Here is how I spent my Friday evening, getting some hooking time in, relaxing after a very busy week at work, and slowly recuperating after the oral surgery the Friday before. My jaw is still just a little sore, but healed for the most part.
Crochet is very relaxing to me, it is very therapeutic. I love it. If I am too tired to design jewelry, or fuse glass, I can still be creative and crochet. I will not use power tools or light a torch when I am tired, as that is a recipe for disaster, so I can pick up a crochet hook and be creative and also relax at the same time. The stress of a busy day, or week melts away.
This will be a gift for someone special, so I am not telling you any more about it for now. You will see pics of it when it is finished.
Finally finished all my Fused Glass kitchen cabinet Door and Drawer Pulls.
I started by out laying out and cutting my glass in 1 and 1/2 inch squares. I actually started these quite some time back in the old art studio upstairs, and finished them in the new art studio.
I ground the edges so they were not sharp on my glass grinder.
Here is a group all cut and ready to start placing the diachroic pieces on top.
Then I started laying out the little dichroic pieces of glass and the stringers on top of the blue glass and securing them with a drop of clear craft glue, so they don’t move in the kiln as the glass begins to work when firing.
In the top section of the pic above you can see 6 already fused drawer and door pulls.
I fired a total of 47 door and draw pulls. I needed 45 for my kitchen. I wanted a couple of extras, just in case one breaks in the future. Below, another group cleaned, laid out, glued and ready to fire in the kiln.
Below: In the kiln ready to fire.
The two pics below show some of the finished, fired pulls after they came out of the kiln.
Each draw and door pull is a one-of-a-kind original piece of art.
Below is a pic of the backing pieces I purchased especially for mounting on fused glass door and drawer pulls.
Backs epoxied on and ready to mount on the cabinets.
Mounting them on the kitchen cabinets
Here we have some of the hand built Hickory cabinets, built especially for my kitchen by a wonderful friend!! I had to do his beautiful cabinets justice and make special door and drawer pulls for them.
Below: Close up of a couple of the upper cabinets with pulls mounted.
Below: Close up of under Island cabinets with pulls mounted.
It is so nice to get back to teaching again, and to have the space to teach in. Just loving the New Art Studio!! Such a great creative energy in my new space!! If you know me you know I love creating and I love teaching. I am a little slow with this post, as you know life and work sometimes gets sometimes gets in the way.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Class to a student named Pat. Pat declined to be photographed, but I did take pics of the projects we worked on. It was a fun class.
In this pic we are sculpting some of the PMC.
For those who don’t know anything about PMC, it is like modeling clay. You have to keep it moist while you work with it. You can roll it, press it, draw on it and/or carve designs in it, just like modeling clay or FIMO.
Here are some of Pat’s pieces she was creating in Class.
You can see some of the tools on the table, cookie cutters, textured sheets to press designs into the clay. It is a lot of fun to work with.
After you are done sculpting and the clay has dried, you can clean up any rough edges on the pieces, and the put them in the kiln and fire them. Two hours later, presto you have a metal pendant. In this case we used Silver Clay and it comes out .999 Silver, better than Sterling Silver.
Below, Pat’s finished pieces. Three after polishing, one before polishing up.
And my finished pieces.
I would love to teach a class for you, and love to share my knowledge with you. Contact me to arrange your class. Click here for more info on classes: “Classes I Teach”
This post is a deviation from my regular posts, it has a little to do with the new art studio. I thought I would show you our fresh paint on our house, after we stuccoed it.
Here is a shot of the stucco going on, which gives you a before image. It is an old house which was built in 1925, which has been the never-ending remodeling project for years now. We painted it white with the teal trim 20 years ago. It definitely needed a face lift. My Hubby says we are going to restore it to the spender it never had. LOL
Here is the front of the house now. This is the north and west sides. (Obviously we have some construction debris to clean up, but I just had to share pics.)
A bit closer pic of the front. They still have some soffit work to finish up.
Close up of the west side.
Another view of the west side from the back yard. This is the kitchen/dinning room side and our bedroom above it.
The back of the house, south side.
This it the living room door facing the north, with the river view.
The main door facing the north, which enters into the dining room/kitchen area. Both doors enter from the front patio.
This is the east side, the living room, and above it on the north-east corner (the right side) is my old art studio which will be the new fiber art studio (sewing, yarn, spinning, all things fiber related) and on the upper south-east corner (the left side) is my office. Here is a before pic of the stucco going on. We also replaced 5 windows on the second story a few years ago as you can see.
And here is the east side now.
Another view of the east side, living room, fiber art studio and office.
We also had the painters paint the patio wall. This is the view of the river from our living room and front patio. You can also see our deck in the right hand side of the pic among my hubby’s potted plants (Pineapples and hot peppers).
Out in the back yard on the south side of the house we have my new art studio, and…
Rick’s wood shop.
