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!!
Sorry I have not posted in a while. It got crazy, busy around here over the Holidays and we were out of town a lot, as you saw by some of my posts.
Here is the latest update on the New Art Studio progress.
Doing lots of tedious stuff the past few weeks, such as removing blue painters tape around the windows and a/c units.
More tedious stuff, such as caulking all the cracks in the ceiling before the final coat of paint.
Putting the final top coat of paint on the cased opening.
(Sorry about the glare from the lights.)
Every time I come out from the house I bring some of my stained glass with me to put in the cabinet. Here is a couple of my beautiful pieces. These are original Wasser Glass I acquired from Chad Wasser himself, from his private stash, which is no longer made. You can still get Wasser Glass, but they just don’t make the colors like this anymore!!
Another piece of my beautiful original Wasser Glass from Chad.
Scored some beautiful porcelain tile at Habitat Restore for my counter top on the south side of the art studio for $25.00. Yes!! Score of the day!!
Hubby, Rick, got the title installed, now I have to grout it.
I just love how all my Sterilite drawers fit under the counter top neatly. I planned it like this. Makes it so easy to access my tools and supplies. Love it!!
Here is the next installment of the New Art Studio progress.
Down to the finishing touches, the nitty gritty tedious stuff, like caulking seams and corners.
Final coat of paint going on the two front walls around the windows and the cased opening.
Starting to put my shelves back into my cabinet, and every time I come outside from the house I carry some of my stained glass out and am putting it back in the cabinet.
Close up of some of my pretty stained glass and glass rods.
Another close up of some glass.
Since I took the cabinet out to the New Art Studio a couple of months ago, all my beautiful stained glass collection has been resting against the wall in the old art studio upstairs in the house. I hold my breath when I am in there around it, will be glad to get it all transported outside and back into it’s cabinet where it is safe and sound.
Wow, I have not posted in a few weeks. Time to catch you up on my progress report. As you all know it is a very busy time of year. In between painting in the Studio, working in the Law Office, holiday events, we got to take a week’s vacation (pics later in the post about that).
My Grandson, Matthew, came over several times and assisted in the painting. In this pic he is putting primer on the walls. We had fun painting together. He is a very talented, award winning, artist in his own right and he is excited about coming to play with his Nana in the New Art Studio when it is done. We always have fun being creative together.
I got part of the floor painted and the large kilns moved into their new spot where they will live.
We got two coats of primer finished around the window and a/c.
My hubby built my second counter top under the south side cabinets. The clamps on the edges and weights on the top are to hold it all together until the glue dries.
Here is the Counter top without the weights and clamps. I think I am going to tile it, as my two small table top 110 kilns will live on it.
Here you can see all the rest of the wood getting two coats of primer around the cased opening.
And finally started the primer around the last bit of raw wood around the smaller window and door on the north side!!!
The tediousness of taping off around the window so I can paint around it.
Now more about our Vacation. We were blessed, so very blessed!!! We were given one week’s free stay in a timeshare near Disney. Yes I said free!!! A very dear friend, Chris, so totally blessed us!!! We lounged at the pool, the hot tub and the Lazy River, which floats around part of the resort. We sleep in, we did nothing but rest and relax for a week!!! It was so wonderful and such a blessing!!
More pics of the Lazy River. Sorry about the sun glare on this one.
The waterfall at the Lazy River.
A pic of the resort, Holiday Inn Resort, Orange Lake, such a wonderful place.
A shot of the Christmas Tree. Gotta love living in paradise. Only in Florida can you go swimming in December!!! I just love the shadow over the Christmas Tree, look closely, it is in the shadow of a palm tree, with another palm tree behind it!
The vacation was truly wonderful!!! The rest and relaxation we much needed!!!
And now you know why I have not posted in a while.
I am back at my painting and caulking in the new art studio, so more pics to come in the next post.
I took a break from all the painting of walls and floors to do a little creating. I needed a birthday gift for a friend, so decided to fuse some glass.
Covered my table with butcher paper and set up all my tools, molds and glass.
Set up my glass band saw and glass grinder and filled them with water. They have diamond bits and so I have to water cool the bits.
Laid out the glass and the mold and drew up the pattern on the glass
Shinning the light through the stained glass so you can see how pretty it is.
Cutting the first glass heart.
Cutting the second glass heart.
Laying out the stained glass and the dichroic glass I plan to fuse onto the heart-shaped bowls, and preparing the molds for fusing.
