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February 2015

Getting Ready

I have been painting glass like crazy lately.  Getting ready for several shows that I have coming up in the next few months.  You can check out my show listings any time by going to my 2015 Art Show Schedule page here or via the link above.

Here is a sampling of what's coming out of my studio lately.

Little Robin 2"Little Robin"  Approx. 6 x 10" overall

Chickadee and Blooms"Chickadee and Blooms"  Approx. 6 x 10" overall

Desert Bloom 2"Desert Bloom"  Approx. 6 x 12" overall

Red Bird in Mahogany with greyscale"Red Bird in Mahogany"  Approx. 11 x 11" overall


Standing Up

I have been working on making some new pieces that are multiple layers of glass with paintings on each layer.  I made a very small one to start with that was just 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" but 1/2" thick (4 layers of glass).  At the same time I made one that was about 7 x 9" and 3/8" thick (3 layers of glass).

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4 layers of glass have all been through 3 firings of painting, ready to be fused together.

I wanted to be sure I understood what would happen between the layers in terms of air bubbles and how the paint would react.  Both came out wonderfully. They take extra firings and extra sanding/finishing work to create such thick pieces with nice, smooth, presentable edge.

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Fully fused 4 layers of glass with black glass border - ready for grinding and polishing of edges. 

Then I had to figure out how to display these new pieces.  My friend, Cynthia, generously gave up some time to try to weld up some steel I had bought in an attempt to make nice, heavy metal stands.  The one we finished didn't quite come out the way we hoped.

So, I went back to a material I understand and enjoy - wood.  Another friend, Jennifer, generously gave me some thick boards of beautiful mahogany.  I took them home and started on my idea. 

After several hours of cutting, sanding, figuring and re-working, this is what I came up with for the larger piece.

  Learn from Trees 3Front of finished piece - base is 3 layers of 3/4" thick mahogany, frame is 3/4" thick mahogany with shaped and finished edge.  1/8" steel rod is used to hold the glass in place.

Learn from Trees 4 BackBack of finished piece

I am beyond thrilled with the result. 

The smaller piece I decided would be really great as a paperweight.  But it still needed a display stand.  My dear husband designed this block from extra thick oak to hold and display the glass while it isn't in use holding down necessary papers.

Bird Paperweight 1

Bird Paperweight 2

It is just perfect for it's job.