My, how some stucco and a fresh coat of paint can change a place! Still a lot of construction clean up to do, but we are getting there!! I love it.
Wrapping it up. Not much more to finish the new art studio. Got the last section of the floor on the south side painted.
Cleaning and prepping the last section of the floor on the north side for painting.
Putting the paint on one of the last sections of the floor on the north side.
My Hubby got the exterior motion detector light installed, so the last section of the wall inside has been closed up and caulked. Ready for primer on the wood trim around the door, and for the final coat of paint.
The painter who was painting our house also painted the exterior walls of the new art studio for me, so I did not have to paint it myself. Yay!! Here is the north side with the window and door.
Here is the south side with the big window.
Here is what both halves looks like from the outside.
Not much left to complete it, a little bit of paint on the inside corner by the front door, and one small section of the floor left to paint, a few touch up spots here and there, and it is done!!!
I am down to all the finishing touches on the new art studio.
Here you can see I finally got all my sheets of stained glass out of the house and back into the cabinet where they belong safe and sound! Yay!! Only chipped the corner of one piece. I thought that was a pretty good accomplishment. It took me months and months of carrying a few sheets out at a time every time I went out back. As you can see I have a lot of beautiful stained glass to work with. I have it all organized by brand and by fusible and non-fusible, and have one cubby for my glass rods for lampwork or flamework glass bead making. This will make everything very easy to access when I want to create!!
I started grouting the tile on the new counter top, messy, but a necessity. My wonderful Hubby, Rick, got the trim board mounted on the front of the counter top.
Finally all the grouting mess is done and the tile cleaned!!! Yay!!!
My two 110 Kilns and my microwave are now reposing on the new counter top in their new home.
Now I am back to finishing the painting of the floor! You can also see I put spray foam in the crack in the floor between the two units to seal it up.
Prepping the next section of the floor for paint, under the window on the South side.
In between waiting on paint, grout and caulk to dry, and while cleaning out the old art studio upstairs in the house, I found this old Dave’s Insanity hot sauce bottle rack. I stuck it away some years ago on a shelf and forgot I had it, thinking I could use it for something.
I flipped it upside down, and got my wonderful Hubby to cut a dowel and drill holes in it for the dowel.
I put a couple of coats of some pretty blue paint on it and, presto change o, I now have a new “upcycled”/”recycled” rack for my spools of bead stringing wire and my small pliers, cutters and crimping tools!!! I love my little rack!!
Here is the latest update on the New Art Studio. It is almost done.
I have been continuing to bring all my stained glass out of the house a few sheets at a time and putting them back in the cabinet. I have been organizing it by brands of glass, and fusible and non-fusible glass. I also had a cubby for my glass rods for lampwork bead making. Everything will be real easy to access for ease of creating.
Just had to show you this pretty piece of my stained glass. I have so many pieces of beautiful glass. I was very fortunate to buy a lot of beautiful glass some years ago from a lady who was moving out of state for a very reasonable price.
We brought my stainless steel table out of storage with help of my grandson, Devin. Forgot how heavy the thing was!! It will be the prefect work surface for my torches for lampwork, also called flamework, bead making! This is not it’s final resting place, but we got it into the studio. I will move it after the rest of the floor is painted.
Final coat of paint on the last wall on the north side by the door, except for that upper corner and the door trim on the right hand side. My Hubby, Rick, is installing a motion detector light on the outside of the building, and then that panel will be put up and painted, and the door trim painted. It is dark at night walking in and out of the house into the back yard, so the light is much needed.
Hubby put the trim board on the front edge of the counter top and I started grouting the tile.
Removing the blue painter’s tape from around the window on the north side.
Next work to be done: finish grouting the tiles, finish painting the floors, also have some touch up spots of paint here and there, and paint the trim boards on both counter tops. Almost done!!
Hi everyone. Hope you are having a great week. Thought you would like an update on the interior painting progress of my new Art Studio from last weekend. Hurricane Hermine set us back a bit. Several days of torrential rains prevented me from being able to get out into the back yard and get into the Studio. The backyard became a swamp of water. Thank the Lord we had nothing severe here, just tons and tons of rain and we were already waterlogged from a very wet summer. On Saturday I had to make myself a walkway to the Studio with some paver bricks so that I could get out there to paint without getting my feet wet. You can see in the pic the water is about ankle deep here near the Studio door, almost to the top of the bricks. Out towards the center of the back yard, to the right of the pic, it was almost a foot deep.
The back yard still has some standing water in it days later and is slowly drying out. We are one house off the river so we had to literally watch the creek behind the house and make sure it did not rise too high. Hubby put plastic and sand bags along the front edge of the house just in case. The Counties north of us got hit really hard. Lots of damage from high winds, trees falling on homes and cars, and lots and lots of flooded homes. So we are definitely counting our blessings.
