieces.  The paint went on a nice red-brown.  But when I mixed it, I mixed in some yellow to mellow it out and the finished color is a wishy-washy brown.  It's a good thing it "works" on the piece, because it was a larger piece and a bit more work.  I don't think anyone will know the difference except me, of course.

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Modern Getaway Phone Stand 1

So, there you have it -- another interesting aspect of working with glass and heat.  It's like a box of chocolates - You never know what you're gonna get!

 




Reduce -- Reuse -- Recycle --

Oh my, I just realized I haven't posted here since February!  Where does the time go.  Rest assured, I have been very busy.

It started with a bang-up sales weekend at the Circle of Art in Borrego Springs.  We had such a great time meeting people and selling my art.  We even saw several people that live near us in the mountains!  That was a treat.  I nearly sold out of everything - very exciting!

So, since then I have been working hard on lots of new pieces and even have come up with some new "functional" art designs.  I will post about those in a few days, but if you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen a sneak peak or two.

I have finished some new Glass Whimsies - Like these --

Under the Umbrella Tree 3
"Under the Umbrella Tree"

Small Town Livin 1
"Small Town Livin'"

 

And some new necklaces - Like these --

Catsanova 2
"Catsanova"

 

Floral Pause 2

"Floral Pause"

And there is so much more to do!  

So...now to the reason behind the title of this post.  We have some track lights in our kitchen.  The globes are made of glass and are about 4" round and 10" long.  

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Well, over the years, some of these fixtures have blown up on us.  I mean, the electrical portions have sparked and burned out.  We held onto the glass pieces because, well, I am a glass artist.  Surely there was a way I could use this glass in some creative way. 

Well, turns out my husband got a little tired of them sitting on his workbench, but he did have a fabulous way to use them! 

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Planters!  They are buried about half way down in the ground and since they have a hole in the bottom, they are perfect for a little splash of annual color in the bed next to our front door.  

Welcome, Spring!!