Fiber paper placed between the molds and the glass so the glass will not stick to the molds as it slumps down into the molds. Molds in the kiln, and ready to fire.
Kiln door closed and started on high. I set my desktop 110 kiln on top of the large kiln temporarily so I could fire it, as the counter top has not been build yet where it will repose permanently.
50 minutes of firing in the kiln, then cool down. Once the kiln is shut off I cannot look in it until the glass is completely cooled for risk of it cracking. That is always the hardest part, waiting to see the finished pieces! The next morning I opened the kiln and, yay! Good firing!!!
Glass removed from the molds and cleaned, signed and dated on the back. The finished fused glass heart-shaped bowls!
Linda loved her birthday gift. These small fused glass heart-shaped bowls are great for putting rings and earrings in on top of your dresser at night. They are one of my popular sellers. I can create them in any color under the rainbow.
And there you have the very first artwork created in my new art studio. It was so nice having all that room to spread out, work and create, and so much fun creating after the long break of building the studio. Even though the studio is not done yet, I improvised.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did!! We spent it with wonderful friends and stuffed ourselves!! What a spread of food! As you can see little Joey was in his place and ready to eat first!
I know your anxious to see the next group of pics of the New Art Studio, so here they are:
We started getting 2 coats of primer and the top coat of paint on all the walls and ceilings. My Grandson, Matthew, who is 20 years old, came over and helped me paint a couple of times last weekend. We got a lot accomplished. And we also got all the leftover construction materials moved out of the new studio, out of my way, as you can see it is making painting easier.
We got lots of primer and paint put on the walls and ceilings on the south side (above) and, (below) you can see how much we got accomplished. Painting together with my grandson was fun, we had a great time. He is quite a talented, award winning artist and he is anxious to come play in my New Art Studio with me.
We brought my glass storage cabinet down from the old art studio upstairs in the house out to the New Art Studio, and brought another set of wire shelves from storage. Now I have to put the shelves back in the cabinet and assemble the wire shelves, then I can bring all my stained glass out and put back in it the cabinet.
We brought my old Paragon Kiln down from upstairs in the old art studio in the house out to the New Art Studio. I bought it in the 1980s for $50, back then it would have cost $400 or $500 new, now days it would be about $2000 new. It has seen lots of firings of glass and pottery over the years. It is Old Faithful for sure, and it just keeps on ticking. We acquired the assistance of several strong young men to help carry the heavy stuff down and out!!
I put the freshly painted cabinet doors and the door pulls back on the south side cabinets.
I started painting the floor in that south side back section. Now my hubby can build my second counter top. This south side will be the hot side where my 4 kilns will live.
Yes, we made major accomplishments last weekend and this past week. Now off to paint some more walls and floors. Hope the rest of your Thanksgiving break goes wonderful.
The interior of the New Art Studio has taken me a lot longer than I thought, but working full-time with my Hubby the Attorney (running a full-time law practice) keeps me busy almost 24/7. I try to fit a couple of hours out in the New Studio almost every evening, but it doesn’t always happen.
Here are the newest pics:
Coat #2 going in the cabinet doors for the south side, those are now done.
The contractor finished closing in the opening between the north and south sides, all boxed in nice and neat. Sorry the overhead lights caused a glare in this pic. Now lots more wood to paint!
Another pic of the cased opening
Was able to sell that extra bat of insulation, yay! got it out of my way.
I got the final coat on the south side back section of the walls. Once the cabinets and floor are done in this back section, my Hubby can build my counter top which will be under the cabinets for my two table top 110 kilns.
Got two coats of primer on the cabinet facing, the underside of the cabinet and right side of it, and then started the purple paint last night on the south side cabinets.
Spent lots and lots of time this week caulking the corners and seams between boards, very tedious, but it has to get done.
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Time for another update on my progress on the new art studio:
My wonderful Hubby got my counter top built with the wonderful piece of Corian we scored at Habitat for Humanity for $15. I have to paint the wood. It is so nice, and my Sterlite drawers will fit under it perfectly.
I have steadily been bringing in art supplies from out of the old studio in the house into the new studio out back. Just stacking stuff for now, will organize it all later.
Two coats of primer on the walls around the cabinets on the south side. Ready for the final coat of paint.
Started the primer coats on the cabinet doors for the south side.
Working on the south side cabinets so I can bring in more art supplies and put them in those cabinets, and so my hubby can build me a counter top under the cabinets. I am making good progress. More pics to come.