I decided that painting the cabinets would be easier to do if I did them before Rick installs the sink and the counter top under them for me. I cleaned the cabinets and got the cabinet doors taken off them. These are the ones on the left hand side of the studio.
Doors set up and ready to paint the primer.
Two coats of primer painted on the doors. There are 5 cabinet doors on this side of the Studio.
I started putting the primer on the cabinet facings. I am leaving the insides of the cabinets white, so not putting any paint on them. Just painting everything that was pale pink previously.
Two coats of primer on all the facings.
And two coats of primer under the cabinet. They are ready for the new paint.
I am not going to tell you what color I am painting the cabinets, not just yet. You will have to wait for the big reveal!! LOL. Stay tuned for more updates to come.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, been quite busy building my new Art Studio. Getting so excited!!! It is getting near being finished!!! Cannot wait to actually start creating in it!! Here are some chronological pics of the past 3 months:
In May we began framing up the interior walls (above). Then came the insulation (below).
My hubby found some great bargains, he trolls all the Swap shops and CraigsList when we need something. We scored a brand new exterior door in the frame with the locks for $100 (you can see the door in the pic below sitting in the background). I needed two windows, one for each of the two front walls, found them, brand new never installed $50 each, another great score (sorry no pics of the windows yet).
By July we were putting up the interior wall boards. Joey and Bethany did the framing, the insulation, and the wall boards and ceiling in the back half of the two sections. It is an art studio, so not getting fancy. I thought about sheet rock, then I thought about all the tapeing, bedding, sanding, floating, and all the sheet rock dust, (been there, done that, with the house remodel) and I decided wall board would be much, much easier, and not as messy!! Install it, caulk the corners and seams, and paint it!!
After the wall boards went up, we brought my cabinets out of storage. My daughter-in-law’s brother, Randy, scored me these nice cabinets from a dentist office remodel, at the best price of all, they were free. I have had them in storage waiting for this studio build for about a year and a half now! By the way, hanging the ceiling boards was quite a bit of work, but we got them up. Had some great help from one of the youth from church, Thomas, and also from my grandson, Matthew and his girlfriend Em, and his best friend, Joseph. All of us hung the wall and ceiling boards in the front end of the studio.
Here is what the two halves of the studio looked like in July. The left side will have a sink and counter top under the cabinets. The right side will be for my kilns. I will have a wet side, on the left, and a hot side, on the right. My glass band saw and glass grinder have diamond bits and are water cooled to keep the diamond bits cutting efficiently. Having them near the sink will be fantastic, and will make it so much easier to fill them when needed.
In the above pic, on the right side, you can also see my brand new glass fusing kiln. We brought it out of storage too. We scored that about a year and a half ago also. It has been patiently waiting in storage for it’s new home. $3000 kiln, brand new, never fired, stole it for $1000. The gentleman bought it for his wife and she got sick and never used it. We drove to Atlanta to pick it up, but it was so worth it. The small table top kilns will be on a counter top under the cabinets.
Below you can see by August I started painting the wall boards. Here is the first coat of paint going on the walls, and the ceiling. (You can see my new sink in this pic.) Had some great help painting from Thomas, and from my granddaughter, Sarah.
More to come in the next post!!! Just wanted to share the studio progress with you so you would know what I have been up to, and why I haven’t posted much in a while.
Creating new Necklaces for the up coming Art on the Water show
I just thought you might like to see what I am working on. Here is my work bench and the some of the stuff just finished and some in the process, preparing for this coming Saturday’s show. (See my previous post for Art on the Water show info.)
Two finished necklaces in the fore ground of the picture. The cross on the left I did a few weeks ago, the dangle one on the right, I just finished Mon night. On the bead board is the next one I started laying out last night and stringing. It will be multi-strand.
The next step in the process is to price each finished piece and to photograph them. I so love being creative. I love making wearable Art, and I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoy creating it for you.
I wish I could do this full time. One day soon I will retire from the paralegal gig and just have fun creating full time. Have a happy Tuesday everyone. Do come see me at Art on the Water this Saturday, Jackson’s Bistro, Tampa, Florida. (See previous blog post or Events page for more info.)
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I am starting the new show season for 2012/2013 and you don’t want to miss my first show of the season. Winter is our art season down here in Florida, unlike many other states where spring and summer are the season. Our summers are too hot, but fall, winter and spring are just right for doing art shows and festivals.
My very first show will be this next weekend:
I will be on the waterfront at Jackson’s Bistro, Harbor Island, Tampa Florida, Saturday September 16, 2012, 11 am to 6 pm. I am excited as this looks to be a fantastic show. I love doing shows by the water.
I will be in the studio creating all weekend and every evening this week getting ready for the show. I am promising to create new rings, earrings, bracelets and much more. I will post pics as I create.
If you are in the Tampa Florida area please come out and see me. I would love to meet you. Come by my tent and say hi. Start your Christmas shopping early and get a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of “Art You Can Wear” for that special someone. Hope to see you next week.
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